Bored Quarantined Couple Made A Tiny Museum For Their Gerbils

With most of the world locked inside their homes until we get a handle on the global pandemic, there are a lot of people who are finding themselves with lots of time on their hands. Personally, I’m trying to make the most of my quarantine by getting around to all the writing projects that I’ve not had time for. Other people are trying to learn a new language or take up a hobby they’ve always wanted to try. There are also people who are spending lots of time in their gardens or finally organizing their homes. Either way, we’re all doing our best to keep busy and occupied.

But some people are getting extremely creative in the way they handle their boredom, and for the rest of us, the results are quite entertaining – particularly when pets are involved. Thanks to social media, we’ve been exposed to the most adorable viral art gallery ever, and it involves pet gerbils! Cue the squeals of delight.

The Art Newspaper reported the project, which was thought up by an independent curator, and employee for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Filippo Lorenzin.

Lorenzin and his partner were inspired to create their own miniature art gallery for their pet gerbils, and their hard work really paid off – the results were absolutely adorable! Needless to say, the tweets were a big hit, since many of the works of art inside the “gallery” are gerbil parodies of real works of art. There are some famous works like “Il Gerbilio con L’orrechino di Perla,” which is, of course, a parody of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”

Lorenzin commented on the art project, saying, “It was fun to play around with the white cube aesthetics and the raw energy of our gerbils […] We hope this will make people who are stuck at home recall good memories in museums and encourage them to support institutions in such uncertain times.”

We can only imagine that this level of creativity must’ve been a lot of fun to play around with. Given that there are a lot of people stuck inside who are looking to take on creative art projects, we hope that this only serves as an inspiration to do more fun stuff. Hopefully someone will come up with a gerbil’s night at the opera or something.

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Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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