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Coronavirus: the impact on Art Events.

In France, the museums and cultural sites will soon close their doors, following the announcement of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Friday 13 March, banning gatherings of more than 100 people across the country. All the structures of the ministry are invited to refocus their activity around their essential functions, which can go as far as closing the structure to the public, confirms the message sent by the ministry to public establishments. The Musée d'Orsay, the Musée du Louvre and the Center Pompidou-Metz have already announced that they are interrupting their services until further notice. The Jacquemart-André museum decreed for its part that access to temporary exhibition halls would be limited to visitors who have booked their tickets online. At the same time, the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon will remain open this weekend by restricting access to 100 people, including staff.

Abroad :

The Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam are closed until 31 March, following measures taken by the Dutch government to respond to the pandemic. The Metropolitan Museum in New York has also announced its closure until further notice. In Spain, the second most affected European country after Italy, Madrid's museums under the authority of the Ministry of Culture, such as Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza, have been closed. In Barcelona, ​​the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló, monuments of Antoni Gaudí, have been closed until further notice, as well as the Antoni Tàpies Foundation, the Museu Picasso and the MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art). Austria, for its part, closes all of its national museums for an indefinite period. Other cancellations are expected to follow, with Spain declaring a state of emergency Friday afternoon. Austria closes its part to all national museums indefinitely. Greece announces the closure in the country of its archaeological and tourist sites (the Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Olympia, the theater of Epidaurus in the Peloponnese ) from this weekend until as of 30 March.

The fairs

In France :

In Paris salons are all deferred: the Contemporary Drawing lounge Drawing Now (scheduled from 26 March to 29) has been moved from 29 May to 1 st June DDessin, to be held from 27 to 29 March was postponed to the beginning of May, and the Salon du Dessin , from 25 March to 30, will be held from 28 May to 31. Last week, we learned that the contemporary art fair Art Paris (planned at the Grand Palais in Paris from 5 April to 8), as well as the decorative arts fair PAD Paris (scheduled at Tuileries Garden on 5 April), had been rescheduled (May 28-31 and May 12-17, respectively). In the regions, the Ob'art art tradeshow in Montpellier (scheduled for 3 April to 5) has been canceled. The Chatou antiques fair , this weekend, will take place as it is organized outdoors.

Around the world :

US President Donald Trump decided on Thursday to suspend the travel to the United States for 30 days, starting on 13 March, Paris Photo New York fair, which was to hold its very first edition, from 2 April to 5, has been deferred. According to our information, the Frieze New York fair would also be canceled, as well as the TEFAF in New York, which was to take place in early May. In Europe, Art Brussels (scheduled from 23 April to 26) is postponed from 25 June to 28, while the Art Cologne fair, which was to be held from 23 April to 26, will take place from 19 November to 22.

Price discounts

The AWARE 2020 awards ceremony for women artists, scheduled for 16 March at the Ministry of Culture in Paris, has been postponed. The name of the winning emerging artist will be announced the same day by press release. (The honor price, which rewards a confirmed artist, was already awarded to Marie Orensanz at the end of February). The Pierre Giquel Prize for Art Critics, initially scheduled for 17 March at the Monnaie de Paris, was also postponed to a later date.


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