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The Best Virtual Art Exhibitions 2021

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

The Best Virtual Art Exhibitions

 

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  • Gilbert & George New Normal Pictures

    New Normal Pictures

    Artistic double act Gilbert and George are back with a new show at White Cube Gallery. Titled New Normal Pictures, the exhibition brings together 26 pictures described by the pair as ‘celebratory, crazed and super-modern’. See it online now ahead of the gallery reopening. whitecube.viewingrooms.com

    2 March – 1 May 2021

    Image: Gilbert & George, Boyton Close, 2020. Courtesy of White Cube.

  • Henry Taylor - Hauser & Wirth

    Henry Taylor at Hauser & Wirth

    For his inaugural exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, American artist Henry Taylor has taken over all five galleries in Somerset to present a number of enigmatic sculptural works and paintings. Through a process he describes as ‘hunting and gathering’, Taylor transports viewers to imagined realities that interrogate the human condition, political structures and social movements. The exhibition is available to browse online now, ahead of the gallery opening on 13 April. vip-hauserwirth.com

    25 February – 6 June 2021

    Image: Henry Taylor, Untitled, 2021. Photo by Ken Adlard

  • Female Voices of Latin América

    Female Voices of Latin America

    Launching this week to tie in with International Women’s Day, Female Voices of Latin América celebrates the work of 150 living female artists across the region. Available to view on the Vortic platform, the exhibition will include works from 1968 to the present day from artists including Liliana Porter, Beatriz Milhazes and Adriana Varejão. vorticxr.com

    8 March – 2 May 2021

    Image: Sol Calero, Solo Pintura II, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Crèvecœur, Paris.

  • Victoria Miro exhibition

    The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue

    A new digital exhibition from Victoria Miro explores the symbolic and conceptual associations of the colour blue, with works by 19 artists from the gallery including Chantal Joffe, Idris Khan and Paula Rego. It’s being presented on Vortic Collect, an app allowing users to browse exhibitions in virtual reality. online.victoria-miro.com

    24 February – 31 March 2021

  • Pioneering Women exhibition

    Pioneering Women

    Works from 10 pioneering female artists are being displayed in a new digital exhibition at Oxford Ceramics Gallery, with a focus on the ceramic vessel form. This includes pieces from trailblazing figures like Lucie Rie and Bodil Manz, with vessels ranging from Japanese clay forms to domestic pottery from Denmark. oxfordceramics.com

    14 February – 27 March 2021

  • Charles Gaines exhibition

    Charles Gaines: Multiples of Nature, Trees and Faces

    Hauser & Wirth is launching the first ever solo exhibition in the UK of work by American conceptual artist Charles Gaines, who uses a unique formula of colours and numbers to deconstruct images. hauserwirth.com

    29 January – 1 May 2021

     

  • Bhangra Lexicon

    Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon

    The Bhangra artform – an energetic form of dance and music that originated in the Panjab – is captured through light painting in a new exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, compiled by dancer Hardeep Sahota in collaboration with photographer Tim Smith. ysp.org.uk

    From 9 January 2021

    Image: Tim Smith

  • 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. hauserwirth.com

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

  • 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)

  • TRATE

    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 exhibition. tate.org.uk

    Image: Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych.

  • Raphael

    Celebrating Raphael

    Online arts platform Musement has launched a 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

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