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Follow Peter Blake on his armchair Instagram travels to secret locations

Peter Blake, Joseph Cornell’s Holiday – Russia, Moscow Image courtesy of Peter Blake and Waddington Custot.

We'll all need to get away—in our heads at least—during the coronavirus crisis, especially as more and more countries lockdown (Boris Johnson finally brought in stricter curbs to fight the virus in the UK). Waddington Custot gallery in London should help boost our wanderlust by posting weekly on Instagram (@waddingtoncustot) a series of collages by pop art supremo Peter Blake which take the notoriously reclusive US Surrealist Joseph Cornell (1903-72) around the world, placing him in celebrated locations. Followers have to guess where Cornell might be—is it Piazza San Marco in Venice, Moscow, Bergen or Vienna? Cornell lived a solitary life, rarely leaving New York where he looked after his mother and his younger brother Robert who suffered from cerebral palsy, but Blake takes him to places he couldn't travel to during his lifetime. The Blake's Escapes series kicked off last weekend with a fetching picture of Red Square in Moscow (an easy one to kick off the Cornell/Blake venture). Keep checking Instagram for further instalments.