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This Couple Made A Tiny Art Gallery For Their Gerbils And It Is Perfection – BuzzFeed News

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Filippo Lorenzin

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A couple of art lovers have filled many hearts with joy after creating a tiny, perfect art gallery for their pet gerbils.

Filippo Lorenzin and his girlfriend, Marianna, both 30, are an Italian couple living in London. Lorenzin works for the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, but, like so many other cultural institutions, the museum is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now stuck at home, Lorenzin brought in a little culture for Pandoro and Tiramisù, the couple’s 9-month-old gerbil brothers, with a teensy gallery exhibit.

As people who love a good art exhibition, Lorenzin knew exactly what he wanted.

“We tend to spend a lot of time enjoying not just the works but also the quality of the display props — gallery assistants’ stools, wall labels, QR codes to engage with the visitors, etc.,” he told BuzzFeed News.

“When we planned this small gallery, we enjoyed very much to make teeny-tiny versions of these.”

They started with some basic gallery accessories, like tiny benches.


Filippo Lorenzin

And tiny labels for the art, including little QR codes.


Filippo Lorenzin

For the art, they really put some work in.

“Initially we wanted to remake less famous paintings, but then we thought it would have been fun to play with how famous and recognizable some artworks are,” said Lorenzin.

In the end, they selected four classics: “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer, “The Scream” by Edvard Munch, “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt, and the “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci. All with a gerbil twist, of course.

The paintings in detail, only for real art connoisseurs. Monna Lisa and The Scream by me and the best ones, “Gerbil with a Pearl Earring” and “The Kiss”, by my better half @maryluna89

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The detail!

It took four hours of work to put it all together, but the results speak for themselves.


Filippo Lorenzin

Pandoro and Tiramisù weren’t very polite gallery guests, though.


Filippo Lorenzin

They completely ignored the “please don’t chew” sign.


Filippo Lorenzin

And paid more attention to the furniture and information than the art.

Here’s a video of them literally chewing the scenery.

Lorenzin shared all their work in a Twitter thread and on Reddit, where the gerbils’ big day has been bringing smiles to other people stuck at home.

“It is very pleasant. What started as a pastime for a lazy Sunday spent locked in our flat became one of the most surreal experiences we ever had,” said Lorenzin.

One person on Reddit even wrote them a poem:

we gerbil frens, so richly blessed –

this gallery we love the Best!

our wonderment it never ceases

surrounded here by mouseterpieces!

famouse paintings grace the wall –

we scoot around n have a ball

classic mousic fills the air,

such inspiration Everywhere!

is hard to pick a fave, we muse….

but then –

this little stand

we chews😉 🙂

❤️

“We hope this will put a smile to some and make them remember a good time they spent in a museum,” said Lorenzin. “Remember to support your museums!”

You can find more of Pandoro and Tiramisù on Instagram.

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Senior art now being showcased by Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove – Spruce Grove Examiner

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Their online show began Monday and is set to conclude June 12.

Elementum l by Suzan Berwald.

The Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove knows seniors can create and intends to showcase that in their current exhibition.

To coincide with the province’s Seniors Week, which runs from June 1-7, the organization which oversees the art gallery within the public library in the city is running a 2020 Open Online Seniors Competition and Show. It began Monday, is set to conclude June 12, and, similar to other shows they have done during the COVID-19 pandemic, will see the variety of work ranging from paintings to drawings to 3D pieces and photographs posted on their websites and individually on social media feeds across Facebook and even through Instagram as well.

“We do have quite a few local people,” gallery manager Rebecca New said. “The show has always been Alberta-wide and we will have a judge who will score the pieces before we announce results Saturday in a Zoom call. People will see with this how talented local artists are and how accessible local art is. We hope that people will choose local art for their homes and it is an excellent level of work that we are seeing.”

New and the Allied Arts Council’s peers at the Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain have been running a version of digital shows during this time as well. They are debating whether to continue on with online offerings as seriously as they have now once they reopen and, for New, in the wake of this show and others they are doing, that is something the Spruce Grove Art Gallery will end up debating, too.

“I think having a digital presence is something that this will eventually shift to,” she said. “Whether or not we still have digital entries to contests, we are not sure how we will proceed with that. We are talking through a lot of options for the future that lies ahead of us.”

More information about the current show and future events can be found on the council’s website.

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Grimes is selling a piece of her ‘soul’ at an art exhibit. SÆriously. – Globalnews.ca

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FOR SALE: One soul piece, slightly used. About 32 years old. Speaks and sings in English and made-up languages. May or may not have belonged to Elon Musk. Name your price. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY.

Grimes is offering up a little part of herself at her very first art gallery show, an online exhibition called Selling Out which features several of her artistic works — and one piece of her supposed “soul.”


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The Canadian-born singer, whose real name is Claire Elise Boucher, opened her online art show on Thursday, less than a month after giving birth to her first child, X Æ A-12 X Æ A-Xii Musk. The exhibition is presented by the Gallery Platform Los Angeles and Maccarone Los Angeles, and it features various “rarities” from her career, including album art, a poem about artificial intelligence and some of Grimes paintings.

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Oh, and a piece of her soul.

Selling Out is executed as a contract in which Grimes sells a fraction of her soul, formalizing the idea that every time an artist sells a piece of their art, part of the soul is sold with it,” the online exhibit says. “The purchaser will enter into a contractual agreement that outlines the terms of ownership and ultimately the connection to the joy of artistic expression.”

It’s unclear what that contractual agreement includes, or whether it restricts the buyer from doing certain things with the soul, such as playing soldiers with it.


A supposed image of Grimes‘ soul is shown.


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Grimes initially planned to put a US$10-million price tag on her soul, Rolling Stone reports. However, she ultimately decided to go with whoever makes the best offer.

That means Grimes’ soul could be yours — if you want it. You just have to shoot the art gallery an email to make your pitch.


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Grimes told Bloomberg that she’s excited to put on her first visual art show, after honing her skills by making all of her album covers herself.

“I see myself as a visual artist first and foremost,” she said. “I’ve always felt strange that people know me for music.”

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‘WarNymph Prototype #1: Battle of the WarNymphs,’ by Grimes, is show in this image from Maccarone Los Angeles.

‘WarNymph Prototype #1: Battle of the WarNymphs,’ by Grimes, is show in this image from Maccarone Los Angeles.


Grimes via Maccarone Los Angeles

She describes her artistic style as “edgy-looking, anime horror,” although she wanted to go for something more “philosophical” with selling a piece of her soul.

“The idea of fantastical art in the form of legal documents just seems very intriguing to me.”

Grimes supposedly tapped into her artistic talents to come up with X Æ A-12, the name she and Musk gave their first child after he was born earlier this month. Musk told podcaster Joe Rogan that the name was largely Grimes’ idea.

“Yeah, she’s great with names,” Musk said.

The couple later changed the “12” to Roman numerals to conform with California naming laws.


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Grimes’ artwork is being sold for between $500 and $15,000, depending on the piece.

The online exhibit is open now, and it runs until Aug. 31 at Maccarone Los Angeles.

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Senior art now being showcased by Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove – Goderich Signal Star

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Their online show began Monday and is set to conclude June 12.

Elementum l by Suzan Berwald.

The Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove knows seniors can create and intends to showcase that in their current exhibition.

To coincide with the province’s Seniors Week, which runs from June 1-7, the organization which oversees the art gallery within the public library in the city is running a 2020 Open Online Seniors Competition and Show. It began Monday, is set to conclude June 12, and, similar to other shows they have done during the COVID-19 pandemic, will see the variety of work ranging from paintings to drawings to 3D pieces and photographs posted on their websites and individually on social media feeds across Facebook and even through Instagram as well.

“We do have quite a few local people,” gallery manager Rebecca New said. “The show has always been Alberta-wide and we will have a judge who will score the pieces before we announce results Saturday in a Zoom call. People will see with this how talented local artists are and how accessible local art is. We hope that people will choose local art for their homes and it is an excellent level of work that we are seeing.”

New and the Allied Arts Council’s peers at the Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain have been running a version of digital shows during this time as well. They are debating whether to continue on with online offerings as seriously as they have now once they reopen and, for New, in the wake of this show and others they are doing, that is something the Spruce Grove Art Gallery will end up debating, too.

“I think having a digital presence is something that this will eventually shift to,” she said. “Whether or not we still have digital entries to contests, we are not sure how we will proceed with that. We are talking through a lot of options for the future that lies ahead of us.”

More information about the current show and future events can be found on the council’s website.

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