Alhamra moves online for a virtual art experience

As the pandemic restricts movement, Alhamra Museum moves online to offer a virtual experience of appreciating art in the safety of one’s home

As the pandemic restricts people from mobility especially in enclosed spaces, The Lahore Arts Council (LHC) has brought forth a new way to enjoy art from home. The visual art collection on display at the Alhamra Art Museum located at Alhamra Cultural Complex Qaddafi Stadium has been put up on its website.

The collection includes 326 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs, by 118 masters and internationally renowned artists besides the pieces of contemporary art.

According to LAC executive director, Saman Rai, visual art lovers now have a way to admire the artworks online, without a risk of contracting the virus.

“This step has been taken owing to the Covid-19 pandemic so that art lovers can enjoy these artworks while sitting at home,” she adds.

The Alhamra Art Museum, formerly known as Permanent Art Gallery, was founded in 1996 and houses the artworks of numerous leading visual artists such as Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Ustad Allah Bux, Sadequain, Shakir Ali, S Safdar, Hanif Ramay, Collin David, Aslam Kamal, Anna Molka Ahmed, and Anwar Jalal Shemza.

The museum is also the only place in Punjab that exhibits the artworks of masters and contemporary artists for students, scholars, researchers, and tourists.

According to Ms. Rai, the museum offers a virtual tour for the public, including students, as it aims to educate, inspire, empower, and shape future artists.

“In the view of Covid-19, the LAC’s mission is to deliver education through well-curated virtual tours of the Alhamra Art Museum. The collection of the art museum is for those students who are looking for ways to stay on top of their studies while the schools are closed,” she says.

She mentioned that the world’s top museums are sharing virtual tours for students who are staying at home on their social media.

Source: Dawn

Author: Wardah Javaid