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View the latest art pieces and installations through these virtual exhibitions. Source: Spencer Platt North America /AFP

Do you miss idle walks alongside walls laced with paintings?

And days spent browsing the latest art installations at your local galleries?

If so, these free, virtual exhibitions aim to fill your artistic void:

Chinatown Heritage Centre, Singapore

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Beat the crowds with virtual exhibitions. Source: Spencer Platt North America /AFP

Step back in history and travel to Singapore through your screen.

Chinatown Heritage Centre is a restored three-storey shophouse that features stories of Singapore’s past.

The virtual exhibition is a 360-degree tour that lets you zoom into old photographs and high-resolution images of the shop’s corners.

You can even view this exhibition through VR goggles if you have one. All you need to do is click on the goggle icon at the bottom of the exhibition’s screen and select a specific VR mode.

This virtual experience is also an informative, cultural escape if you had to cancel your travel plans this year.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea

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Missing out on your favourite arts events this year? Check out exhibitions online. Source: Spencer Platt North America/AFP

You often need to book a National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art tour ahead of time to secure a spot.

With this virtual experience supplied by Google Arts & Culture, however, the tour runs on your schedule.

There are currently four virtual exhibitions presently running for this museum: 

Each aims to give you a unique insight into the world of South Korean art and prepare you for future visits once COVID travel restrictions get lifted.

The Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands

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View artistic masterpieces without moving from your screen. Source: Spencer Platt North America /AFP

Fancy taking a trip to witness the artistic wonders of Amsterdam? If so, The Rijksmuseum has a virtual exhibition for you to view.

Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, there are eleven exhibits to see.

For instance, you can sit back and admire The Night Watch (1642) by Rembrandt van Rijn. It’s one of the most famous paintings in the world, and Google has made it possible to view this art piece up close.

Alternatively, you can find out more about Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). This exhibition will take you through Vermeer’s most celebrated pieces and give you plenty of background knowledge of his life and work.

Hauser & Wirth Menorca, Spain

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Virtual reality enables you to view art sculptures from the comfort of your home. Source: Spencer Platt North America /AFP

The Hauser & Wirth Menorca arts centre plans to open in Isla del Rey in 2021.

Until then, you can transport yourself to sunny Menorca and the centre’s artistic masterpieces in a click of a button through this virtual exhibition.

For now, Hauser & Wirth Menorca has hung a selection of art pieces on the bare centre walls. Yet they plan to feature ambitious new commissions and exhibitions by gallery artists across all media forms. 

And who knows? If you keep sharpening your art and design skills, maybe you’ll see one of your pieces there in real life or on the virtual tour.

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