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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  • John-Bigge-Composition

    British Surrealism

    You can now experience Dulwich Picture Gallery’s acclaimed British Surrealism exhibition for free online, with a virtual walk through produced with The Net Gallery. The exhibition celebrates the official centenary of Surrealism in 1920 – in which French writer and founder André Breton began experimenting with surrealist writing – and all that the movement embodies, such as dreams, mischief, desire and the unconscious. Over 70 artworks from 42 artists are included in the collection, including Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and many more. dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

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

  • Audrey Hepburn, Terry O'Neill

    Every Picture Tells a Story

    See behind the scenes of iconic celebrity photographs in the first retrospective of works by British photographer Terry O’Neill since he passed away in November last year. Though the exhibition launches in Gstaad’s Maddox Gallery, it’s also being displayed in an immersive virtual gallery for viewers worldwide. The collection includes a recently colourised snap of Frank Sinatra on the Miami Boardwalk, a windswept Brigitte Bardot posing with a cigar between her teeth, Faye Dunaway the morning after her Oscar win and much more, with each image accompanied by stories from Terry’s perspective. maddoxgallery.com

    Fan of Terry’s snaps? Annie Bing has released three new pieces – two sweatshirts and a t-shirt – featuring his photographs of Faye Dunaway and David Bowie. You can buy them now at anniebing.com.

    Image Credit: Audrey Hepburn, South of France 1996 by Terry O’Neill.

  • Michael Armitage

    Another’s Tongue

    This month White Cube presents a new online exhibition of works from Kenyan-British artist Michael Armitage. The collection features a broad range of subjects – from the expansive Kenyan landscape and its wildlife to life on the streets in urban East Africa. A variety of different voices are displayed in his character sketches – hence the exhibition title, ‘Another’s Tongue’ – including street performers, prophets and costumed crowds at Kenyan election rallies. whitecube.com

    Image Credit: © Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis)

  • The Stillness of Life

    The Stillness of Life

    Acclaimed photojournalist Sir Don McCullin is presenting an online exhibition of platinum prints to tie in with the reopening of ‘The Stillness of Life’ at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. The digital curation features a collection of landscape imagery – from flooding meadows in Somerset to the Northern Arctic in Svalbard Archipelago. Available from 2 July. hauserwirth.com

    Image Credit: Somerset Levels, Glastonbury 1990s, printed in 2016. © Don McCullin. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

  • The Human Figure

    The Human Figure

    Michael Werner Gallery is reopening in July with a new exhibition titled About the Human Figure, running in tandem with an online exhibition. This will explore different depictions of the human figure in art, with paintings and sculptures from a range of artists including James Lee Byars, Enrico David, Peter Doig and Florian Krewer. Online exhibition live now. michaelwerner.com

    Image Credit: Review the Acceleration, A.R. Penck, 2000. Courtesy of Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.


  • Virtual Art Exhibitions

    Tracey Emin: I Thrive on Solitude

    Tracy Emin has kept busy during lockdown. The artist has created a new collection of intimate works evoking the concept of solitude from her London home – ‘a thumbprint of my time being here’ – available to view online from 15 June. Until 2 August 2020. whitecube.com 

    Image: The Kiss, Tracey Emin

  • 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 is now available to explore online. Find out more here. somersethouse.org.uk

    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. japanhouselondon.uk

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

  • 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. hauserwirth.com

    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. aliastrate.com

    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

  • 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. storage.net-fs.com

    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. cityoflondon.gov.uk

    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. musement.com

  • 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. What’s more, the virtual gallery has been extended until the end of July, now featuring a brand-new pop-up titled The Trellick Project. The additional space will transform every few weeks, showcasing an array of limited edition and bespoke works from the likes of Ben Eine, Rick Griffin and Ralph Steadman. fluorescentsmogg.com

    Image: Sickboy



    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. maddoxgallery.com

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