Instagram and Art
Following the somewhat disheartening news that famed London design museum The V&A would be prohibiting sketching of its exhibitions, I was heartened to find an antidote to this anti-art sentiment in the @52museums Instagram project.
Each week, one museum takes over the account and showcases the best, boldest, and most bizzare from their collection. The Natural History Museum in London has already taken to the Instagram to display, all manner of wonders, from coral and crabs, to skulls and skeletons. In contrast the Museum of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow displayed the finest of Russian and Byzantine architecture, and the LA-based Getty Museum showcased black and white photography as well as video-recorded performance art.
The initiative allows museums to gain a greater presence across social media, and educate the public, no matter where they’re based. And since museums rely largely on the visual, Instagram seems like perfect medium for this. As someone who spends a large amount of time on social media, specifically Instagram and Twitter, I have to say they’re well worth following for a dose of culture in your daily life.