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The end of the blockbuster? Museums in a post-pandemic world

Plus, Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger explores Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm (Number 30). Produced in association with Christie's

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From left: Philip Tinari, the director and CEO of the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing; Frances Morris, the director of Tate Modern in London; and Daniel Weiss, the CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Photos: Tinari: Wang Jun; Morris: Tate Photography; Weiss: © the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This week, we look at museums in different parts of the globe: what’s their future in a world changed by the coronavirus?

The doors of museums have slammed shut over recent weeks as Covid-19 has locked down countries across the world. So this week, we’re asking key figures in museums in the UK, the US and China: what happens next? We speak to Frances Morris, the director of Tate Modern, to Dan Weiss, the president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and to Philip Tinari, the director of the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing—leaders within different museum cultures, with different challenges ahead.

You can read our full analysis on the current state of international museums, their coping strategies and what the future may bring here and you can read Tinari's lessons post-lockdown here.

Jackson Pollock's Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) (1950) © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

We also have the latest in our Lonely Works series, in which the Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger explores Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), in the Met.

The Week in Art podcast by The Art Newspaper is available every Friday on our website and all the usual places where you find podcasts. This podcast is brought to you in association with Christie's.