Blockbuster exhibitions reimagined online

Published 11 June 2020

This week we’re bringing you the summer’s spectacular blockbuster exhibitions in digital form, featuring some of the most anticipated museum experiences of the season.

Blockbuster season is officially open.

From spectacular revivals such as the 2014 Vikings exhibition at the British Museum to major shows you had on your 2020 bucket list like Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy of Arts, we're bringing unmissable exhibitions to you at home, renewed in digital form so you don't miss a thing.

And don’t forget that exhibitions such as Andy Warhol at Tate Modern and Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain are still showing virtually online, if you just can’t resist another look.

Blockbusters to explore online…

Vikings Live at the British Museum

The spectacular cinematic experience Vikings Live is not only a look into the British Museum’s celebrated 2014 blockbuster exhibition, but also an absorbing historical exploration across four continents, over 1,000 years back in time.

Including a tour of the exhibition and its striking artefacts, and a deep dive into maritime life, Vikings Live looks at how the legacy of the Vikings shaped our world today.

We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South at Turner Contemporary

Celebrating the work of African American artists and makers from Alabama and other southern US states in the 1950s and 60s, this exhibition focuses on the art that was shaped by the Civil Rights movement, and the incredible lives of the people and artists who lived through it.

A virtual tour follows pieces in the exhibition spanning disciplines including sculpture, painting and quilts, characterised by their use of recycled materials as well as their connection to culture and time.

Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy of Arts

This exhibition looks at Picasso’s extraordinary use of paper and how this humble material became an integral tool in shaping his iconic work.

The exhibition tour and video include a close look at some of the artist’s most celebrated works, such as La Vie (1903), born out of the artist’s melancholic Blue Period, and Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), a painting considered revolutionary in the history of art. Developed in the artist’s Rose Period, the masterpiece demonstrates Picasso’s first steps into Cubism.

Young Rembrandt at the Ashmolean Museum

One of the most startling elements of the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition focusing on the early work of Dutch Master Rembrandt is the revelation of his lack of born-genius – Rembrandt’s craft was one perfected over time through an incredible dedication to art, ambition and greatness.

Exhibition curator An Van Camp takes you through the exhibition section-by-section in a virtual tour, taking a closer look at Rembrandt’s early years and following the development through his work to the Master he’s known as today.

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For a bite-size art fix and a charming take on the online exhibition format, the Salisbury Museum present Pick + Mix – an exhibition hosted exclusively on Instagram!

Here, they’ll be posting pictures of objects in the collection, selected by the museum and you at home. Find out how to get involved by visiting the museum’s website, and check out the exhibition on Instagram now.

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