Museum of Brisbane goes virtual with online exhibition Remembering the First World War
Although physically visiting museums is out of the question for now, getting your well-deserved dose of history, art and culture is most definitely not. Joining a bunch famed museums from around the globe, Museum of Brisbane has moved online – so you can now visit virtually! To celebrate going virtual and commemorate Anzac Day, Museum of Brisbane has launched a free specially curated online exhibition, Remembering the First World War, which allows visitors to engage with and explore war stories of Australian service men and women. The jam-packed exhibition will feature photographs, diary entries and letters from war veterans that give a detailed, educational and emotional insight into the First World War.
One of Museum of Brisbane’s (MoB) first virtual exhibitions, Remembering the First World War, has opened its online doors ahead of our national day of remembrance, Anzac Day. The online exhibition includes artefacts, memorabilia and artwork that focuses on the huge impact that the First World War had on those who enlisted and those who awaited their return. Remembering the First World War showcases a selection of studio portraits of soldiers and nurses in uniform, a short-film presentation (including letters and first-person accounts of the war), artworks created by Brisbane-based artist Greer Townshend and much more.
On Anzac Day (Saturday April 25), MoB will hold a live interactive Zoom session with Greer to chat everything art-related and delve into her most recent project, Here I Came to the Very Edge, which is featured in the exhibition. For those looking for creative craft projects to tackle at home, Greer has also developed a remembrance-themed paper-based folding activity, Sending Love From Afar, which can be downloaded and made at home. The piece can then be displayed on your front door, mailbox or even via social media using the hashtag #sendinglovefromafar and tagging @museumofbrisbane, to memorialise and give gratitude to war veterans this Anzac Day.
If you just can’t get enough of MoB’s insanely addictive creative goodness, then fear not! Museum of Brisbane has teamed up with Google Arts & Culture, joining the likes of world-class international museums and galleries such as the Tate Modern in London, New York’s Guggenheim Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, to provide virtual access to some of its other collections – including the textile-fuelled Easton Pearson Archive – as well as a variety of boredom-busting activities to help keep your entertained during isolation. Anyone keen to make a pineapple plushie?
To check out Remembering the First World War as well as the other collections and kid-friendly activities, visit the Museum of Brisbane of website.