The National: Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection will be available online by end of this year

The National: Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection will be available online by end of this year. “The museum is building a digital archive of its entire collection, which will be available on its website for visitors to peruse. From this week, 120 artworks can be viewed online. Along with images of artefacts, paintings or objects, the website will include historical information about the pieces, as well as details on their geography, date and medium.”

Coronavirus: Louvre reopens with masks and one-way system (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Louvre reopens with masks and one-way system. “The Louvre museum has reopened in Paris after its closure nearly four months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. Masks are compulsory, a one-way system is in place and numbers of visitors will be controlled. There will also be a spaced queue to view Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting.”

Apartment Therapy: Lucy Liu is Also an Artist—and Her First U.S. Museum Exhibition Can be Toured Online

Apartment Therapy: Lucy Liu is Also an Artist—and Her First U.S. Museum Exhibition Can be Toured Online. “While known for her movie and TV roles, actor Lucy Liu’s resume goes well beyond Hollywood. She’s also a painter and sculptor—and Liu’s first U.S. museum exhibition is now available to tour online. Entitled ‘Lucy Liu: One of These Things is Not Like the Other,’ Liu’s exhibition of wood sculptures and paintings is available to tour on the Napa Valley Museum’s website from now until August 2. To access the tour, museum attendees are asked to make a donation of any amount to provide support for the museum amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The National: NYUAD Art Gallery traces history in newly launched digital archive

The National: NYUAD Art Gallery traces history in newly launched digital archive. “In its five years of existence, the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery has put on a number of notable shows. It has featured towering sound sculptures by Zimoun, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti’s contemplative The Concrete Tent and most recently, Amar Kanwar’s poignant installation The Sovereign Forest. The public will soon be able to revisit these exhibitions online as the gallery prepares to open its first digital archive on Monday, May 18. It will be launched alongside a series of virtual events, primarily discussions, as part of the gallery’s digital programme Trace: Archives and Reunions.”

Sightlines: As Austin museums react to the Black Lives Matter movement, bigger issues emerge

Sightlines: As Austin museums react to the Black Lives Matter movement, bigger issues emerge. “After the #BlackoutTuesday campaign kicked off a social media frenzy, many cultural institutions and museums reacted to pressure from protestors on social media to release public statements of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. It prompted national museum leaders to react. ‘As a community, I do not think art museums have done enough,’ wrote Chris Anagnos executive director of Association of Art Museum Directors, in a statement issued June 1. ‘We have dabbled around the edges of the work, but in our place of privilege we will never live up to the statement that “museums are for everyone” unless we begin to confront, examine and dismantle the various structures that brought us to this point.'”

TSA Art Magazine: German Museum Organises a Digital Initiative for Looted Benin Bronzes and Artifacts

TSA Art Magazine: German Museum Organises a Digital Initiative for Looted Benin Bronzes and Artifacts. “>German art institution, Museum am Rothenbaum (MARKK) in Hamburg with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, is setting up an international project that will digitally unite the globally dispersed works of art from the former Kingdom of Benin. Tagged Digital Benin, and involving German, Nigerian, European and American experts, the project aims to bring together object data and related documentation material from collections worldwide and provide the long-requested overview of the royal artworks looted in the 19th century.”

Inside Higher Ed: Protecting Art in College Collections

Inside Higher Ed: Protecting Art in College Collections. “University-owned museums are feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. Like most other units of their universities, they’re closed to the public, having moved their programming online. And like most everyone else in academe, museum staff are planning for lots of different reopening scenarios and waiting to see what comes next.”

Artnet: 7 Practical Tips for Engaging Art Lovers Through Social Media That We Learned From an Internet Cowboy and the Meme King of London

Artnet: 7 Practical Tips for Engaging Art Lovers Through Social Media That We Learned From an Internet Cowboy and the Meme King of London. “One lesson that the lockdown era has laid bare is that, when it comes to museums, not all social media presences are created equal. While many of them offer outstanding IRL experiences, cracking the code of what will gain traction online is a different skill altogether.”

The Statehouse File: Eiteljorg welcomes visitors for a virtual look at museum exhibits

The Statehouse File: Eiteljorg welcomes visitors for a virtual look at museum exhibits. “Even though the doors of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art are closed because of COVID-19, its online access allows visitors to enjoy the experience while remaining safe at home. The Eiteljorg Museum’s artworks from collections such as the Native American, Western and Contemporary are now accessible… The digital and interactive experiences allow families to stay at home and still see and learn about the museum’s exhibitions.

Google Blog: Go on a cultural rendezvous with “Art For Two”

Google Blog: Go on a cultural rendezvous with “Art For Two”. “If you don’t work for a cultural institution, you’ve probably never had the opportunity to wander all alone through a museum’s hallways, exhibition spaces and galleries, after hours, with no one else around. That’s a privilege usually reserved for staff—until now. In the first installment of Google Arts & Culture’s new video series called ‘Art for Two’, curators from three cultural institutions are extending a special invitation to explore their collections, minus the crowds, as they discuss their favorite rooms and pieces with digital curators Mr. Bacchus and The Art Assignment.”

UVA Today: UVA Art Museums Get Creative With Online Offerings Amid Covid-19 Restrictions

UVA Today: UVA Art Museums Get Creative With Online Offerings Amid Covid-19 Restrictions. “Instead of exhibition galleries filled with students and community members, live tours for classes and faculty and all sorts of workshops and events, staff at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection were suddenly looking at museums full of amazing art, with no one to enjoy it. And so they got busy, doing what artists and art lovers do best: getting creative…. Now, with a few clicks on the museums’ websites and social media accounts, you can access a wide variety of art, from a video tour weaving through 112 intricately carved memorial poles created by Aboriginal Australian artists to talks and tutorials with museum staff, student docents and guest artists.”

ARTnet News: Following Coronavirus Closures, Museums in Germany, Austria Plan Reopenings

ARTnet News: Following Coronavirus Closures, Museums in Germany, Austria Plan Reopenings. “Per a report in the Art Newspaper, small museums in the German state of Brandenburg were the first to reopen their doors to the public today, albeit with strict security precautions, including the widespread use of disinfectant and the use of credit cards in place of cash. Thuringia has announced a reopening date of April 28 for its cultural institutions, though the German Association of Museums stated institutions in the country’s larger metropolitan centers may not reopen until May.”

Getty Iris: How to Build an Art Museum in Animal Crossing

Getty Iris: How to Build an Art Museum in Animal Crossing. “Animal Crossing emulates the joys of the real world, and we especially love going to art museums—so a small team of us banded together to create a way for users to bring museum artwork into their own virtual homes. The generator makes it possible for any image in the Getty Museum’s open-access collection to be transformed into a mini artwork fit for Animal Crossing. You can search art and artists from the collection or choose from some of our favorites in one click, then scan the generated QR code to bring the artwork into your game where it can be used on clothing, wallpaper, canvas, and more.”

The Calvert Journal: 5 Eastern European creatives trailblazing the world of digital art

The Calvert Journal: 5 Eastern European creatives trailblazing the world of digital art. “Museums and galleries remain closed, but the stream of online art in our feeds keeps coming. Long before the Covid-19 pandemic reiterated the importance of digital media, the traditional museum had already lost the monopoly of art to the internet. Which is why in December 2019, Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art launched Garage Digital, a virtual platform that aims to bring together artists to explore new forms of visual culture that emerge from the contemporary dialogue between technology and society. Working on disciplines ranging from big data analysis to 3D printing, these five artists have been selected as the first cohort to be featured in Garage’s virtual platform, setting the trend for their new digital museum experience.”

Beat: You can now take a virtual tour of the Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition

Beat: You can now take a virtual tour of the Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition. “The major retrospective features a career-spanning look at Warhol’s most famous works including pop art images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, along with works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series which haven’t been shown in 30 years. Art-lovers around the world can now visit the exhibition with a curator-led virtual tour and room by room digital archive of the works featured. As well as taking a look at some of Warhol’s most renowned pieces, the virtual tour also sheds light on the man behind the art.”