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Between Art and Quarantine 

Published on May 1, 2020

© Photos: Ute Klauk, Tijana Jakovljević-Šević


Although all the museums in the world are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, curators, museum educators and other museum professionals have continued working from their homes. Using contemporary technologies, media and social networks, they are introducing the public to exhibitions, collections, individual items from their museums or to different experiences related to their work. Many of them keep interacting with the audience through various games, quizzes or challenges. One such challenge - recreating artwork using props from your home, you surely could not have missed while browsing social networks.

This trend came from Adobe’s "Remake" challenge, started back in 2011, with many students from across the UK participating. Yet, in recent weeks, it has grown globally through the challenges posed by the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum and the J. Paul Getty Museum from Los Angeles. Both museums took three steps in the "guide": choosing a favorite piece of art, finding three household items and, finally, recreating the work with the help of selected props and people from the family (pets were given significant roles as well). A number of museums around the world have followed this example and invited their online visitors to "revive" artwork from their collections and submit their photographs.

With the hashtag #betweenartandquarantine or #tussenkunstenquarantaine, you can browse a gallery of these fun and, above all, creative photos.

My colleague Ute Klauk and I couldn't resist the challenge either. We recreated "Sieglinde, festkochend" by Gesa Will (oil on canvas, 100x100 cm, 1999), which was presented at our "ausgekocht?" exhibition during 2016 and 2017.


© Tijana Jakovljević-Šević

Studio of Gesa Will "website"
Interview with Gesa Will (DE) "youtube"



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