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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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  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    14 February – 27 March 2021

  • Ed Moses, JD Malat Gallery

    Whiplines, Waterfalls and Worms

    American artist and former boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe Ed Moses was a key figure in transforming LA into a modern art hub after the war. A new online exhibition at JD Malat Gallery showcases the adventurous works from his last two decades.

    4 February – 10 March 2021

  • Resilient Responses

    Resilient Responses

    Artists Thomas Heyes, Ekin Berna and Rowdy SS look at what it means to be human and resilient through spoken word, movement and sound in Tate Modern’s online event, Resilient Responses.

    Stream online until 4 March

    Image: Guillaume Valli, Resilient Responses, Public Programmes, Tate

  • 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.

    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.

    From 9 January 2021

    Image: Tim Smith

  • Tracey Emin, Because you left, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 25.2 x 30.3 cm. Private collection © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2020

    Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch

    “I’ve been in love with this man since I was eighteen” – so said Tracey Emin of Edvard Munch, the Norwegian expressionist painter most famous for The Scream. In a highly personal show, 25 of Emin’s paintings – some displayed for the first time – explore the loneliness of the soul, alongside a careful selection of watercolours and oil paintings of Munch’s drawn from Oslo’s Munch Museum, showing both the latter’s influence on Emin and how intersecting themes of loneliness, longing and grief inform the highly evocative work of both. If you didn’t get a chance to see the exhibition before the Royal Academy of Arts closed its doors, check out the virtual tour online.

    Until 28 February 2021

    Image: Tracey Emin, Because you left, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 25.2 x 30.3 cm. Private collection © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2020

  • 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.

    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.

    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)

  • 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)

    Image: 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.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

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