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    Lockdown treat: gerbils get their own art museum

    Had they been human, one would have said that they had won the Lotto. But when two gerbils were recently given their own art museum they did not appear overly impressed…

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    The gerbils’ owners, Maria Benetti and Filippo Lorenzin, have spent part of lockdown building and stocking the miniature art museum for the gerbils. Benetti is an artist, and Lorenzin works for the Victoria and Albert Museum, and so they were admirably equipped to do this.

    Lorenzin posted photos on Twitter showing how the museum took shape, cardboard wall by cardboard wall. Great attention was paid to detail. Some gerbil-sized stools were made for the museum, should the gerbils ever get tired of running around. Miniature reproductions of famous artworks adorn the walls. On show are Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (which was renamed Gerbil with a Pearl Earring) and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Care was taken to paint gerbil faces instead of the human faces as this is, after all, a museum for gerbils.

    The official opening of the museum was videotaped and loaded onto Reddit. It has been enjoyed hugely by that site’s users. As for the gerbils, after watching the video one can’t help but think that they’re not art addicts. They looked at the work on show, yes, but then headed straight for the custom-made furniture, and started chewing it.


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