While most major exhibition spaces have shut their doors in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing regulations, you needn't go without your exhibition fill just yet. A number of cultural institutions are serving up slices of their archive, removing paywalls or releasing never-before-seen material so culture vultures will still have something to consume while they're holed up in their rooms.
Perhaps our favourite might be the Fondazione Prada in Milan, who have turned its social media accounts into a unique perspective on its exhibitions. Its #InnerViews scheme gets up close and personal with works on display in their galleries, be it a portrait of twenties literary hero Eileen Chang by Liu Ye, or the installation space inspired by Franz Kafka's The Castle and soundtracked by the German electronic band Tangerine Dream. Also to come is a cinema project in collaboration with streaming service MUBI (launching 5 April 2020) called Perfect Failures, and Italian language podcasts that provide an audio anthology. Could this be the perfect time to learn Italian?
Cooped up Comme des Garçons fans, too, will be thrilled to explore the Collecting Comme exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne, Australia through the gallery's website. It's the first Australian exhibition to focus on Comme founder Rei Kawakubo's work and legacy. The exhibition features more than 65 outfits by Rei Kawakubo and another 15 works by her protégés Junya Watanabe and Tao Kurihara, all donated to the NGV by dedicated collector Takamasa Takahashi. Seeing as international travel's looking unlikely any time soon, you might as well pay a digital visit.
Let's not forget Google Arts & Culture who have been working on digital exhibition experiences way before COVID-19. Did you know you can use Google Street View to visit museums and exhibitions like Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015 at LACMA, the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, and the Kobe Fashion Museum in Japan? Added to this, their 360° videos mean you can take a trip into the fashion conservation room at the Met Costume Institute and hear the conservators themselves talk through their process.