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coronavirus

Russia sends Moscow’s museums into second lockdown until mid-January

Cultural workers voice frustration at mixed closure orders, as theatres, concert halls and restaurants are allowed to stay open

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Museums

German museum chiefs say enforced November closure is 'wrong decision'

More than 40 directors sign an open letter to regional governments saying museums should not be included in month-long coronavirus lockdown

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Closures

Marian Goodman to close London gallery

The New York-based art dealer will instead launch a project initiative in the city, with no permanent space, starting next autumn

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Closures

'Another yawning gap': radical London Print Studio closes its doors

Art world pays tribute to vital public space that served community organisations as well as artists including Lucian Freud, Billy Childish and Shezad Dawood

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Singapore

Singapore art space prepares final show in Gillman Barracks after Covid-19 shortfall

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art to close physical venue in March, casting doubt on future of gallery district

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Closures

Artist Kader Attia 'heartbroken' as Covid-19 forces closure of his decolonial Paris art hub

The French-Algerian is now looking for a new, smaller space in the city's suburbs

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Museums & Heritage

'There is no fast track back to normal': museums confront economic fallout of the pandemic

Closed museums are losing millions in income, ushering in job cuts, appeals for emergency relief and lasting changes in strategy

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Closures

Here are the museums that have closed (so far) due to coronavirus

Updates on which cultural institutions are temporarily closing to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic

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coronavirus

Coronavirus: Louvre closes while Italian museums reopen following government green light

Italian officials say cultural institutions can open to the public so long as they ensure “visitors respect a distance of at least a metre between each other”

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Art market

Blain Southern goes into administration as artists reveal debts owed by gallery

Abrupt closure of three spaces has prompted criticism from some about the way the business was run

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Museums

Letter to the editor | Necessity, not secrecy, will close NPG’s doors

Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, responds to criticism about the museum's three-year closure

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Diary of an art historian

Why was the National Portrait Gallery so secretive about its closure?

The London museum will close between 2020 and 2023, but the announcement was buried in the fourth paragraph of a press release

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China

Guangzhou museum given three days’ notice to evacuate before demolition

Privately funded Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art says its forced closure follows “a long period of disputation” with the local authorities

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Parasol Unit

Parasol Unit to close east London gallery

From next spring the foundation will hold exhibitions "in whatever part of the world I feel the dialogue is needed”, says founder Ziba Ardalan

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Art market

Historic Bernheim-Jeune and Fine Art Society galleries shut up shop

A sign of the times, two of London and Paris’s oldest firms closed their premises in the traditional art heartlands of the cities

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Contemporary art

What's next for the Met after its 2020 Breuer exit?

Sheena Wagstaff says the move is part of a “positive, forward-thinking” new regime under Max Hollein’s directorship

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Art market

‘Oversaturated’ Berlin loses two more galleries

Exile gallery has moved to Vienna, while Gillmeier Rech closes

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London’s National Portrait Gallery to partially close for London Fashion Week event (again)

Decision follows a controversial closure in February for Erdem’s runway show

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Closures

Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol, folds after nearly 50 years

The publication has recently been involved in a rent dispute, departure of upper-level staff and lawsuits from former employees

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Scotland's pioneering Inverleith House gallery saved from closure

Exhibition space in Edinburgh's botanic gardens has reopened after public outcry

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Openings

David Roberts to close London space and open sculpture park in Somerset

Scottish collector hopes to attract a bigger audience in the countryside than in Camden

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Closures

London's pioneering Wilkinson Gallery to close as owners go separate ways

Amanda and Anthony Wilkinson are setting up independent businesses in new locations

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Closures

Singapore branch of Pinacothèque de Paris shuts too

Founder blames disappointing attendance on closure of Asian branch of for-profit museum

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Closures

Austria’s Essl Museum to shut its doors after 17 years

Contemporary art collection will be kept in storage but there will be no more exhibitions

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Poor visitor numbers forces Madrid museum to close within its first year

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Closures

The end is nigh for New York’s Museum of Biblical Art

Unable to afford Manhattan’s astronomical rents, the small secular museum will close in June with its hit exhibition of Donatello sculptures on loan from the Duomo museum

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Museums

Kunstmuseum Basel to close for refurbishment

The museum will shut for just over a year to allow for improvements and additions to its infrastructure

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Art market

Christie’s close down Spink and take over the building for corporate headquarters

Serving a possibly premature coup de grâce to the oldest art dealership in the world