Virtual tours of Asian Museums: Contemporary South Korean and Chinese Art, Relics of Wuhan
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, everything suddenly moved into the digital space and internet gained a new level of importance. It is not a surprise that virtual museum tours are rapidly gaining popularity as people long for travel, new discoveries, and culture. For those looking for new knowledge about contemporary art in the Far East, we suggest you pay attention to the large selection of Asian art collections.
On February 1, 2011, the Google Cultural Institute launched the digital platform called Google Arts & Culture, where people from all over the planet can access and enjoy the world’s most important pieces of art. Now, this platform has been updated, it has a new interface and is even simpler and mor friendly for the users. So, here are some recommendations about what you can see using this platform without leaving home.
Today Art Museum (China)
It was founded in 2002 by Zhang Baoquan, and in 2013 Alex Gao became the official executive director of the museum. The main purpose of this museum is to promote the popularity of contemporary Chinese art. It is the first non-profit and independent art museum in China.
Korean Art Museum Association (South Korea)
It is a non-profit association of South Korean artists. This organization brings together hundreds of other museums, so here you can see an incredible number of artworks and gain new knowledge while reading definitions and articles of contemporary art experts. Google offers 7,564 image views and 3 tours of Korean Art Now virtual galleries. The first part represents the socio-economic problems of South Korea, the second part reflects on and analyzes reality and fiction, and the third part raises the issues and problems of modernity.
The official website claims that this museum originally was created as a part of the Ministry of Education and it was founded in 1871. It preserves not only the cultural heritage of Japan, but also of the whole continent of Asia. The forms of art involve photography, sculpture, illustrations, books, paintings of various directions and flows of art throughout the decades. The Artists Association of this museum is actively working with contemporary Asian artists, so the existing collection is constantly being supplemented with new works of art. In this way, visitors are encouraged to take a constant interest in Asian culture and broaden their perspective.
Museum of Contemporary Art (Bangkok, Thailand)
A museum has been established in Thailand and has a large archive of Thai art. Unique and rare works of art can be found in the collection here. The collection is constantly complemented by works of young but rapidly gaining the world-wide popularity artists such as Chalood Nimsamer, Paitun Muangsomboon and other famous names.
Hubei Provincial Museum (China)
This museum represents the cultural history of Hubei Province (China) that is called the homeland of coronavirus. The museum was founded in 1953. Many cultural relics from ancient times, including the most important works are stored here. The museum is surrounded by a garden where you can take a virtual tour also. The design of the building itself is based on the traditional Chu cultural style, reminiscent of a symmetrical temple. As a result of the pandemic, the city of Wuhan has been receiving worldwide attention.