The Mona Lisa cradles toilet paper rolls in work featured in the Covid Art Museum

Digital art gallery from European trio is a font of crisis-fueled creativity

Published On
Apr 21, 2020

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As tragic as the coronavirus pandemic has been, it’s also provided tremendous fuel for creativity, as seen in the loads of personal projects that have emerged since the crisis began. About a month ago, three advertising creatives created the Covid Art Museum (CAM) on Instagram to highlight the art being made during this time of social distancing and global togetherness.  

The digital museum @covidartmusuem houses drawings, graphics, paintings, street art, animations, photography and collages from around the world, all crafted since the pandemic began.  One piece from artist Karen Cantuq (@karencantuq) featured above, depicts the Mona Lisa cradling rolls of toilet paper.

The museum was conceived by Irene Llorca and Emma Calvo, art directors at Honest Barcelona, and José Guerrero, a freelance art director. They "opened its doors" on March 19 and so far have curated about 270 works. Pitches are being accepted on Instagram with the hashtag #CovidArtMuseum, and the museum's founders are currently seeing more than 100 submissions every day from around the globe. The account has generated 1.4 million impressions to date.

“We want to give visibility to all the confined artists who are taking advantage of these times of isolation and reflection to create art,” says Llorca. “Our goal is to create an archive on Covid Art, and in the future, everyone interested will be able to know how artists expressed themselves during this time.”

Llorca says the effort could translate into artists getting noticed for their work if they’re struggling during this time. “The Covid Art Museum is a window to the world, a showcase for many artists," she says. "It is possible that collaborations or work proposals will be born, who knows? Especially, at a time like this when practically everything has to happen in the digital world.”

See more of the Covid Art Museum works below:

A couple wearing masks lock (protected) lips in art from independent creative director Donna Adi @donna_adi.



Italian musicians play tunes from their balconies in an illustration from artist Pascal Campion @pascalcampionart.


The Sistine Chapel’s God and Adam reach out towards a pump of hand sanitizer in a piece from illustrator Melyssa Amann @mel.artanddesign.


A woman’s eyes become faucets that she uses to wash her hands in art from graphic designer Henn Kim @henn_kim.



German animator Oliver Latta shared this surreal film of a man bursting from the back of another's head, in a Harry Potter-film reminiscent move. 





Apr 21, 2020
Creative :
Irene Llorca
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Emma Calvo
José Guerrero

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