Virtual Viewing: Art to See Online Now

Due to Covid-19, Germany is back in lockdown, albeit a “lockdown light.” As of November 2nd, museums, cultural centers and project spaces are closed, while galleries remain open. Therefore, our THE WEEK events section is supplemented here with a selected list of artist talks, exhibitions, festivals, films, publications and other relevant happenings that are available online. We will continually update this selection, so if you know of any others that are not listed here, please share them with us: info[at]


Aug. 20, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021
Now in its sixth edition, 3hd 2020 will act as a queer-feminist biotope created by Creamcake. 3hd 2020 has implemented a decentralized and dislocated festival structure across different locations around the globe. Los Angeles, Milan, and the woods of Norway, are just some of the nodes in the neural network of the extended ECO-centers organism, branching out from its usual base in Berlin. Creamcake will offer their multidimensional festival program, online and IRL, running to January next year.

Nov. 22-29, 2020
The XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin is well known for its experimental ethos and its broad interpretation of “queerness”. Together with the Berlinische Galerie, XPOSED has selected six short films from earlier editions and from the forthcoming program. The film program, presented on the Berlinische Galerie website, was put together as part of the online project ‘Out and About: Queer Visibilities in the Collection.’

June 2020 – Jan. 2021
Collective Practices was set to takeover ACUD MACHT NEU’s spaces to examine “collective practice” as it relates to artistic creation, cultural organizing and social coexistence across four thematic explorations. Due to COVID-19, the Collective Practices series of events have been restructured and have now moved from the physical to the digital space. With events popping up throughout the next months, you can already join a workshop series designing stories from the future, experience a monthly online music listening and discussion group, and listen to conversations expanding narratives of African & Black identities through an archive initiative.

Nov. 21, 2020-May 23, 2021
Copenhagen Contemporary and Chronus Art Center present the group exhibition titled ‘We=Link: Sideways’, featuring 22 works by twenty-seven artists and artist collectives, from the pioneers of net art to millennials. The works on display and online span three decades of net art practice, from arguably the first internet-era artwork of the Thing BBS in 1991 to the most current production continuing to evolve as the exhibition opens.

Nov. 20–22, 2020
Broadcast to the world via a livestream, the ‘Driving the Human Opening Festival’ is organized and hosted by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Over the course of three days, the festival combines different formats, interweaving live programming with pre-recorded segments, including panel discussions, film screenings, lectures, performances, talks, workshops and an activation program. The festival brings inspiring speakers and visionary voices to the fore, in search of the constructive frictions that define our contemporary moment.

Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020
‘In the Beginning: Media Art and History’ is a thematic online exhibition that explores how video, sound and performance artists use new technologies and formats to imagine history now. The series unfolds over three chapters. Each chapter includes a program with one featured artist. Tune in to hear Hirshhorn curators in conversation with Kiyan Williams on November 18th and Kota Ezawa on December 16th.

Nov. 11 – Dec. 13, 2020
In light of the recent lockdown restrictions in the city, the 36th edition of interfilm Festival will now take place online. More than 270 short films will be screened in over 30 programs including selected Q&As over a period of one month, presented via the streaming platform Sooner. All films in the festival will now be available to view for the price of a single cinema ticket. Interfilm’s program is a celebration of the short film, including a wide range of categories, from International and European competitions to Documentary and Script Pitch. The special focus this year is on Poland and Post-Colonialism.

colourful animation still from the film Bless You! showing 4 figures on a street with houses behind, 2 of them entangled in multicolored scarves

Paulina Ziolkowska: ‘Bless you!’, 2018, Poland, film still, 04:45 min, Animation // Courtesy of the filmmaker

Nov. 18-22, 2020
LEVY Galerie presents a selection of works by Werner Berges, Allen Jones, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray and Cornelia Schleime in its Art Cologne 2020 Viewing Room.

Sept. 25 – Dec. 20, 2020
The exhibition ‘Living the City’, which opened in the Tempelhof Airport building in September, is also available as a virtual exhibition online. The virtual city collage invites visitors to participate, with more than 50 urban stories, sorted and overlapped in eight thematic areas. Despite the closure of the live exhibition, ‘Living the City’ can still be experienced through the virtual city collage, guided film tours and project recommendations by the curatorial team, as well as recordings and digital events from the supporting program.

Nov. 17–26, 2020
The 18th edition of LOOP Fair Barcelona will present a hybrid programme of online and offline activities, to keep supporting the artists, their galleries as well as those who are involved in making the moving image community grow stronger. This year the Fair will host a high quality selection of videos by 28 galleries from 17 countries online. On view on LOOP Barcelona’s website from November 17th to 26th, the offer will be enriched by the LOOP Talks, an engaging programme of conversations with international art experts.

Nov. 2–30, 2020
The Museum Ludwig, like all other municipal museums in Cologne, will be closed from November 2nd to 30th. No in-person events will take place during this time. However, the museum will remain active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The Late Night Thursday event on November 5th for the photography presentation ‘Sisi in Private: The Empress’s Photo Albums’ will take place digitally on Instagram. There will be a quiz with prizes, Viennese waltzes, and a discussion by the curator of the exhibition, Miriam Szwast, about Sisi’s choice of clothing. Hubertus Butin’s lecture on art forgeries will also be livestreamed (in German) on November 5th at 7 pm. The symposium on the Russian avant-garde on November 6 and 7 will also take place exclusively online. Interested participants can register at The digital 360-degree tour of selected rooms in the permanent collection will continue to be available on the museum’s website.

Oct. 28 – Dec. 6, 2020
The first HYPERTOPIA ‘Field Exploration’ has been published on the STATE Studio website. Each of these semi-digital excursions takes an artwork in the show as a starting point and sends participants to public places in Berlin to explore the exhibition’s core ideas outside of the gallery space, linking them with related perspectives of scientists and creative practitioners. Instructions for the little art-science-scavenger hunt are brought to your preferred mobile device by means of a matrix code. The first ‘Field Exploration’—on the work of Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, who just won the Berlin Science Week Falling Walls Award in the Science in the Arts category—is now online; in addition to a video message by the artist, it contains contributions by Martin Müller, researcher at the Matters of Activity Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt University, and Laureline Simon Krichewsky, resilience expert and former staff member of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat. New explorations, like the next one departing from Himali Singh Soin’s art work “we are opposite like that” will follow weekly.

poster reading Hypertopia Field Explorations in purple on a grey background

Nov. 2–30, 2020
In November, the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in collaboration with Times Art Center Berlin will present a selection of time-based works in the virtual cinema arsenal 3. The selected works will offer insights into the art movements of Asia to which the initiatives have been committed. Conversations with the people behind the archives on the presented works, their respective institutional foci, their history, and their view of the future will be published on the “Archive außer sich” website. This four-year project is a series of interdisciplinary research, presentation, and exhibition projects dealing with film cultural heritage and its archives. ‘Why an archive?’ is curated by Ariane Beyn in collaboration with Videotage, Asia Art Archive, Video Bureau and is part of a public program for the exhibition ‘Readings From Below’, on view at Times Art Center Berlin until December 12, 2020.


6×6 project is an online platform dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of artists’ moving image works. Founded by artist Mirelle Borra in 2017, 6×6 project draws inspiration from the alternative art space movement of the 1970s in New York by utilizing the ‘artists-selecting-artists’ model—six artists, each selecting another artist for inclusion on the platform, every six weeks.

The curators of the 11th Berlin Biennale, María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio, take you on video tours through ‘The Crack Begins Within’ at the four exhibition venues: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, daadgalerie, Gropius Bau, and 11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint.

The Cincinnati Art Museum offers several exhibitions online. Currently on view are: ‘Frida Kahlo: Photographic Portraits by Bernard Silberstein,’ ‘The Art Academy of Cincinnati and World War I,’ ‘Robert S. Duncanson,’ and ‘Rembrandt: Master Printmaker and Mementos of Affection.’

Since the fall of 2016, D’EST has formed a contemporary video art platform that maps out female* and collective positions that reflect the post-socialist transformation along post-geographic, horizontal, and feminist focus topics. Shaped by fifteen curators, the platform features forty-three video works, experimental films and documentaries, which open up artistic historiographies to be screened online and at different art institutions.

In a new podcast series, Beatrix Joyce considers how we can adapt the dance industry and performance practices to the digital realm, digging a little deeper into questions of dance and digitalisation. The first three episodes, featuring performance scholar Martina Ruhsam, poet Márió Z. Nemes, and curator Jacopo Lanteri, are now available.

The second edition of ‘The Enclosed Garden’, an international & annual nighttime exhibition about intimacy, is now online in the form of many possibilities: you are invited to explore 4 hours of video, texts, vocal recordings and music, alone or together. The web design, the concept of exploration and the texts for each room constitute an artwork by Celia Stroom.

Garage Digital, an online platform launched by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, currently hosts musician and artist James Ferraro’s exhibition ‘The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100.’

Hauser & Wirth inaugurated their online viewing room with an exhibition of French American artist Louise Bourgeois. Drawing was a daily ritual throughout Bourgeois’s seven-decade career, used as a necessary tool to record and exorcise her memories and emotions. Since then, they have shown several other exhibitions, including ‘Zoe Leonard: The ties that bind’ and ‘George Condo: Drawings for Distanced Figures.’

HAU has suspended its program until the end of the season 2019/2020. Instead, they’re offering the online programme #HAUonline presented on their YouTube Channel, including many upcoming performances, lectures and concerts. See the full program below.

Viktoria Binschtok: ‘Golden Horn & Golden Case’, 2017 // Courtesy of the artist and Klemm’s, Berlin

Henie Onstad streams exclusive and previously unpublished material of exceptional quality from its archives. In the form of digital concerts, the public will experience recordings, commissioned pieces and concerts with artists such as Ulver, Lindstrøm, When, and Moon Relay. In addition to this, there will be digital guided tours of the closed exhibitions ‘Picasso 347’ and ‘New Visions’.

In a special edition, the digital series ‘CC: World’, presented by HKW, deals with racism and violence in times of Sars-CoV-2. In what form does structural racism emerge in the crisis? What interactions are there between the Black Lives Matter movement and how the black US population is particularly affected by the corona pandemic? How is the pandemic affecting global protests? The contributors to the special edition of CC: World raise these and other questions in artistic video and text contributions, conversations and essays – and try to find personal answers to the global crisis.

The exhibition ‘Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne’ at HKW Berlin is now available as a 3D tour, produced by the project partner The Warburg Institute, which makes it possible to explore, question and view the atlas without being there. In addition, the tour includes the Gemäldegalerie exhibition ‘Between Cosmos and Pathos’, which shows artworks ranging from prehistory and early history through to the modern age, which Warburg used as the basis for his encyclopaedic image collection.

In this podcast, Jerry Gogosian brings together voices from across the art world. The latest episode features renowned art critic Jerry Saltz.

Videos and films from the Julia Stoschek Collection are being continually uploaded and made accessible online. Over 860 works by more than 255 artists are accompanied by explanatory texts about the works.

‘Bunch of Kunst in Quarantine // Paradox Paradise’ is a virtual exhibition curated by Tina Sauerländer and Mara-Johanna Kolmel, which turns its lens on artistic production in times of Corona. It poses the question of how visual art – in the context of social distancing, national demarcation, domestic retreat, economic downturn, rising nationalism and encompassing surveillance – can open up alternative paths for reflection, transformation and solidarity. The online group exhibition features work by Uli Ap (UK), Katharina Arndt (DE), Lara Verena Bellenghi (AT), Hannah Bohnen (DE), Marta de la Figuera (ESP), Ornella Fieres (DE), Bettina Funke (DE), Sabine Funke & Karlheinz Bux (DE), Fabian Hesse (DE) & Mitra Wakil (AFG), Helena Hunter (UK), Dorien Lantin (DE) & Robert Hecht (DE), Marie-Eve Levasseur (CAN/DE), Martina Menegon (IT/AT), Filippo Minelli (IT), Chiara Passa (IT), Agnese Sanvito (IT), Susan Supercharged (US/UK), Thomas Teurlai (FR), Miloš Trakilovic (BIH/NL).

‘KONTINUUM. Something between Archive and Project Space’ brings together artworks, videos, sounds and thoughts of artists and cultural workers on the topic of digitalization and isolation. The contributions submitted through an open call will be enhanced by selected positions and comments. This project creates an ever-expanding place to capture and reflect on this difficult time, to share our thoughts and feelings, to exchange ideas and to be there for each other. Together we want to create and experience this space. In addition there will be live events that will make it possible to experience art from home. Participants include Cynthia Montier and Mathieu Tremblin, Lucy Beall, George Nebieridze, 5.18 Magazine and many more.

Kunstbibliothek Berlin has launched a 360-degree virtual tour of their current exhibition ‘Trade:Mark – Stankowski + Duschek Graphic Design Studio’. The exhibition is an exploration of the work of German graphic design studio Stankowski + Duschek, a pioneering firm in the field of communication design, who popularized logos, signage and corporate identity as early as the mid-20th century. The exhibition includes some 300 works covering the output of the Stankowski + Duschek design studio, through a broad spectrum of sketches, variations and executed designs, as well as printed matter ranging from advertisements to company typefaces, illustrating the working methods of a communication designer prior to the routine use of computers.

Grafisches Atelier Stankowski + Duschek, Markenzeichen der 1970er- bis 2000er-Jahre, Querformat // © Meike Gatermann und Stankowski-Stiftung / Zusammenstellung: Gerwin Schmidt, 2019

Purple smoke from fireworks rises over a vast beach

Judy Chicago: ‘Purple Atmosphere,’ 1969. Fireworks performance at Santa Barbara Beach, Santa Barbara, CA // © Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy of Through the Flower Archives. Courtesy of the artist; Salon 94, New York; and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

Berlin-based, non-profit art foundation Light Art Space (LAS) announces the first virtual artwork by acclaimed American artist Judy Chicago, ‘Judy Chicago Rainbow AR’. Through this new commission, Chicago continues her long-running ‘Atmospheres’ series, inviting global audiences to experience a newly created smoke sculpture in augmented reality. Produced in close collaboration with LAS and experience designers International Magic, Chicago has created a new form of her Smoke Sculptures™, which will now be brought into the digital realm. ‘Judy Chicago Rainbow AR’ will be accessible to audiences wherever they are based, allowing them to have their own site-specific experience, activating and ‘beautifying’ their own surroundings. The artwork will be available as an app, which can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store and will be compatible with a broad range of mobile devices.

Beijing museum M WOODS presents the online exhibition ‘Art Is Still Here: A Hypothetical Show for a Closed Museum,’ which takes place through the museum’s online platforms. The exhibition is curated by Artistic Director and Chief Curator Victor Wang.

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M WOODS: ‘Art Is Still Here: A Hypothetical Show for a Closed Museum’ // Courtesy of M WOODS

On the occasion of its 10th birthday, MOMENTUM, the Global Platform for Time-based Art, is proud to present a selection of video works reflecting on life before and during COVID-19; the poetry of the day-to-day as it relates to the changing world we inhabit. With one country after another having closed their borders, and with social distancing continued to be measured in meters, countries, and continents, we are instructed to seek safety in seclusion from the world and from one another. So, like its medieval literary namesake, and with a defiant wink in the face of COVID-19, ‘COVIDecameron’ gathers together video works by 19 artists from 12 countries around the globe, for an exhibition online.

Berlin Art Link Berlin Art Spaces Momentum

Doug Fishbone: ‘Artificial Intelligence,’ 2018, part of ‘COVIDecameron’ at Momentum

The iconic Parisian museum offers virtual tours on its website. Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries and explore their collections, presenting a wide range of pieces from Antiquity, the decorative arts and more.

‘SEEN BY #14: Imprinted Matter: Reading Room Loading’ is part of the exhibition series Seen By, a joint project presented at the Museum für Fotografie and organized by the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Its aim is to rethink curatorial and artistic strategies for working with contemporary photography. Here you will find a curated look into and digital preview of the publications of UdK artists and beyond about intersectional themes that were produced for the reading room. In this age, these zines, artists books, performative, and installation publications document themselves, raise their voices and reclaim space.

Malte Spindler: ‘Reading Room Curtain Intersectional Matter ‘ // © courtesy Malte Spindler

The Paris Opera is putting its most beautiful shows from its archives online free of charge. From ‘Don Giovanni’ to ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘The Tales of Hoffmann,’ there are many great classics to see or rediscover from home.

Platform: New York is a viewing room featuring twelve New York-based galleries, hosted on David Zwirner Online. Participants in Platform: New York represent a cross-section of the city’s gallery community: 47 Canal, Bridget Donahue, Bureau, Company, David Lewis, Elijah Wheat Showroom, Essex Street, James Fuentes, JTT, Magenta Plains, Ramiken and Queer Thoughts. Each gallery will feature a focused presentation of works by a single artist. In some cases, galleries are presenting artists who were intended to be featured in Spring exhibitions or whose shows were cut short by this month’s closures. Among the artists included are Elaine Cameron-Weir, Josh Kline, Park McArthur and Keegan Monaghan.

The digital platform Prototype’s curated selection of new video work is accessible online. The website is curated and edited by Lauren Carroll Harris.

The new podcast of the Schering Stiftung is now online. In Episode 1: “How far is the distance between yourself and your thoughts?”, listen to the two founders of Hyphen-Labs, Carmen Aguilar y Wedge and Ece Tankal, in an artist talk (in English) with the curators of ‘PushMi PullYu’, Christina Landbrecht and Nele Heinevetter. They discuss the genesis of the exhibition, the dialogue between art and science, and the question whether there can be love between robots.

Photo by Lena Kunz

Nomadic project space Neue Berliner Räume’s ‘Stadtschreiber – Berlin in Pictures’ is an ongoing Instagram channel. It gives a platform to photographers to record their personal perspectives on the places, people and stories of Berlin.

Super Dakota gallery in Brussels has just launched a virtual Video Room on their website, which features a program of films, videos and digital art. The program started with the very much appropriate to the situation ‘Opera Calling 2007’ by !Mediengruppe Bitnik.

David Zwirner: Podcasts, Books, 2020 // Courtesy of the gallery

This free and accessible archive began in 1996 as a site focusing on visual and concrete poetry. But since then it has grown to include all things avant-garde on the internet, making available thousands of films and videos, as well as pieces of music and writing.

Video Art at Midnight Editions is an anthology of artists’ films and installations. The latest, Edition No. 24, is a video work by Berlin-based artist Raphaela Vogel entitled ‘Psychogräfin.’

Volksbühne in Berlin has moved much of its program online. Visit their website for a list of online programming.

David Zwirner announces a new podcast release schedule for ‘Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast’ and free access to excerpts from David Zwirner Books publications. The debut episode features artists Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordström. Other episodes from season three include curator Helen Molesworth in conversation with artists Kahlil Joseph and Karon Davis; a discussion between photographer Tyler Mitchell and writer, curator, and cultural critic Antwaun Sargent; and a conversation with artist Luc Tuymans. David Zwirner has also expanded digital access to David Zwirner Books publications, beginning by sharing individual letters from ‘Letters to a Young Painter’ by Rainer Maria Rilke.