Art without leaving the couch

At the heart of experiencing all kinds of art is the and personal encounter, to put it somewhat dramatically. (Just as all pictures that KUOKA offers online can and should be hung for testing). For some time now these experiences will be taken away from us, for reasons that need not be discussed. Nevertheless - whoever is able to make something out of this phase, to take a deep breath, to tidy up inwardly, and does not want to do without the arts completely, can find them - in a slimmed-down and representative form - on the internet.

On the one hand, many museums (and also some galleries) have a very detailed, virtual representation, such as the recently described Kiasma Museum in Helsinki. But also collections of larger museums like those of the Tate Galleries or the Uffizi in Florence can be easily explored online. What perhaps compensates a little for a merely indirect visit is the more accessible and detailed information about pictures and exhibitions. Occasionally there even are compilations on certain themes and issues that are presented exclusively on the Internet.

On the other hand, there is Google Arts & Culture - many of you may already be familiar with it - with a somewhat more selective, guided selection through various areas of art. The offer is so large that one almost loses oneself in; this can be beautiful and good or not, depending on what you wish for.

And those who are not afraid of text can browse the homepages of various art newspapers and magazines. Some offer "only" a couple articles online, while others permit access to the entire content including the archive.

So, there are many possibilities for those who are looking for artistic input. I nevertheless hope to be able to report on real, analogue exhibitions and art projects here again soon. In this sense - STAY HEALTHY!




Julia Maurer