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Three arty things to do at home this weekend

A number of social media accounts are encouraging people to recreate famous work of art Courtesy of @tussenkunstenquarantaine, @stephismyname and @c.r.h.wolters

Museums worldwide have conjured up lighthearted ways of coping with the coronavirus pandemic which is dominating our daily lives. The Getty in Los Angeles threw down the most imaginative gauntlet with its challenge, issued on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, to re-create masterpieces at home using just three items.

The initiative was inspired by the Instagram account called Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine (Between Art and Quarantine), which was started on 14 March as a funny suggestion between friends over WhatsApp while working from home. The account, which was shared on Instagram by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, has now posted more than 400 images and has 122,000 followers.

Covid Classics, a similar English account but where the images are made by four housemates, was set up on 22 March and now has 62,000 followers. The Gettys DIY-masterpiece project develops the idea, allowing participants to download images from the institutions online collection. Cézanne, Vermeer and Munch have all proved popular choices.

The re-creations have flooded in, say Getty officials. “Youve re-created Jeff Koons using a pile of socks, restaged Jacques-Louis David with a fleece blanket and duct tape, and MacGyvered costumes out of towels, pillows, scarves, shower caps, coffee filters, bubble wrap, and—of course—toilet paper,” according to the website.

Meanwhile, the high-profile curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, the artistic director of Londons Serpentine Galleries, is posting parts of his celebrated Do It series on his Instagram. Artists give instructions for creating works as part of the initiative, which was launched in 1993 with the artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier. Obrist has so far posted Yoko Onos Wish Piece (1996), Body Pressure (1974) by Bruce Nauman, an untitled piece by EtRead More – Source