Covid-19

Russia declares week of 'non-working days' following Covid spike, reducing museum capacity and closing cultural venues

Restrictions will come into force between 30 October and 7 November after cases reached highest-ever level since start of pandemic

Portrait of a pandemic: five works at Art Basel that confront Covid-19

The first edition of Art Basel to take place since the onset of the global pandemic is full of new works created in the midst of lockdown

Brussels doctors prescribe museum visits to treat Covid-19 stress

Research “has proven that art can be beneficial for health, both mental and physical,” the city’s head of culture tells a Belgian newspaper

Timothy Rub to step down as director of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Leader oversaw an ambitious series of construction projects but has also contended with reports of midlevel management abuses and equity issues

Damien Hirst laid off 63 people last autumn while claiming £15m in government Covid-19 loans

Job cuts came after major retrospective in Beijing was cancelled due to the pandemic

Anny Shaw. with additional reporting by José da Silva

UK art fairs breathe sigh of relief as government waives quarantine for vaccinated overseas exhibitors

Some US and European galleries at events such as Photo London in September had threatened to drop out due to added cost of isolating in hotels

American Museum of Natural History sues insurer over Covid-19 coverage

New York institution says it lost over $37m when it was forced to shut down, but insurance company caps potential coverage at $200,000

Art Basel confirms it is happening this September IRL—but with some caveats

Collectors are told they must be fully vaccinated or supply a negative Covid-19 test in line with Swiss government regulations

Don’t trash talk museums at this perilous time: we must adapt—not throw away—our cultural heritage

Cultural institutions—like religious buildings—can be spaces of good and harm, we cannot simply denounce their histories as one or the other, says museum director Nicholas Thomas

Museums weigh in on the vaccine passport debate, as countries are under pressure to open up their economies

As Israel and Denmark introduce Covid-19 status certificates, institutions are concerned that government schemes may keep visitors away

A year of viewing art virtually: the best and worst AR and VR work created during the pandemic

Our expert panel of artists and storytellers review extended reality exhibitions and events

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Covid-19: which countries are closest to getting back to art business?

After a year in which the coronavirus wreaked havoc, vaccines offer hope. We look at the the state of play, and the outlook, for countries around the world

Art Basel/UBS report: global art market shrinks by almost a quarter to $50.1bn during Covid-19 crisis

Online sales, a growing pool of billionaires and reduced overheads all helped sustain the trade when physical art fairs and auctions all but disappeared

Los Angeles museums are revving up to reopen

Amid decline in Covid-19 cases, governor lifts a closure mandate that had stirred some dissent

Pandemic anniversary: the things museums should learn from our plague year

Although “thumbstoppable” social media content is essential, the online world has dark consequences too, says Tristram Hunt, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum

As state restrictions drag on, pressure grows for more California museums to reopen

With lockdown lifted for nail salons and zoos, anger rises over arts institutions’ continued closure, estimated to cost the sector $22m a day

After San Francisco loses Gagosian, the city's galleries are collaborating to survive

Mega-gallery's closure will not affect Californian city's small but vibrant art scene, local dealers say—this is "not a place that responds to grandiose braggadoci"

Museums have hastily cut their staff to save money—what will happen when visitors return and they need them back?

With vaccines now being deployed and a return to normality on the horizon, institutions may find they have been shortsighted in letting their employees go

Postgraduate art history students in UK say they are being encouraged to produce ‘less rigorous and ambitious’ research in light of pandemic

As the funding body, UK Research and Innovation, restricts additional funding, students are being asked to rethink projects

Asia’s art fairs pin hopes on vaccine rollouts

Spring events must negotiate ongoing travel restrictions and quarantines, and some organisers have already postponed

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As 2021 beckons.... I crave new art in the new year more than ever

With talk of vaccines dominating the airwaves, a return to regular contact with the latest works and upcoming artists may be on the horizon

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'Museums had better not be planning for a return to the status quo'

If institutions keep admission limits in place, they’ll come out of the coronavirus crisis in better health, says art critic Blake Gopnik

Building a picture of the pandemic: Smithsonian curators capture Covid-19 in real time

Museum curators chart the human angle of the crisis, but collecting material on recent events comes with ethical considerations

Why US museums are quietly buying art—and downplaying their acquisitions—in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Though many institutions are suffering from serious reductions in revenue, collections expanded via restricted acquisition funds

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A crisis hits the art market once a decade. What is different this time? Christie's president Dirk Boll assesses the impact of the pandemic

As his new book is published, the auction house chief compares coronavirus fallout to previous economic disasters

Gallery asks collectors to give their discounts back to the artists

Los Angeles-based Commonwealth & Council has launched the Council Fund to help support artists' financial needs with the help of its clients

Exclusive survey: how small US galleries are surviving the coronavirus crisis as Trump tables relief plans

With a second federal aid package stalled until after the election, our study reveals the financial straits some galleries are finding themselves in—and how they are responding

Tess Thackara. with additional reporting by Margaret Carrigan
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'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

National Trust—UK's largest conservation charity—to cut 1,300 jobs

The coronavirus-hit heritage body looks to save around £100m through redundancies

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A Covid success story: how the London Original Print Fair helped its 68 dealers keep selling

London’s longest-running art fair survives virus by going fully online and diversifying

As the world contends with Covid, World Monuments Fund makes a bet on sustainable tourism

Taking a lesson from how the pandemic dispersed crowds, the organisation selects seven sites for preservation and promotion

As autumn looms, US art schools prepare for students’ return amid the pandemic

From online lessons to outdoor classrooms, universities are attempting to make studio practices safe, but some students say the class quality does not match the steep tuition

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Art can save us: six of the best creative face masks you can buy now

From photo faces to protest pieces, designers and artists have responded to a new demand for PPE

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No rest for the frazzled for many in the art world

As galleries and auction houses slowly awaken from lockdown (some of them, at least), this summer will be one of work, not rest

Pandemic pushes gallery districts to decentralise

Dealers are swiftly setting up new spaces in the Hamptons this summer and an increasing number of galleries are taking root in smaller cities

A global pandemic brings new life to Palestinian artist's face masks

Gazan-born artist Mohammed Musallam finds new meaning in a past face mask project, which is based upon a traditional keffiyeh design

Riga’s Riboca biennial defies Covid-19 by transforming into an arthouse feature film

Unfinished exhibition space will be used as a set, while the public programme moves online

Virus outbreak delays restoration of Turkey’s Grand Bazaar

The price of gold has also spiked amid scarcity of the precious metal due to the closure of the World Heritage listed market

Irish Museum of Modern Art to be used as mortuary to cope with coronavirus pandemic

Museum will house a temporary structure in its grounds as the “country prepares Public Health facilities to deal with Covid-19”

'I'm gearing up for a conversation with my landlord': Small US galleries prepare for the first wave of coronavirus losses

Considering staff furloughs and calling for state and city governments to expand small business grants, dealers are bracing themselves for significant financial downturn amid Covid-19

Frieze New York cancels its ninth edition due to coronavirus

The fair is the latest to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic as cases in the city rise to 1,339

Here is a list of resources addressing the economic impact of coronavirus on the cultural sector

Organisations are offering medical emergency grants while other groups crowdsource data quantifying the impact of the health crisis on the cultural labour market

Use £120m Brexit festival money to help UK institutions in coronavirus crisis, Museums Association demands

Advocacy group has warned UK government that museums risk permanent closure due to the pandemic's effect on funding streams

Arts Council England announces coronavirus crisis plan to compensate out-of-pocket artists and institutions

The national arts-funding body will refocus some grant programmes to help individual artists and freelancers withstand lost earnings

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

Here are the art fairs and auction houses that have been cancelled or closed (so far) due to coronavirus

Updates on how Covid-19 is turning the art fair calendar upside down as (most) organisers err on the side of caution

Coronavirus in Spain: Madrid museums including Prado shut but Guggenheim Bilbao remains open

There are currently more than 2,770 coronavirus cases reported in Spain with 64 deaths

Berlin Gallery Weekend downsizes for now—but launches second edition in September

The collaborative event is also planning to launch an event to replace the recently cancelled Art Berlin fair

France’s culture minister tests positive for Covid-19

Franck Riester was due to meet with representatives from the country’s arts and culture spaces about the impact of the coronavirus epidemic, but is now resting at home

Coronavirus: Russian museums hit as Chinese tourists stay away

Russia has banned Chinese citizens from entering the country, slashing attendance at cultural institutions in Moscow and St Petersburg

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