6 Now-Closed Exhibitions That You Can Still Explore In Street View

By Google Arts & Culture

By Hollie Jones

Brilliant Information Overload Pop Head (2010) by Douglas CouplandVancouver Art Gallery

Ever wish you could go back in time and catch an exhibition you never got round to seeing? Well you can put your DeLorean back in your garage as here’s a selection of 6 amazing now-closed exhibits that you can still visit on Street View.

The floating piers

Fancy walking on water? The Floating Piers by Christo and Jeanne-Claude was a temporary walkway across Lake Iseo in Italy that enabled visitors to do just that. It was made from 100,000 square metres of yellow fabric that was carried by a modular dock system floating on the surface of the water. It was predicted that 500,000 art lovers would visit the exhibition, but the final number reached 1.2 million! After its 16-day run, all the components were removed and industrially recycled but you can take a virtual stroll up the saffron walkways — without the risk of getting wet!

Everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

With an exhibition title like that, it's clear that Douglas Coupland's exploration of modern life is one you'll want to take your time thinking about. And you can — this incredible now-closed exhibit is available to check out on Street View from wherever you are in the world, which is rather apt as it contains artwork that addresses how the internet and widespread access to information affects us. You'll spot Lego sculptures, a narwhal tusk and statements such as "Sorry. I got lost in a YouTube kitten warp." Keep an eye out for Brilliant Information Overload Pop Head — we've all been there!

Tour Paris 13

Months before it was razed to the ground, an abandoned tower block in Paris's 13th arrondissement was turned into the largest gallery of street artists and graffiti artists ever assembled. The building's 36 apartments, stairwells and exterior were transformed by 108 artists from all over the world, making the viewer totally immersed in unique international street art as they walked through it. Their work was shown for 30 days and attracted queues around the block but you can still check out all 9 floors of the now-demolished project on Street View, no waiting!

Biennale Arte 2015

The Venice Biennalle is a massive international exhibition that showcases the work of hundreds of contemporary artists, held every two years in Italy's glamorous City of Water. It includes national pavillions for over 88 countries, which present the art of each country's nominated artist. In 2015 the theme of the Biennale was 'All the World's Futures' curated by Okwui Enwezor. You don't have to worry about getting lost amongst the confusing criss-crossing canals of Venice because you can explore the 56th international art exhibit on Street View, now.

Art at large

In 2015 Chinese artist Ai Weiwei took on Alcatraz to raise questions about freedom of expression and human rights, meaning it was especially poignant that he orchestrated the entire thing from Beijing, after having had his passport confiscated by Chinese authorities in 2011. Alcatraz has formerly been a 19th-century military fortress, a notorious federal penitentiary, a site of Native American heritage and protest, and now one of America’s most visited national parks, making it a fitting location for a dialogue about how we define liberty and justice, individual rights and personal responsibility — and an incredible place to explore on Street View.

Creative Time Presents Kara Walker's “A Subtlety” (2014) by Creative TimeCreative Time

A subtlety

In days past, a subtlety was an edible sugar sculpture eaten at wealthy banquets, which highlighted the affluence of the dinner host who could afford it. Kara Walker's massive, sugar-coated sphinx-like woman explores the opposite side of the sweet substance: our history and contemporary relationship to slavery and the forced-labour that has been used to produce it. Built in Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Factory, she explored the trading and overworking of slaves in the cane fields with her Marvelous Sugar Baby sculpture.

Brilliant Information Overload Pop Head (2010) by Douglas CouplandVancouver Art Gallery

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