04 June 2020
Finding yourself in need of a culture fix? Exhausted all the information we’ve given you on theatre, classical literature and museums? Good news! While lots of galleries are currently closed you can still explore lots of their collections online, and some are offering online tours of exhibitions that would have been open.
Hayward Gallery, Among the Trees. A group exhibition that looks at how artists over the past 50 years have explored our relationship with trees and forests. There are also podcasts and interviews with participating artists, as well as a playlist inspired by the exhibition.
Tate Galleries has a huge amount of online resources. Andy Warhol, this major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. Aubrey Beardsley, Spanning seven years, this exhibition covers Beardsley’s intense and prolific career as a draughtsman and illustrator, cut short by his untimely death from tuberculosis. If you fancy listening to something different try Tates podcasts.
The Royal Academy also has a lot to offer. Picasso on Paper – Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for Guernica to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career. Leon Spilliaert. Self-taught, he forged his own artistic identity, which was shaped by the affinity he felt with writers and thinkers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Friedrich Nietzsche. David Hockney. Originally released in cinemas, this ‘Exhibition on Screen’ film takes us back to two landmark exhibitions by the iconic British artist, David Hockney RA. Sit back and enjoy, as they revisit 2012’s ‘A Bigger Picture’, and ‘82 Portraits and One Still-Life’ from 2016.
You can do three different tours of The National Gallery, or search their collection of over 2,600 paintings! They also have a YouTube channel, where you can enjoy interviews with leading art experts, live recordings of talks and events, and insights into our latest exhibitions. The prestigious Courtauld Gallery has provided an online tour of their collection, as they have been closed for refurbishment this year.
Outside of London the Baltic Centre has a virtual tour of the Judy Chicago exhibition in BALTIC's Level 3 gallery. Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park is showing Cranach: Artist & Innovator. The legacy of the Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder stretches across 500 years and remains vibrantly alive today.
If you fancy travelling further afield, Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland has a tour of their Edward Hopper exhibition that was due to open. And the Scuderie del Quirinale has an online walk through of their Raffaello 1520-1483 exhibition; a succession of faces, looks and gestures of extraordinary beauty.
Art Fund’s Meet Me at the Museum podcast features well-known faces taking someone they love to a favourite museum or gallery, to explore what's on offer, have a chat about what they find, and generally muse on life.
Or visit Google Arts & Culture, a project to make art accessible, to everyone, everywhere.