COVID-19 closures in the art world


Cultural institutions in East Asia have started to reopen as the spread of COVID-19 slows.

As the spread of COVID-19 slows in some East Asian countries, cultural institutions and galleries are cautiously reopening their spaces and considering relaunching their public programming. Read more.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art expects to lose $ 100 million and remain closed until July.

The Metropolitan Art Museumpredicted $ 100 million in losses resulting from the museum’s closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a letter sent to department heads on Wednesday. The institution, which closed last week after two employees show symptoms of the virus, may not reopen until July. Read more.

March 18

Frieze canceled its New York Fair as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened.

The 2020 edition of Frieze The New York Art Fair, originally scheduled for May 6-10, has been canceled due to the rapidly worsening COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday, officials in New York valued the state’s case count will likely continue to rise for another 45 days (or until May 1). On Wednesday, as the extended pandemic schedule becomes clearer, show organizers announced that the 2020 edition of Frieze New York has been canceled. Its public art component, Frieze Sculpture, will take place at Rockefeller Center at an as yet undetermined time in the summer. The show is also currently developing an online viewing room platform. Read more.

the 17th of March

Sotheby’s has postponed many upcoming auctions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sotheby’s has updated its spring auction calendar and closed the majority of its offices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight auctions have been postponed, including the Hong Kong spring sales and a series of Paris auctions initially scheduled for late April, while 17 will still go ahead as planned. Most of the current sales are either online or based in London; the design sale, slated for March 31, will take place in New York as scheduled. Sotheby’s London office will also remain open to the public and its Hong Kong office will be open by appointment, but the auction house’s offices in Dubai, Geneva, Milan, New York, Paris and Zurich are all closed. until further notice. Read more.

Tate Museums have closed to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

theTateThe Museums Cluster – the UK’s largest conglomerate of arts institutions comprising Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives – is shutting down until at least May 1 due to the pandemic global COVID-19. Tate’s Trustees and Director, Maria Balshaw, have decided to close “for the welfare of all of our visitors and staff.” Read more.

March 16

The highly anticipated Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition in London has been postponed due to COVID-19.

that of London national gallery has decided to postpone its next exhibition due to heightened fears surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for April 4, this will be the first-ever major British exhibition of the baroque mastery job. According to The arts journal, Gallery staff stressed that the exhibition would take place, but said that “due to the rapidly changing world situation, we cannot currently give a specific date.” Read more.

Christie’s and Phillips have postponed their next auctions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christie’s and Phillips have indefinitely postponed the majority of their next spring sales in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sotheby’s, meanwhile, has yet to announce its intention to close any of its galleries, sales rooms and offices, or reschedule any of its auctions. Read more.

March 13

The Art Brussels and Art Cologne fairs have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next editions of Art Brussels and Art Cologne have been postponed due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. The two fairs were initially to take place simultaneously, from April 23 to 26; Art Brussels was repulsed from June 25 to 28, while Art Cologne will take place from November 19 to 22. In Brazil, the next edition of Sparta, which will take place from April 1 to 5, was suspended without date of reopening. Read more.

Museums in New York, Boston and Washington, DC have closed en masse to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Some of New York’s largest and most renowned cultural institutions have announced they will temporarily close to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Museum closures, including Metropolitan Art Museum, modern Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim museum, Brooklyn museum, Queen’s Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New Museum, Frick Collection, Jewish museum, The Shed and others – came after cities in Europe and others around the world canceled their regular programming. Read more.

12th of March

The Metropolitan Museum will close after two employees show symptoms of COVID-19.

that of New York Metropolitan Art Museum will temporarily close its three locations – The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters – from late in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in New York City. The museum did not announce the end of the closure, but said it was planning to “undertake a deep clean-up” and would announce other plans. Read more.

Paris Photo New York and the Dallas Art Fair have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The inaugural edition of Paris Photo New York The show has been postponed due to growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The fair, originally scheduled for April 2 at Pier 94 in Manhattan, will take place at a later date, yet to be determined. the Dallas Art Fair has also postponed its 2020 edition, initially scheduled for April 16 to 19. The 12th edition of the Texan show will now take place from October 1 to 4. Read more.

After canceling its Hong Kong fair due to COVID-19, Art Basel will host virtual booths for 231 galleries.

Art Basel in Hong Kong was one of the first major events in the art world canceled as the COVID-19 epidemic worsened last month. The organizers of the fair said later they would offer exhibitors the opportunity to present the works they intended to bring to Art Basel in Hong Kong for free through new online viewing rooms. Art Basel announced the 231 dealers who accepted this offer. All works in the fair’s online viewing rooms will be listed with a specific price or price range – their total value exceeds $ 250 million, according to Art Basel. Read more.

March 11

The TEFAF Maastricht fair closed early after an exhibitor tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 2020 edition of TEFAF Maastricht The art fair, which opened to VIPs on March 5 and to the general public on March 7, will close four days before its scheduled conclusion amid growing fears about the COVID-19 outbreak. The Dutch art fair made the decision in consultation with the city of Maastricht, the venue MECC Maastricht and the local health authorities, and after being revealed that an exhibitor who attended the fair last week subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Read more and hear from people on the ground.

March 9

Italy has closed all state-run museums and cultural sites as coronavirus cases increase.

The Italian government has decided to close all public museums and cultural sites in the country, from the archaeological complex of Pompeii to the institution hosting one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year. The nationwide shutdown is expected to last until April 3. Read more.

March 4

The Louvre reopened after it closed due to staff concerns about the coronavirus.

The Louvre has reopened following conversations between museum management, union officials, staff and the Ministry of Health, after concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak forced the Paris museum to To close for 2 days. Read more.

3rd of March

Art Dubai has postponed its 2020 show due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Art Dubai has announced that the 14th edition of the art fair, which was scheduled to take place March 25-28, will be postponed due to growing concerns over the coronavirus. Instead, the event will adopt a new format and focus on hosting a smaller range of events and exhibitions focused on the local art scene. Read more.

Despite the abandonment of three galleries due to the coronavirus, the TEFAF Maastricht fair will proceed as planned.

The 33rd edition of the TEFAF Maastricht art fair will still open as planned, but several exhibitors have dropped out for fear of coronavirus. The fair’s decision to continue comes amid heightened tension over how the international art market will handle the spread of the disease. Read more.

March 2

The Louvre has closed due to staff concerns about the coronavirus.

The staff of the Louver, the most visited museum in the world, has voted for the institution’s doors to be closed indefinitely as fears surrounding the coronavirus continue to rise. Read more.

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