Living in lockdown means that some of the world’s foremost galleries and museums have had to close their doors to the public in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, thanks to the latest technical innovations, there are several virtual exhibitions you can enjoy from the comfort of your living room, without even stepping out of the door….
Selected Works 1990-2020 by Glen Luchford via Art Partner
Glen Luchford is a world-famous portrait photographer who, for the last thirty years, has worked with many leading fashion magazines. His work first caught the public eye in the late 1990s, with his avant-garde fashion campaigns for Prada, which won him the prestigious Best Campaign Award from the British Design & Art Direction organisation, successfully exemplifiying a visual language that had never before been seen in the fashion arena. He has since shot campaigns for clients such as Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Prada and Hugo Boss. Most recently, Luchford has gained widespread attention and admiration for his influential work behind the successful re-branding of Italian fashion house, Gucci, under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele.
His thirty year career is being showcased in an online exhibition titled, “Selected Works 1990-2020.” Hosted via Art Partner, the exhibition provides visitors with the opportunity to see Luchford’s works if they are in a real-life gallery. The exhibition features some of the photographer’s most iconic works, such as his recent campaign imagery for Gucci and his photograph of Kate Moss boxing for Harpers Bazaar, alongside lesser-known images from his early years that first broke him into the scene.
“Selected Works 1990-2020” runs on Art Partner until 30th June 2020 – click here.
An Exhibition of Prints And Works On Paper by Dale Chihuly via Sims Reed Gallery
Sims Reed Gallery is presenting an exhibition of original works by internationally renowned American artist, Dale Chihuly. While celebrated for his exquisite and pioneering glass installations, drawing has always been integral to Chihuly’s artistic practice, particularly as they became an increasingly important means of communicating his ideas to his team after losing the sight of his left eye in 1976. These works evolved from charcoal and graphite studies into wilder colourful pieces that, according to the artist, remain a crucial part of his creative process.
This exhibition, which is comprised of twenty-nine original prints and ten original works on paper, seeks to reveal the elision of these two disciplines. Some of the prints — a medium the artist has been exploring for almost 30 years — draw on his sculptural series for inspiration, while others are purely imaginative.
Sims Reed Gallery is offering a 3D, virtual walk-through of the show, available by clicking here.
The Museum of The World by The British Museum via Google Cultural Institute
An interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, The Museum of The World features some of the most fascinating objects in human history, in a partnership between the British Museum and Google Cultural Institute. For the first time ever, objects from the British Museum’s collection from the prehistoric to the present can be discovered using advanced technology. Visitors can jump back in time to explore objects from across diverse cultures and listen to British Museum curators share their insights.
To explore The Museum of The World, click here.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam via Google Arts & Culture
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh in the world, with the permanent collection including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. The museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th century art history.
Thanks to a link with Google Arts & Culture, you can explore the museum floor by floor – simply click here and scroll down to the museum views to see the artworks of van Gogh at your leisure.
Il Trittico by The Royal Opera House via YouTube
Contrast is the essence of Giacomo Puccini’s operatic triptych, Il Trittico. The one-act works that form the trilogy – Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi – range from gritty melodrama to life-affirming comedy. While each opera stands alone, the three come together to create a sense of a complete event, rich in textures and musical forms. Director Richard Jones matches the eclectic range of Puccini’s music in a production of great verve and invention, moving from the grimy banks of the Seine to a children’s hospital and from there to a garish apartment in 1950s Italy.
Il Trittico can be streamed on YouTube until 19th June as part of the Royal Opera House #OurHouseToYourHouse series by clicking here.
Live Digital Concert By Henley Festival
Henley Festival has announced that it will be going digital, presenting a 2-hour evening concert, streamed on the Henley Festival website on Sunday 12th July, on what would have been the final day of this year’s festival. Popstar Will Young will perform some of his classic songs, while soul singer Beverley Knight will perform a short 40 minute concert of her top hits. There will also be performances from classical pianist Hao Zi Yoh, and number one jazz musician Joe Stilgoe. Comedy will be provided by Rory Bremner, who will perform some new topical material, and will be interviewed by cricket commentator David Gower.
Festival goers can watch the digital concert on Sunday 12th July from the comfort of their own homes, with tickets starting from £10.10 each and available from www.henley-festival.co.uk.