Self-Isolating Couple Build Tiny Art Museum For Their Pet GerbilsAdd to Lightbox Download
An art-loving couple who are self-isolating in London have created a miniature art gallery for their pet gerbils.
9-month-old brothers Pandoro and Tiramisù were met with a special surprise when their owners Filippo Lorenzin, an independent curator who works at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and his girlfriend, artist Marianna Benetti, unveiled a DIY miniature museum - the product of four hours of labour during the couple’s 14th day of quarantine.
The little gallery features four exquisite paintings modelled on famous masterpieces.
Versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, all rendered in Benetti’s expert hand, grace the museum’s walls.
Each, of course, comes with its own animalistic twist, subbing in a rodent where a human might otherwise feature - tailored, perhaps, to the VIP pint-sized patrons.
Johannes Vermeer’s The Girl With the Pearl Earring, for instance, is re-imagined as The Gerbil With the Pearl Earring.
Each parody is finished off with a clean cardboard frame and a wall label featuring a QR code.
Speaking to Bored Panda, Filippo said: "We visit museums and galleries whenever we can. We are interested in the artworks as much as in the way these are displayed.
"Are the QR codes to engage the public working? How comfortable are the gallery stools? Is there any audio guide? etc.
"When Marianna suggested to make a sort of doll house for our beloved gerbils as pastime for a lazy Sunday spent locked at home, I suggested to make a small art gallery. She is very good at painting and it was a nice opportunity to keep us busy with a fun project."
According to Filippo, the gerbils love the gallery.
"They seemed interested in everything but the paintings, which made us laugh," he said.
"They explored the space interacting with the stool, the signs and the benches instead."
Filippo and Marianna have been blown away with the reaction to the project on social media and are open to
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