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The Best Virtual Art Exhibitions

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From The Enchanted Interior to TATE's Andy Warhol retrospective

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Longing to soak up some culture? You’ll be pleased to know you can still get your creativity fix with these virtual art exhibitions.

The Best Virtual Art Exhibitions


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  • Mindful Mushroom

    Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi

    If you thought there couldn’t possibly be an entire exhibition dedicated to the mighty shroom, think again. Somerset House is hosting a one-of-a-kind showcase exploring and celebrating fungi in all its wondrous forms, featuring the work of more than 40 renowned artists, designers and musicians including artist Cy Twombly, beloved author Beatrix Potter and composer John Cage. Whilst the arts centre is temporarily closed, a virtual tour of the exhibition will be available to explore from 18 May, in celebration of International Museum Day. Find out more here.

    Image: Seana Gavin, ‘Mindful Mushroom’, courtesy of the artist.

  • The Pilgrimage to Chikubu Island

    Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa

    Whilst a visit to London’s Japan House might be off the cards, a (virtual) visit to their latest exhibition is not. Explore the life and visionary works of celebrated Japanese illustrator Anno Mitsumasa in the culture hub’s first online showcase (using 3D technology), comprising 89 vivid Japanese paintings, watercolours, papercuts and more.

    Image: The Pilgrimage to Chikubu Island from ‘The Tale of Heike Picture Book’ (Courtesy of Anno Art Museum, Tsuwano)

  • Eye Viewing Room

    Eye Viewing Room

    Whilst Eye of the Collector’s inaugural fair was set to take place on 12th May, organisers have had to get creative in light of the lockdown.  The exhibition – comprising an eclectic collection of artworks from 21 international galleries and 16 cities – will now be showcased online. Each gallery will have its own viewing room, whilst works will also be imaginatively exhibited before a virtual backdrop of Two Temple Place, the venue in which the fair was set to take place. 12-31 May.

    Image: Frank Auerbach (b.1931), Head of JYM III, 1980, Osborne Samuel 

  • Picasso, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe' after Manet

    Picasso and Paper

    The RA advised leaving up to two hours for perusing this huge exhibition, and it’s easy to see why. Featuring over 300 works – including quick doodles and Femmes à leur toilette, a gigantic collage of over five metres – it showcases a huge range of Picasso’s paper-based creations, from his childhood cut-outs of birds and dogs (confirming the artist’s precocity and mastery of proportion, aged 9) to studies of work by Manet and Delacroix. View an explorative 40-minute video tour of the exhibition via the Royal Academy website. By Dina Nagapetyants.

    Image: Pablo Picasso, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe’ after Manet I, Mougins, 26 January – 13 March 1962. © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Marine Beck-Coppola.

  • Arshile Gorky

    Arshile Gorky and Jack Whitten

    In a tribute to Arshile Gorky, an early adopter of the Abstract Expressionism movement that would come to define much of 20th century American art, experimental visual artist and sculptor Jack Whitten deemed him “my first love in painting”. In this virtual exhibition presented by Hauser & Wirth, works by both are shown side by side, highlighting the similarities in the approaches of these two master artists of the last century. Sales from the exhibition will support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

    Image: Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), Untitled c. 1947–1948. Oil on canvas 111.8 x 137.2 cm / 44 x 54 inches© (2019). The Arshile Gorky Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

    Courtesy The Arshile Gorky Foundation and Hauser & Wirth.


    TRATE: Technicolour Malaise

    Canadian artist TRATE (who works under an alias) is showcasing his third London exhibition at Soho gallery 15 Bateman Street, an evocative and vibrant collection of his signature large-scale figurative paintings. In light of the current situation, the exhibition is currently available to view via virtual studio tours.

    Read our interview with TRATE here

    Image: TRATE, Tender Disfiguration

  • Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol

    Delve into the fantastical world of Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern’s highly anticipated 2020 retrospective. From his iconic pop images dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, to the Ladies and Gentlemen series (exhibited for the first time in 30 years) and an array of unseen pieces, this is an eclectic must-see showcase for Warhol enthusiasts world-wide. Fortunately, the Tate Modern has released an online tour of the long-awaited exhibition, available to access via the gallery website.

    Photo: Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych

  • John-Bigge-Composition

    British Surrealism

    Prepare to be spellbound by this dreamlike exhibition of surrealist art, featuring the works of over 40 renowned artists, from Lucian Freud to Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon and Paul Nash. A comprehensive exploration of surrealist art in Britain, discover the outlandish with a showcase of spectacular sculptures, paintings, prints, photography and etchings from 1783 to 1952. If you can’t wait until the Dulwich Picture Gallery reopens, you can listen to the exhibition audioguide online for free.

    Image: John Bigge, Composition, 1936, Photo: Ferens Art Gallery: Hull Museums, © The Estate of John Bigge

  • Dashingly Debanair by Peter Clark

    Peter Clark: Just Trying to Have Me Some Fun

    From exotic birds and wild flowers to a ‘dashingly debonair’ daschund, Peter Clark’s joyful and vibrant collages are exactly the kind of artistry we need right now. Explore the artist’s latest collection Just Trying to Have Me Some Fun in a virtual exhibition hosted by St. James’s Portland Gallery.

    Image: Peter Clark. Dashingly Debonair, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Gilded cage or glass ceiling

    The Enchanted Interior

    Delight in the works of over 50 established artists in The Enchanted Interior, an artistic exploration of the historic impression of women in ‘enclosed and ornate spaces’. A fusion of paintings, photography, film and more, from the Pre-Raphaelites to present day examine the concept of the ‘gilded cage’ in this thought-provoking exhibition. The major exhibition is available to view via the City of London website and social media platforms through a series of images and curator-led virtual tours.

    Photo: Albert Moore, Pomegranates, 1866, Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London

  • Raphael

    Celebrating Raphael

    Online arts platform Musement has launched a brand-new virtual exhibition dedicated to world-renowned Italian artist Raffaello Sanzio (also knows as Raphael). The innovative gallery will showcase some of the Renaissance artist’s most significant works, marking the 500th anniversary of his death.

  • HOFA exhibition

    Zhuang Hong Yi: Nova

    Eccentric, uplifting and bold; contemporary artist Zhuang Hong Yi’s latest exhibition Nova can be viewed via Mayfair fine art gallery HOFA’s brand-new virtual online platform.

  • Sickboy

    The Dividing Line

    Presented by virtual reality art gallery Fluorescent Smogg, this immersive show brings together some of the world’s leading contemporary artists – working in a range of mediums from screenprint to video – to ask some incredibly prescient questions. Can a traditional gallery experience be assimilated in virtual reality, and are real spaces needed in a digital world simmering with ‘deep fakes’? Constructed using the latest 3D rendering, the exhibition aims to explore these issues and more, while donating 10% of profits to mental health charity Mind.

    Image: Sickboy


    XXI’ exhibition: presented by ARTCELS in partnership with HOFA Gallery

    The brainchild of digital art investments platform ARTCELS and LA’s HOFA Gallery, this is a virtual art experience like no other. Bringing together works by such art world heavyweights as Jeff Koons, George Kondo and Banksy, it’s an exciting response to the new normal of social distancing.

    Image: Art investor views Retna’s  Los Ne El Barri  ;an abstract lettered painting finished with a rare blue diamond dust (ARTCELS / HOFA Gallery)



    Maddox Gallery’s female-led exhibition HERSTORY showcases the works of budding and established female international artists. Aiming to shift the conversation surrounding women in art, the significant exhibition features artworks from the likes of Instagram art sensation Sophie Tea, American visual artist Beau Dunn, painter Lily Kemp, and multidisciplinary artist Lauren Baker, to name but a few. View the exhibition catalogue from home via the gallery website.

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