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Shuttered Museums Are Sending Each Other Bouquets From Art History to Help Spread Beauty and Love

Flower Still Life Paintings

Left: Jan Brueghel the Elder, “Bouquet,” 1599 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]) |
Right: Stock Photos from Pavel Mozharov/Shutterstock

While people around the world are practicing social distancing (aka physical distancing) and spending more time at home, museums are finding more ways of spreading beauty online. Since many famous institutions are currently closed to the public, coveted collections and exhibitions are now available to view through free virtual tours. Additionally, museums from around the globe recently began sending each other flower bouquets to encourage messages of positivity and support. Of course, these aren't your ordinary, physical floral arrangements. They're images of flowers depicted throughout art history—in paintings, drawings, renderings, and more.

The spring-inspired Twitter trend began with the New-York Historical Society and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. They tagged two fellow museums in tweets that featured historical still-life paintings of flowers with the hashtag #MuseumBouquet. This kind gesture was returned by the recipients with more flower-themed artwork, and soon over 300 museums were participating in the impromptu celebration. Art from dozens of different styles, time periods, and movements were shared—all united by the uplifting botanical theme. Featured among the eclectic thread is artwork by Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, to name only a few.

Thanks to the #MuseumBouquet Twitter trend, people's feeds were suddenly filled with beautiful depictions of flowers, spreading much-needed loveliness around the world.

Museums around the world are sharing “bouquets” with one another to celebrate spring together even though their doors are currently closed.

h/t: [Design You Trust]

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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