Shanghai Art Fair closed by positive Covid test – ARTnews.com

Despite China’s relative easing of tough Covid restrictions on Friday, Shanghai contemporary art fair Art021 temporarily closed after a single security guard tested positive for the virus, according to The Arts Journal. The fair had only been open for a day.

“In view of the current epidemic prevention and control situation, in order to effectively protect the health and safety of exhibitors, it has been decided to suspend the ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair after consultation with relevant parties. “, said the organizers of ART021 in a press release. statement.

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The closure should come as no surprise. China has adopted a zero-tolerance attitude towards Covid which, according to the New York Times, has led to multiple closures and widespread food shortages. The strict policies and sudden end of the fair left some art dealers worried about the long-term effects on the city’s art market.

“It shouldn’t be a big deal, but the government is still so stupid about these Covid prevention measures,” said one dealer, who wished to remain anonymous. The arts journal.

Images of panicked visitors leaving the fair and pandemic workers wearing head-to-toe hazmat suits disinfecting the fair went viral on WeChat, China’s leading messaging and social media platform.

Exhibitors are concerned that sanitization teams will damage sensitive artworks, as they have only been given a thin roll of plastic wrap and relatively little time to protect the works before sanitization begins.

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