During these self-isolation days, there have been all sorts of challenges on social media. To be quite honest, most of them annoy the hell out of me, but I have finally found one that I really, really like. Getty Museum in L.A. has recently challenged its followers on Twitter to recreate their favorite artwork at home. The results quickly came coming in, and they’re as funny as it gets.
Getty Museum posted the tweet last week to share the challenge with its followers. The rules are pretty simple:
- Choose your favorite artwork
- Find three things lying around your house⠀
- Recreate the artwork with those items
We challenge you to recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home.
? Choose your favorite artwork
? Find three things lying around your house⠀
? Recreate the artwork with those items
And share with us. pic.twitter.com/9BNq35HY2V
— Getty is Celebrating 25 Years (@GettyMuseum) March 25, 2020
Even the museum posted a few examples under the original post to give people ideas and inspire them to share their own photos. And when the first results started coming in… Well, it just kept getting better.
We stan.https://t.co/K3JVGpFPAJ pic.twitter.com/rIqXzr5hIK
— Getty (@GettyMuseum) March 25, 2020
“Triple Self Portrait” by Norman Rockwell pic.twitter.com/LEr2e2bl7x
— Robert Etheredge (@BobEtheredge) March 28, 2020
Bathroom tile Mondrian pic.twitter.com/zKB6hmyavP
— Dan Martini (@dmontherocks) March 29, 2020
@GettyMuseum feeling a bit constricted indoors, so we had to pause for this Nahua-Coyote inspired musing from Florentine Codex Book 11. pic.twitter.com/wZv3mBB8tA
— Josh Fitzgerald (@IntrepidHistory) March 27, 2020
My father (who wanted to abide by the three-item guideline) has re-created Winged Victory!@ArtDecider pic.twitter.com/EPNbT2Otbc
— Wendy Zuckerman (@wsz111) March 29, 2020
[Detail of St. Jerome from a ca. 1510 prayer book] https://t.co/eboGOprCDx pic.twitter.com/3Ag5juUCer
— Newberry Library (@NewberryLibrary) March 30, 2020
Those who share their quarantine days with family members, partners or pets can, of course, include them as well. But for those who are in the quarantine alone, there are creative and downright hilarious ways of adding characters to your recreations. Here’s a couple of examples:
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso as envisioned with some of my Barbie dolls pic.twitter.com/7QjhJWwB4d
— Twenty Twenty TerhiMG ? ? (@TerhiMG) March 30, 2020
My favourite #degas #recreatemasterpiece taking this local @PotteriesMuseum @l_beardmore ? who’s up for the challenge? pic.twitter.com/aZqM9Wn1Us
— Amanda Allcock (@mnd50) March 29, 2020
And of course, it can hardly go without toilet paper, one of the symbols of the current situation:
@GettyMuseum – Mirabelle (1990) by Helen Frankenthaler pic.twitter.com/YvFzGa3TxH
— Linda G. Hatton (@LindaGHatton) March 29, 2020
If you want to search for the artwork to recreate, you can find lots of paintings, drawings and other art in the Getty Museum’s collection. Of course, there are other free online galleries that you can browse through and you can find the list here.
I was just thinking today how this must be the first year that there are no April Fools posts almost anywhere on the internet. And I believe that we need some humor to get through all this. This is why I liked this challenge so much: other than inspiring us to get creative, the results will undoubtedly make us laugh. So, browse the galleries and make your own versions of your favorite paintings, drawings or photos. Make yourself and others laugh. Or at least check out the Twitter thread if you need some good laughter.
[via The Guardian]
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