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Paris Museums Enlist Instagrammers to Recreate Classic French Artworks

Parallèles par Paris Musées
Parallèles par Paris Musées

Art is for everyonebut not everyone enjoys going to an art museum. That’s why Paris's municipal museums, Paris Musées, recently created a new web platform to make their vast assortment of paintings, sculptures, and photographs digitally accessible to the public. 

In honor of the site’s launch, Paris Musées brainstormed an art project of their own, called Parallels. They collaborated with 10 well-known Instagram personalities to recreate famous works from their collections using the popular social media platform. Their goal? To make the artworks a little more accessible, a little more modern, and—dare we say it—a little more fun for contemporary audiences. 

“Whether a photographer, fashion blogger, or a comedy YouTuber, each Instagrammer drew on material from his or her own experiences to express his or her affinity for the original work or simply to reinterpret it with a new twist,” the museum explained in a release.

The final result? A series of fresh, modern takes on paintings and photographs by artists including Charles Nègre, François Boucher, and Amedeo Modigliani. The Instagram photos, which went on display yesterday, will be exhibited in the city’s Gare Saint-Lazare rail station through July 31, 2016, and travelers can suggest their own remakes of works by posting them on the social platform with the #ParallelesParisMusées hashtag.

Not traveling to Paris anytime soon? You can view the works below. 

Ary Scheffer (1795-1858). Le Giaour. Huile sur toile, 1832. D'après "Le Giaour" de Lord Byron. Paris, musée de la Vie romantique. © Musée de la Vie Romantique / Roger-Viollet

François Boucher (1703-1770). Portrait présumé de Marie-Emilie Baudouin, fille du peintre. Huile sur toile, entre 1758 et 1760. Paris, musée Cognacq- Jay. © Musée Cognacq-Jay / Roger-Viollet

by @audrey.pirault © Quentin Caffier

Louis Antoine Léon Riesener (1808-1878). Théophile Gautier (1811-1871). Pastel, 1850. Paris, maison de Balzac. © Maison de Balzac / Roger- Viollet

Charles Nègre (1820 – 1880). Les ramoneurs en marche, Paris. Photographie, entre 1851 et 1852. Paris, musée Carnavalet. © Charles Nègre / Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

Georges Clairin (1843-1919). Portrait de Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923). Peinture à l’huile, 1876. Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais. © Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

Marcel Bernard (1902 - 1991). Jean Moulin aux Arceaux près de la promenade du Peyrou à Montpellier. Photographie, Février 1940. © Legs. Antoinette Sasse, Musée du Général Leclerc/Musée Jean Moulin

Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920). Femme aux yeux bleus. Huile sur toile, vers 1918. Paris, musée d'Art moderne. © Musée d'Art Moderne / RogerViollet

Animal monstrueux gardien de tombe 椆ऽْ. Bois. Paris, musée Cernuschi. © E. Emo et Cl.Tachdjian / Musée Cernuschi / Roger-Viollet

Antoine BOURDELLE (1861-1929). Isadora. Plume et encre de Chine, aquarelle sur papier vélin, 1909-1929. Paris, musée Bourdelle. © Musée Bourdelle / Roger-Viollet

Léon Bonnat (1833-1922). Portrait de Victor Hugo. Huile sur toile, 1879. Paris, Maison de Victor Hugo. © Maisons de Victor Hugo / Roger-Viollet

All images courtesy of Parallèles par Paris Musées

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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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