Remembering for posterity: Covid Art Museum

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July 9, 2020

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Remembering for posterity: Covid Art Museum

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Worldwide; Spain

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July 9, 2020

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We live in special times. Hope and solidary exist alongside anxiety and loss. But after the pandemic is over, how will we remember this time? The digital art platform Covid Art Museum aims to contribute to our shared memory by highlighting corona-related art on social media.

Barcelona art directors Emma Calvo, Jose Guerrero and Irene Llorca started the Covid Art Museum in March 2020. Since the launch, the hashtag covidartmuseum has already been used nearly 50,000 times on Instagram. So far, the official account has featured 500 of the most special works. Just three months after its launch, the Instagram account has already reached over 121,000 followers.

In the early days of the pandemic, the founders realised that lots of people were converting their experiences into works of art. They did not want these artworks to be lost to posterity, and created a museum to preserve them. Online, to make it accessible for anyone.

Art works come from all over the world. Some are sent directly to the museum by artists, the founders select the others. The paintings and photographs feature what we now know to be symbols of the pandemic: masks, gloves, toilet paper, disinfectant. Art works portray boredom and loneliness, anxiety, death and the hard work of frontliners, but also hope, solidarity, encouragement and humour.

The Covid Art Museum includes art from well-known artists as well as unknown amateur art. It has featured work by artists such as Marius Sperlich, Banksy, Dave Pollot, and Katherine Lam, amongst others.

You can support this initiative by submitting your own corona-related artworks, or by following and liking the Covid Art Museum on Instagram.

 

Contact:
Submit your own artwork via this Google form

 

Social media:
Instagram: covidartmuseum

Photo credits: Alex Gross via Covid Art Museum