Museums Around The World Are Sharing Their Most “Zen” Art On Social Media
As most travellers opt to cancel flights and vacations to combat the spread of COVID-19, many frequent flyers have not only experienced an irrevocable wanderlust, but also heightened anxiety surrounding the current global state of affairs.
While many museums worldwide have closed their doors to both travellers and locals, many organisations are working to find creative ways to provide the public with art and culture—including virtual tours and posting works on social media.
What started with the Museum of the City of New York using the hashtag #MuseumMomentofZen on both Instagram and Twitter to share particularly zen artworks online to provide a moment of calmness amidst the current global anxiety.
According to the Communications office for the Museum of the City of New York, #MuseumMomentofZen was met with more than 25,000 likes and has since sparked over 75 museums to post their own moments of zen.
The movement includes museums across the U.S., like The Broad, a contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles, which is periodically live streaming Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s iconic Infinity Room exhibit, the Lebadang Memory Space in Vietnam, which recently posted Personnages by Vietnamese-born French painter Lebadang, as well as handfuls of other art, natural history and science and nature museums around the world, sharing visual art, architecture, videos, and installations.
Other museum moments of zen have started including meditative quotes and affirmations like Rubin Museum of Art in New York, which reminds “guests” to take a moment to breathe.
If you’re craving a nip of art and relaxation, search the hashtag #MuseumMomentofZen on Twitter and Instagram for your own daily dose of culture and art. Alternatively, museums are also using the hashtag #MuseumFromHome for a more broad selection of works.