The National Gallery of Victoriam, Melbourne has made its collection and exhibitions available online for virtual visitors after closing amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The gallery is among a number of cultural institutions acrossAustralia that have closed and are under lockdown for at least one month as fears of the COVID-19 spread rise.
The NGV closure has been in in effect from March 16, and will remain closed to the public until April 13.
Despite the closure, NGV remains keen on inciting visitorship in the form of virtual tours.
One of the digitally translated presentations is the “Collecting Comme” survey on iconic Japanese fashion designer, Rei Kawakubo.
Collecting Comme examines theradical design methodsand concepts that havedistinguished Rei Kawakuboas an icon of unconventional creativity, since 1981.
The exhibition features more than 65 examples drawn from the NGV’s significant Comme des Garçons holdings, selected from over 40 collections.
The pieces included within this exhibition were gifted as donations to NGV by Takamasa Takahashi.
Thirteen works designed bytwo of Kawakubo’s protégés, Junya Watanabe and Tao Kurihara are also included in theexhibit.
Throughout her career, Kawakubo challenged gender-based clothing through her experimentation of silhouettes, fabrics, and garment functions.
”I would like for people to look at Kawakubo’s work with an open mind: to question what they are looking at and consider the story behind the creation of the garment,”Takahashi said ina statement.
The gallery has created a free clickable 3D virtual tour of “Collecting Comme”on their website, offering an online tour of the fashion design exhibition.