Take Five Virtual Exhibitionsandy-warhol-and-debbie-harry_original-1
27th May 2020

Take Five:

Recently on the Digest, we caught up with curator and archivist Cyana Madsen to talk us through one of her favourite recent pre-lockdown exhibitions here in London. With all things cultural still up in the air the world over, many museums and galleries have pivoted their permanent collections and seasonal shows into online affairs, and we asked Cyana if she could get us up to speed with some of the more memorable ones.

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Christea Roberts Gallery – Pablo Bronstein  (Until May 30th, 2020)

There is just a couple days left to visit Argentine-born Londoner Pablo Bronstein’s new work for Christea Roberts Gallery. Bronstein’s practice spans prints and drawings through performance and installation, with a fascination with the power and play of architecture as his focus. In his latest hand-painted print, Dressing table, Lisbon earthquake, 2019, the smashed table becomes a symbol of baroque languor interrupted. The titular natural disaster marked the beginning of The Age of Reason in 18th century Europe, offering the optimist’s view that inspiration and paradigm shifts can come from great upheaval.

This online viewing features not just Bronstein’s vivid prints of grandness askew, but a video interview with the artist reflecting on his practice.

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Weiss Gallery – A Courtly Catwalk Part I: Tudor & Stuart Costume Pieces 1550 – 1620 (Now – June 5th, 2020):

Featuring portraiture from the 16th and 17th century, A Courtly Catwalk Part I: Tudor & Stuart Costume Pieces 1550 – 1620 is the first of a series of exhibitions from Weiss Gallery highlighting the enduring magic of clothing. Painted in the age of sumptuary laws which kept the common man from dressing above his station, the detailed majesty of velvet, fur and lace carries power still.

With detailed biographies of the powdered and painted aristocratic models and explanation of the symbolism behind every gilded stitch, this virtual gallery provides a heady antidote to the comfort-minded working from home uniform.

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Pace Gallery – James Turrell (Now – August 14th, 2020):

With hypnotic warmth, American artist James Turrell’s L.E.D. and glass sculptures will beckon the digital visitor to gaze even more rapturously into their screen at home. A realisation of his lifelong practice creating new “spaces within space”, these additions to his Constellation series transport the viewer beyond the monitor and into a nebulous place both soothing and perhaps sinister.

Pace Gallery’s online exhibition captures the sensuous nature of Turrell’s work through photos and a short, captivating clip of Sagittarius, 2019.

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Vatican Museums (Ongoing)

If it’s escape and perhaps some much needed alone time you require, a visit to empty chambers and chapels is possible through the Vatican Museum’s walk through, 360-degree virtual space.

Although there is no narration or descriptive labels included, the platform allows visitors to wander freely through areas that are normally thronged with the devoted and the tourist. This includes the otherwise impossible opportunity to gaze upward and without time limit at the Sistine Chapel, or zoom down and inspect the dazzling array of marble floor options. Divine inspiration for those summer DIY projects?

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Guggenheim Museum (Ongoing)

Google Arts and Culture has quickly established itself as the aggregate platform for cultural organisations around the world. As part of the digital experience push, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City is now free to explore in all of its light-filled, tendrillar glory.

The American monument to the spirit of modern creativity currently features work from contemporary icons Matthew Barney, Glenn Ligon and Sharon Lockhart through emerging stars like Juliana Huxtable. Click through labels allow the visitor to further explore the artists and their practice on the Guggenheim collection website. If traversing their catalogue doesn’t satiate, arrange to meet a friend online and race them around the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright-designed spiral flooring: no social distancing required.