As states across the country are under stay-at-home orders to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, our options for entertainment and cultural enrichment have dwindled. Although public places like museums are closed, people have found some ingenious ways to bring artwork into their lives.
The Instagram account @tussenkunstenquarantine, which translates to “between art and quarantine” in Dutch, features clever people who have re-created famous works of art using only items in their homes, and the results are pretty hilarious. In some cases, they’re also quite spot-on!
The account’s bio section explains how to participate:
“For everyone at home who needs some relief. Some homemade art.
- Pick your artwork
- Use 3 items in your home
- Share @tussenkunstenquarantine.”
Sounds easy enough!
Toilet paper is in short supply these days, but @thequeenofcups looks like she had plenty at home, judging by her costume to replicate this painting by French artist Edgar Degas:
A multi-colored quilt and other blankets and bedclothes were all that @ruthsphotographs needed to pull off this painting by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt:
This one by @mishmelle_nak didn’t even require any human models:
“Who’s ready for Monday?” joked the caption for this awesome re-creation of “When the Heart is Young” by English painter John William Godward, submitted by @evafalkow:
@koninklijekeverzamelingen totally nails the expression in this one, captioned “Mood today”:
Museums are urging people to participate, too! The Rijksmuseum started a Facebook thread that now has hundreds of comments, many of which are people’s homemade interpretations of famous works.
The Getty Museum also got in on the fun and encouraged their followers on Twitter to participate in the challenge:
We challenge you to recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home.
🥇 Choose your favorite artwork
🥈 Find three things lying around your house⠀
🥉 Recreate the artwork with those items
And share with us. pic.twitter.com/9BNq35HY2V
— Getty is Celebrating 25 Years (@GettyMuseum) March 25, 2020
@MaggieGinoza used a Raggedy Ann doll for her re-creation of Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and joked, “Yeah my family’s doing great in isolation thanks for checking in. Nothing strange happening here at all. #gettymuseumchallenge @GettyMuseum:”
— Maggie Ginoza (@MaggieGinoza) April 4, 2020
@whatmommysaid’s kids stood in for the monkeys in her parody of this self-portrait by Frida Kahlo:
— Shauna Barnes (@shaunadbarnes) April 2, 2020
The museum shared this photo in which an adorable pug stood in for the child in this version of “Madonna and Child” by the Master of St. Cecilia:
— Getty (@GettyMuseum) March 25, 2020
Will you participate in this fun challenge or just enjoy the fruits of others’ labor? Distractions from real life are good!