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Art galleries moving online due to coronavirus

Ljubljana, 18 March - Several Slovenian galleries and museums have closed their doors to visitors during the coronavirus epidemic but that does not mean art lovers will be left in the lurch. Art events, including museum tours, are simply moving online.

Ljubljana
The Slovenian National Gallery.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

The National Gallery is offering tours of the museum at https://www.ng-slo.si/si/virtualna-galerija, while those interested in individual art pieces from its permanent exhibition can find them at https://www.ng-slo.si/si/stalna-zbirka.

The Equrna Gallery is inviting visitors to its website http://equrna.si/, where its latest exhibition Green Cut curated by Tomaž Brejc and Arne Brejc, is presented in a series of photographs.

The exhibition of green-themed, mostly abstract paintings by various artists also includes plants from the Abandoned Plants Sanctuary. The plants are available for adoption.

The Jakopič Gallery held a virtual opening of an exhibition presenting contemporary Indonesian socially-engaged photography dubbed Vision 20/20 on Tuesday. The event in English was broadcast live on the gallery's Facebook and Instagram accounts and is now available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ieuie9RezU4).

The team of Moderna Galerija, the national museum of modern and contemporary art, has also prepared a host of interesting events on social media.

This Friday, it will launch a project Artemija on Facebook, as part of which each member of the team will present an art piece from its permanent collection they feel particularly strong about.

Online guided tours will also be available along with videos of past events at the museum.

The Slovenian Ethnographic Museum has also moved its collection and exhibitions online to https://www.etno-muzej.si/en.

Perhaps the most innovative in adapting to the new reality is Ljubljana City Art Gallery, which is preparing a special Facebook exhibition of art pieces created during the social isolation.

The exhibition of works the gallery is accepting via e-mail at umetnostvizolaciji@gmail.com will open on 20 March.

The gallery said the campaign was inspired by works sent to it by illustrator Milanka Fabjančič, dealing with the issue of social isolation.

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