YouTube is not only the largest video repository on the web, but also the second-largest search engine. It is also a platform that all the highly visited art museums use to engage further with their audience. Art museum YouTube channels are a great resource to get further insight into their collections and exhibitions, and explore a range of educational content.
As the world is battling COVID-19, the majority of art institutions have been forced to temporarily close their doors. But you can still stay in touch with art online, whether taking virtual museum tours or browsing their collections through Google Arts & Culture project. For more video content, we have gathered a list of best art museum YouTube channels to explore. Enjoy!
Featured image: Los Angeles County Museum of Art YouTube Channel.
Contributing to the understanding of the importance of culture and the arts, the LOUISIANA CHANNEL by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a wide-ranging Internet platform where you can meet the personalities and trends that are defining the global artistic and cultural scene. An extension of the museum's activities, but also going beyond that, the channel hosts videos on art, literature, music, design and architecture as well as interviews with over 400 artists.
The YouTube Channel of the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers everything from exhibition previews and stories about their collection and conservation efforts to curator talks, artists’ interviews and performances. Covering a wide range of art forms, it includes a selection of videos focused on fashion collections at the Met, collections and activities of the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Cloisters, and the Met Breuer. You can also browse different sections, such as Met Exhibitions, Artists on Art, Conserving Art at the Met and Met Collects.
A museum representing the world's diverse artistic traditions for the inspiration and education of the public, The Art Institute of Chicago offers a range of educational content on their YouTube Channel. You can browse through a range of playlists, including Lectures and Symposia, Exhibitions, Conservation, and learn more about Gauguin's alchemy, bronzes of Chinese emperors or Manet and modern beauty.
One of the world's leading centres for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture, The Courtauld Institute of Art houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections. Through their YouTube Channel, you can listen to short courses on art and professorial lectures, dive deep into their past and present exhibitions, listen to artist's interviews, and much more.
The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum comprises Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art from the Neolithic to Late Antiquity; European art from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century; and international photography from its inception to the present day. On their YouTube Channel, the museum shares a selection of videos about the collection, art-making techniques, conservation projects, exhibitions, and related programming. Through their playlists, you can explore key cities of the Byzantine empire, learn more about Jackson Pollock's mural or about photographic processes.
On the official YouTube Channel of the National Gallery in London, one can discover the stories behind the world’s greatest paintings and artists from the 13th to early 20th centuries. Enjoy interviews with leading art experts, live recordings of talks and events, and insights into our latest exhibitions. The playlists include Art History in 10 Minutes, Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece, Monochrome: Painting in Black and White, and much more.
The first museum on West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has always been championing the most innovative and challenging art of its time.
Their YouTube Channel is a premier destination for videos about modern and contemporary art. You can start with their SFMOMA Shorts, featuring insight directly from the artists, but also check out the Art Is... and Artists Love... exclusive series and see artist interviews for work that's on view at the museum right now in the Current Exhibitions section.
The Guggenheim Museum is a place where radical art and architecture meet.
Their YouTube Channel offers videos about art and artists from around the world and allows the visitors to go behind-the-scenes. You can browse their latest exhibitions, such as Simone Leigh, Hilma af Klimt, One Hand Clapping or Giacometti, or explore their programs and education initiatives, such as performances and activations, artist talks and much more.
With a permanent collection of more than 150,000 artworks spanning millennia, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the premier encyclopedic art museum in the Western United States.
Their YouTube Channel offers highlights from their collections and programs. You can explore the exhibition archive, take a look into their galleries, listen to the director's series, learn more about conservation efforts, and much more.
Through their YouTube Channel, Tate aims to increase the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art. You can browse through weekly videos about art and artists from around the world, including interviews with artists, exhibition previews, celebrity art fans, live performance art and more.
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