New Digital Museum Dedicated to Covid-19-Related Art
As outlined in Creativity in Quarantine, the coronavirus pandemic has catalysed at-home creativity and reactive artworks, all of which are being shared online. To mark and collate this significant global movement, a digital gallery – the Covid Art Museum – has been established, making the topical art accessible for the masses.
Set up and curated by Barcelona-based art directors Emma Calvo, José Guerrero and Irene Llorca in March, the Instagram account – which has amassed over 112k followers – features 450+ works from artists worldwide. Creations are either submitted directly or shared on the social media platform using the hashtag #CovidArtMuseum.
Paintings, photography, illustrations and digital artworks provide a visual commentary on Covid-19 – whether through pertinent objects like masks, gloves and toilet paper, or through the portrayal of collective experiences during lockdown. Representations of anxiety, hope, solidarity, humour and encouragement are all covered.
The curators hope to translate the digital museum into a physical exhibition once restrictions are lifted.
While serving as a stage for artists at a time of uncertainty, the Covid Art Museum also provides consumers with an inclusive outlet for their own creativity. We’ve been tracking similar concepts that encourage comfort, escapism and entertainment through art – see Creativity Flourishes at Home.
Numerous forward-thinking museums and institutions are recognising the opportunities digital arts and culture can provide, and are improving their online presence and digital initiatives accordingly. See Virtual Exhibitions: Brand Engagement Lessons for more insight.