This article was published on April 26th, 2020
One of the best parts of traveling the world and exploring new cities is the experience of visiting an art gallery or museum. By viewing the world through an artist’s creations, you have the opportunity to reflect on your surroundings and yourself. Art has always been important to the queer community as a way to connect—through expressions of our identities, desires and struggles.
Indeed, it’s an interesting time for introspection as the world faces lockdown and our community is fractured. But just because your travel and social options are limited, it doesn’t mean that you have to be an introvert. You can connect to others and the art world digitally and expand your cultural horizons, even when you’re confined to your home.
As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention, and art historians are turning to Zoom to help facilitate virtual tours of museums and galleries. Video conferencing is a novel way to share in the stories, talents and the beauty of artists like Van Gogh, Vermeer and Rembrandt without having to change out of your pajamas or leave your couch.
Dr. Kees Kaldenbach is one professional tour guide who is using his tech savvy to embrace change in his industry. His knowledge of art museums spans thousands of artworks and hundreds of artists across the globe. So, he has carefully curated digital content from more than thirty world-renowned locations, like the Rijksmuseum, and has designed experiences to digitally connect with customers. The art world is truly at your fingertips, with a guide to take you through a wide array of exhibits online.
There are numerous benefits to accessing an art museum digitally—the most obvious being that you can avoid the queues and also the expense of travel. Virtual art tours are also extremely flexible, so it’s up to you to dictate the pace of your itinerary. You can choose to take your time and dive in depth into one particular visionary or movement, or you can skip across continents and learn about as many artists and collections as you wish. For example, Dr. Kaldenbach’s expertise encompasses galleries in North America, Canada, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and The Czech Republic. This opens up the possibilities of the art world and gives rise to endless hours of education opportunities.
If you want to learn about a particular queer artist or you’re interested in exploring an unique perspective of beauty, you can craft a digital experience which is centered around your tastes. Digital art tours are also a conduit to learning about art which you might never have seen otherwise. In addition, you can revisit some of your favorite works at a time and in a way which suits your schedule.
Don’t hit pause on your plans to learn more about the history and cultural significance of art. If you refocus your energy, you can consider the world from a new vantage point. Our newfound reliance on technology offers a chance to connect with an art historian and professional guide and this opens a new pathway to enjoying the art world. Sign up for a virtual fine art museum today.