Google Arts & Culture introduces music on virtual tours
For a few days now, Google’s Arts & Culture platform has been experimenting with new ways of enjoying art. There are not only the interesting virtual visits to the largest museums in the world (we have already talked about them here) there is precisely the desire to immerse yourself in a different atmosphere.
And maybe breathe the air of artists like Frida Kahlo, one of the “queens” of the platform: no wonder the site on El Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, home of the couple of Mexican artists, both among the most clicked. With a device suitable for any phone and computer, we can “Enter Frida’s house”, in Mexico City, and observe closely the building built by Juan O’Gorman in 1929, following Le Corbusier’s law of functionalism (“maximum effect with minimum effort”) and see the garden up close enter the rooms and the floors and the furniture. One stays in the company of Frida for a long time, on the web: on the platform a rich photographic section reconstructs his life and career (everything is also translated into Italian). There are his opulent clothes, the ethnic jewels he loved, the corsets he hated to wear, the crutches and the painful prostheses: every morbidity is completely satisfied. The substantial online section dedicated to the works reminds us (fortunately) that Frida Kahlo is – above all else – an exceptional artist.
Can art really bring psycho-physical well-being into our lives, giving us serenity and consolation? ArtsandCulture Google believes so, as a newly inaugurated section of ‘also showsMusic + Art‘ by title “Relax, Slow Down and Explore “ .
Obeying the order of the title is worthwhile. In fact, what happens in the following minutes can make your head spin, but it takes very little to become familiar with the project: the platform has selected a series of individual works and museums to offer visitors one online artistic-music pillabout two minutes in the form of a video. No “documentary” didactic music, no explanations, no captions: there is only you, the screen and the music in the headphones. Looking at art in this way becomes almost a form of meditation.
The proposals for now are about a dozen and vary from day to day. Some seem incredibly spot on. For example, that of being able to observe closely, thanks to high-definition shooting, One Sunday afternoon on the island of Grande-Jatte of George Seurat and strolling on the shore, imagining yourself in the shade of the trees, in the company of Bach (you can try it here): there is a moment when, when the zoom focuses on the individual dots of color, it seems to go hand in hand with the keys of the piano).
One Sunday afternoon on George Seurat’s Big Jatte island
Bach also accompanies the investigation “under the lens” of the milkmaid of Jan Vermeer: a painting of an apparent simplicity, of which we can grasp almost every drop of milk that comes down from the woman’s jug, thanks also to the suggestive musical carpet.
Music tours are also proposed for some visits to major museums, such as the National Gallery in London or the Getty Museum: the virtual tour of the National is like a “street view” of beauty to the nth degree since the sound suggestion accompanies not so much a visit that focuses on the individual masterpieces, as on the rooms of the museum (the movement of the room almost gives dizziness in the room) while the Orsay Museum in Paris (here the link to the video also proposed on Youtube) has chosen to be accompanied by the electronic music produced by Unicorn Heads.
For Elisa, the famous song by Beethoven, is the sound carpet chosen for the visual navigation of a great contemporary Chinese painter, Yue Mingjun, who loves the features of irony, absurdity and paradox. Her Free and leisure -10 it belongs to a series of works created by him about twenty years ago and more current than ever: we can observe him well while showing us an almost “monkey-like” and tribal humanity, at the bottom of a disenchanted and distant nature. In “Music + Art” we travel in the painting, in the company of Beethoven, and it is intriguing (scrolling with the mouse you can find the various contents that combine art + music).
Yue Mingjun, Free and Leisure -10
Finally, an all-Italian surprise. This is the clip dedicated by Arts & Culture to one of the masterpieces kept at the Museo del 900 in Milan: Moods-Those who remain, a 1911 work by Umberto Boccioni (here you can “navigate in”). With its teal-colored background, the almost abstract brush stroke, describes one of the parting moments at the railway station: there is speed, but above all the perception of the absence of those who have left. This suspended atmosphere is enhanced by the musical accompaniment that we can listen to here https://artsandculture.google.com/story/0wXBuoBk4I615w?hl=it. They are only a few minutes, but suggestive. A short break of multisensory well-being.
Umberto Boccioni, Those who remain