LIFE IN LOCKDOWN | Day 8: Dress up as your favourite artwork

Rise to the J Paul Getty museum's challenge and let life imitate art

03 April 2020 - 00:00
By Paula Andropoulos
A man and his muse: Vincent van Gogh's 'Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe'.
Image: 123RF/Vladimir Salman and Vincent van Gogh/Wikimedia Commons A man and his muse: Vincent van Gogh's 'Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe'.

Just because we're stuck at home and can't visit any museums or galleries in person doesn’t have to mean that we ignore artistic pursuits altogether — and the famous J Paul Getty museum in California has given us all a fabulous reason to reacquaint ourselves with the art we love.

The Getty museum issued a unique challenge to art lovers everywhere via Twitter. They invited them to recreate a work of art using the objects — and people — they had lying around the house, and to share the results on social media.

Needless to say, people’s interpretations have been hysterically funny, ranging from the meticulously detailed to the charmingly half-assed.

We'd like nothing more than for this trend to catch on locally, so why not give it a go? Here are some our favourite recreations for inspiration:

This creepy take on Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist (1903) — dirty laundry and old Halloween castoffs have never looked more creative:

Turns out you really did need ALL that toilet paper — for a rendering of Christo (Javacheff’s) Wrapped Cans (1959):

This woman and her dog being a terracotta jug — were all the human options taken?

This pair taking imitating the biblical jaw-dropper Salome with the Head of John the Baptist — it’s almost as good as the real thing:

And you thought you wouldn’t get a chance to use your canoe during lockdown: Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shallot (1888), now with cardiovascular perks.

From gripping series to watch, to fun crafts to do with your children, we'll be adding a new activity to our “Life in Lockdown” series every day. Keep an eye on for tomorrow's instalment.