Creative Culture Column: Four fab online exhibitions

Creative Culture columnist Elizabeth Woodward reveals her top recommendations for online museum and exhibition content.

With lockdown meaning you will be spending more time at home, it is the perfect opportunity to take a virtual stroll around an exhibition or two that you otherwise may have missed!

Many galleries and museums have adapted quickly to the current restrictions and have lots of content available online, but here are my top four recommendations:

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A has a dedicated Google Arts page with many articles, online exhibits and photographs of their collections.

If you are interested in fashion and its history, their online exhibition ‘Balenciaga: Master Craftsman’ is a fascinating read.

It explores Cristóbal Balenciaga’s creative genius and will give you a new appreciation for the history of one of the 21st centuries biggest fashion brands.

Picasso and Paper at The Royal Academy

A great watch for anyone looking to find out more about the world-renowned artist.

The exhibition explores Picasso’s innovative use of the everyday material through more than 300 of his works on paper.

His obsession with the media of paper and his experimentation with it is highlighted throughout; scraps of newspapers, sketches, studies, etchings and collages are all on show.

The detailed 40 minute video which tours the gallery is an immersive watch and really gives you the feeling of perusing the RA.

Andy Warhol at Tate Modern

A curator interview and room by room guides are available from the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern
in 20 years, which contains both iconic images and never before seen works.

The exhibition focuses on his identity as an immigrant growing up in America, his sexuality and his fascination with the themes of death and religion.

An interesting exhibition for those that want to know more about the man behind the iconic pop artworks and learn about Warhol’s motivations and insecurities.

The Painted Hall at The Old Royal Naval College

For an up close view of some of Britain’s finest architecture, the interactive tour of the Painted Hall at The Old Royal Naval College is a must see.

Often described as ‘The Sistine Chapel of the UK,’ it was designed by Christopher Wren in the Baroque style and built between 1696 and 1712.

In 1707 British artist James Thornhill was commissioned to paint the Hall as a tribute to the founders, Queen Mary II and King William III.

The painting took 19 years to complete and it is not hard to see why when you witness the breathtaking paintings full of nearly 200 religious, mythological and royal figures and look up at the beautiful domed ceiling of the Vestibule.

This feature was published in the December 2020 + January 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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