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Clothing the Pandemic

December 24 2021
Clothing the Pandemic. A Virtual Exhibition of COVID-19 Face Masks from Around the World. 

This research and digital exhibition project aims to document and contextualize the use of facemasks during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020-21. Facemasks have become the iconic object and symbol of the pandemic representing humanity’s resilience, community and unity during this global tragedy. The project connects international museums and curators working on this topic, and connect their collections virtually to a global public.

This project is granted by the ‘Solidarity CFP’ launched by ICOM for 2021. Along with ICOM COSTUME, ICOM-CC, ICME and ICOM Canada have been working on the project.


Image credit : Hidden Van der Helst III, based on a Portrait of Adriana Jacobusdr Hinlopen by Lodewijk van der Helst, 1667, The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Photocollage Volker Hermes, 2020, Courtesy of the artist.