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This Museum Is Asking People to Recreate Works of Art Using Household Items

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by Eben Diskin Mar 31, 2020

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles wants you to remain inspired by art even during your time in self-isolation. So, on March 25, the museum sent out a tweet asking individuals to recreate their favorite works of art using everyday household items. And people have stepped up to the challenge.

Items like toilet paper, coffee filters, children’s toys, and even breakfast toast have been used to recreate the masterpieces of Cezanne, Vermeer, Dalí, Picasso, and more. The museum has received thousands of unique submissions so far, and given the immense boredom that has gripped the nation, can probably expect thousands more.

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Annelisa Stephan, the museum’s assistant director for digital content strategy, said to Smithsonian Magazine, “There have been thousands of amazing ones. … Some of them are brilliant artistically, but they’re all just really funny.”

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Photo: GettyMuseum/Twitter

There are no right or wrong answers to this challenge — every piece of art out there is fair game. If in need of inspiration, the stay-at-home-artists can recreate an image from the Getty’s online photo archive, which contains over two million items from the collection.

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Photo: karmadump/Twitter

According to Stephan, the aim of the challenge is to connect communities around the world through a love of art and creativity. “The heartening part of this is not just the creations, but how generous and kind people are in the comment [sections] by holding each other up. When [the Getty] was thinking about what we could do during this time when so many museums are closed, it seemed to us that what art could really offer is a sense of community.”

With nothing but time on our hands, there’s really no excuse not to give it a shot.

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