To continue celebrating International Museum Day 2020, we are looking at individual artworks that inspire or celebrate social change.

Here are a few privately owned pieces on our platform:

"The Voice of Freedom - Nelson Mandela" by Beverley-Jane Stewart

(c) Beverley-Jane Stewart

The artist wanted to capture a momentous time in history. Stewart implemented vibrancy in colour, movement and perspective to encapsulate energy, optimism and the feeling of freedom that Mandela represented. This celebratory scene taking place on the 11th June 1988 at the Wembley Stadium, to celebrate his release from prison, in London demonstrates Stewart’s artistic credentials in her ability to bring a picture to life in a playful manner.The vivacious depiction embodies the significance of equality, achievement, liberty and individuality.

"The very same" by Lin Tianmiao

(c) Lin Tianmiao

“All animals, no matter how small, have roughly the same number of bones as the most massive of animals. The complexity and intricacy of the skeleton does not decrease with size.” - Lin Tianmiao Lin's most recent series, The Same, explores the concept of equality - things may look the same from a distance but as you get closer, everything could be different. Against a cavernous monochromatic setting, hundreds of objects in various shapes and sizes (eg. miniature tools, animal skeletons and bones), hand-painted in bright colours, are grafted together with silk threads to create a visually stunning new world. The Very Same is a celebration of gold, the universal symbol for wealth and opulence. But the dazzling splendour goes far beyond visual stimulation - on the contrary, it is a provocative display of the underlying human fragility in modern-day life.

"Why She Blue" by Michał Jackowski

(c) Michał Jackowski

What sort of man are you? How do you perceive a woman? Do you fully accept her complexity?Apart from her breasts can you also see her personality and spirituality? Do you find those values important? Or do you only see small fragments, like thought bubbles in a comic book? Have you ever put your eyes on a single body part, and judged it without realising that it belongs to a someone? Are you willing to give? Can you see a woman, rather than only looking at her?

Have you ever dreamed about a body part without thinking about the woman as a whole? Have you been taught that such thinking is correct and approved of? Does that make you feel heartbroken? Or perhaps confused and torn apart? What relationship do you have with women? Can you engage in them responsibly? Are you willing to give? Can you see a woman, beyond merely looking at her?

Gold just us #7" by Glenn Ligon

(c) Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon is an American conceptual artist whose work explores race, language, desire, sexuality, and identity. He is known as one of the first artists to formulate "post-blackness". In show curated by Thelma Golden at the Studio Museum in Harlem, she defined post-black art as that which includes artists who are “adamant about not being labeled ‘black’ artists, though their work was steeped, in fact deeply interested, in redefining complex notions of blackness.”

Untitled by Fred W. McDarrah

(c) Fred W. McDarrah

Lucy Koisar, VP of the National Organization for Women, being led away from the Women's Strike for Equality March at City Hall.

All of these works are coming from private collections around the world. Curators organising non-selling museum exhibitions can contact them for exhibition loans via Vastari.

Happy International Museum Day!