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Jan 31 2020

How the Coronavirus is Impacting Cultural Institutions

by ArtAsiaPacific

*Last updated August 12, 2020.

Illustration by Renee Li for ArtAsiaPacific. 

On May 3, the World Health Organization announced that the Covid-19 disease had spread to more than 100 countries and had reached global pandemic proportions. More than 13,300,000 people have been infected and nearly 600,000 have died from the disease since December when the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China.

As governments attempt to restrict large-scale public gatherings to limit contagion, public museums have been ordered to close, and many private museums, galleries, and independent art spaces have followed suit. Here’s a rundown on the situation with art museums, cultural institutions, and galleries, from Asia and the Pacific.

ArtAsiaPacific’s editors will update this page as more information becomes available.

WHAT’S OPEN

Singapore

The government of Singapore confirmed 5,872 active cases as of August 2. The city is gradually reopening with social distancing measures in businesses and organizations.

Gillman Barracks: reopened June 19 with safety measures in place. A number of exhibitions are on view until mid-August at Ota Fine Arts and Fost Gallery. The exhibition “flat”, originally at Sullivan+Strumpf, is available only online.

National Gallery of Singapore: reopened on June 26, with enhanced preventative measures in place. Current exhibitions include “Chua Soo Bin: Truths & Legends”, “Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago”, and “Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission.”

NTU CCA Singapore: open with exhibition “Non-Aligned” on view until September 27.

STPI: reopened with safety measures in place; the exhibition “Turning the Axis of the World” will open on August 15.

Yavuz Gallery: Po Po’s “Primeval Codes” is on view until August 29.

Vietnam

On July 31, the government of Vietnam confirmed its first Covid-19 fatalities. Vietnam’s borders will be closed to tourists for 14 days, as non-essential businesses close their doors temporarily and lockdown policies re-emerge. 

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City: Hương Ngô‘s solo exhibition “Lost from View” and Thy Nguyễn’s “Other Futures” are on view from June 19 to October 4.

United Arab Emirates

The Dubai government announced the reopening of local theaters, gyms, and leisure venues on May 28. Since then, cultural institutions and commercial galleries in the emirate are slowly following suit. Dubai opened its borders to international tourists on July 7. Latest news report here.

Dubai

Alserkal Avenue: galleries have reopened to the public with varying opening hours, according to their own schedule; each visitor can stay for up to three hours; children from the age of 3–12 and elders over 65 years old are denied entry.

Jameel Arts Centre: reopened on June 3 with new guidelines; Michael Rakowitz’s major survey has been extended to November; and the annual Artist’s Room programs by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Larissa Sansour and Taysir Batniji reopened on June 12.

Sharjah

Maraya Art Centre: reopened on May 28 with precautionary measures in place. Exhibitions “Rearranging the Riddle” and “The Place I Call Home” are open now and will run through August 31, with virtual tours available.

Sharjah Art Foundation: has reopened “”http://www.sharjahart.org/sharjah-art-foundation/exhibitions/art-in-the-age-of-anxiety">Art in the Age of Anxiety" on June 26; March Meeting, Sharjah: the 2020 edition of the event, meant to take place from March 21 to 23, has been postponed until 2021. There are virtual events and tours available.

Sharjah Art Foundation: has reopened “Art in the Age of Anxiety” on June 26; March Meeting, Sharjah: the 2020 edition of the event, meant to take place from March 21 to 23, has been postponed until 2021. There are virtual events and tours available. 

Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi: reopened on June 24 with different opening hours; tickets must be purchased in advance before the visit; precautionary measures include requirement of masks and gloves, thermal scanning at the entry, social distancing, among others. The exhibition “Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between East and West” is currently on view both virtually and in person through October 18.

Turkey

In Turkey, after president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s announcement on May 28 regarding the reopening of all public leisure places, major art museums have reopened on June 16. 

Arter: temporarily closed from July 27 to September 10 in change of new exhibitions. Upon its reopening, visitors will have to abide by new health and safety measures; Cevdet Erek’s solo exhibition “Bergama Stereotip” is on view until November 15.

Istanbul Modern: Istanbul Modern has reopened its doors at its temporary space in Beyoğlu; its exhibition “Guests: Artists and Craftspeople” continues in the gallery, while the virtual exhibition “Photography in Days of Pandemic” is on view until November 15.

Pera Museum: reopened on June 16 with hygiene and social distancing measures. New visiting hours have also been implemented: Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00-18:00, Sunday, 12:00 – 18:00. Exhibition “Constructing a Dream” runs from July 7 through November 15, and the contemporary art exhibition “Miniature 2.0” opened on August 11. Multiple digital exhibitions are also on view indefinitely.

SALT Beyoğlu and SALT Galata: both have reopened, with Basma Alsharif’s exhibition “And Therefore A Philistine” on view until August 30. SALT’s collections, talks, and projects are also accessible online.

South Korea

Less than one month since South Korean museums and art galleries reopened on May 6, the country shuttered its public spaces in the greater Seoul area from May 29 to June 14, due to the second wave of coronavirus infections. Latest news report here

Amado Art Space: Namhee Kwon’s “A Book+Off Kawara” ended on August 6, with upcoming exhibitions TBA

Arario Gallery, Seoul: Insane Park’s solo exhibition “I have no idea, because I have no idea & Joy of Painting” is on view from June 25 to August 15. Cheonan: group exhibition “Dancing Queen” featuring female contemporary artists runs until October 11. 

Art Sonje Center: Camille Henrot’s “Saturday, Tuesday”, Don Sunpil’s “Portrait Fist”, and Mire Lee’s “Carriers” opened July 23 and will run concurrently until September 13. 

Asian Culture Center, Gwangju: reopened with “Solidarity Spores” which runs until October 25.

Gallery Baton: Yoon Suk One’s solo exhibition ended on August 7; upcoming exhibitions TBA.

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art: preparing to reopen with details TBC. A virtual tour of the gallery is available in the meantime.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA): all branches open with advance booking only. Lee Seung Jio’s “Advancing Columns” on view in Gwacheon until October 4; “Project # 2020”, “Unflattening”, and “2020 Asia Project – Looking for Another Family” on view in Seoul; in Deoksugung, “The Modern and Contemporary Korean Calligraphy” is open till August 23; Cheongju branch features two outdoor projects and an exhibition on conservation science. 

One and J. Gallery: upcoming exhibitions TBA.

Perrotin: The group exhibition “Healing” will be on view from July 23 to September 4.

PKM Gallery: “Summer Show” is currently on view from August 5 to August 20. 

Various Small Fires: reopened with a series of precautionary measures, including reservation beforehand, limiting the time of these “touch free” visits to thirty minutes and no more than four people (from the same household) within each group. Group exhibition “Next of Kin” ended on August 8; upcoming exhibitions TBA

Whistle: Min-ha Park’s solo exhibition “Peculiar Weather” ended on July 18. Next exhibition featuring Sulki and Min will open from September 11 to October 24.

Japan

On August 3, Japan’s cumulative case count surpassed 40,000. A second wave is beginning to crash down the reopenings across the nation, prompting the Tokyo government to consider a state of emergency. Currently, Fukuyama Art Museum in Hiroshima is closed due to contacts with visitors infected by coronavirus. Latest news report here

Tokyo Region

21_21 Design Sight: Gallery 1 & 2 reopened on June 1 with shortened hours and reservations, and Gallery 3 on June 5 with adjusted opening times. Exhibition “Secret Source of Inspiration: Designers’ Hidden Sketches and Mockups”, presented by Japan Design Committee, is on view in Gallery 1 & 2 until September.

Artizon Museum: reopened on June 23 with four exhibitions, including “Cosmo-Eggs” and “Tomoko Konoike: FLIP”, running until October 25. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Galleries at Complex 665: Tomio Koyama Gallery reopened to the public, with Masahiko Kuwahara’s “heavenly peach” running from July 10 through August 8. Taka Ishii Gallery is operating by appointment only; Tomoo Gokita’s solo exhibition, originally slated for May 16, will run from August 28 through September 26.

ShugoArts at Complex 665: reopened on June 20; an online show, “Yukio Fujimoto Sound Album,” is available now until August 31. 

SCAI the Bathhouse: Mariko Mori’s “Central” is scheduled for September 11 to October 17 with reservations only.

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka: open by lottery from mid-July and will possibly be open to a limited number of the general public from September, though slated to close from November to December for maintenance.

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art: “Mercedes-Benz Art Scope 2018-2020” is open until September 6; exhibition schedules have been revised

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo: reopened on June 9. Its ongoing 10th Anniversary Exhibition has been extended to end on September 22.

Mori Art Museum: reopened with advance booking necessary; “STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World” will run until January 2021.

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT): reopened in phases, with exhibitions of museum collections on view from June 4. Peter Doig’s special solo exhibition will run until October 11. Kitawaki Noboru’s “To See the Universe in a Seed” has been extended to October 25.

National Museum of Western Art (NMWA): reopened on June 18, with “Manuscripts from the Naito Collection II: Medieval to Renaissance Prayers and Images” available until August 23 and special exhibition “Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London” on view until October 18. 

Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art: reopened on June 5 with preventive measures. The exhibition “Special planed Contemporary Japanese Crafts: Reinterpretation, Exquisite Craftsmanship, and Aesthetic Exploration” will run from July 18 through September 22.

SOMPO Museum of Art: “Commemorative Special Exhibition” originally scheduled for May 28 has been postponed to run from July 10 until September 4.

The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT): reopened on June 11 with preventative measures based on safeguarding guidelines. “Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present” is running from June 24 through August 24.

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum: fully reopened. Exhibition “Flowers, Flowers and More Flowers” will be on view until August 23.

Tokyo National Museum: partially reopened on June 2 with shortened hours and other preventive measures. The exhibition KIMONO: Fashioning Identities,” is currently on view until August 23.

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery: exhibitions “Dress Code: Are You Playing Fashion?” and project N 79 ITOKAWA Yurie scheduled for July 4 to August 30.

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum: reopened on June 2 with necessary measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. “Tokyo: Ongoing” featuring Daido Moriyama, as well as the photography exhibition “Twilight, Daylight”, will last until September 22.

Yayoi Kusama Museum: recently reopened with timed-entry tickets, exhibition “THE VISION OF FANTASY THAT WE HAVE NEVER SEEN IS THIS SPLENDOR” scheduled to run until March 2021.

Tohoku Region

Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art: reopened July 11, with pre-registration and safety measures in place. Spring/Summer inaugural exhibition “Thank You Memory: From Cidre to Contemporary Art” is extended to September 22.

Tokai Region

Mie Prefectural Museum of Art: reopened from May 12 with Akioka Miho’s “Wind Scape” and special exhibition “#StayMuseum” on view through August 30 and September 6 respectively.

Kanto Region

Art Tower Mito: reopened with events scheduled throughout August.

Chiba City Museum of Art: reopened on July 11, with 25th anniversary exhibition on view until September 6.

Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art: partially reopened since May 26. Hideki Miyakotori and Kōtarō Takamura’s solo exhibitions and an exhibition on art from the Chiba Prefecture are on view through September 21.

Museum of Modern Art, Saitama: reopened on June 2 with preventive measures. The exhibition “New Photographic Objects” is on view until September 6.

Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama: Kamakura Annex reopened on June 9, but closed again on July 9 for renovations until January 29, 2021. Meanwhile, the renovated Hayama space reopened on June 30 with the exhibition “100 Years of Czech Design” to run from July 31 through September 22.

Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art: reopened on June 2. A special exhibition of Gustave Courbet’s marine landscape paintings will be on view from September 11 to November 3.

Yokohama Triennale will run from July 17 to October 11. 

Kansai Region

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Museum of Art: reopened with preventative measures in place. The exhibition “The 130th Anniversary of the Birth of Kanjiro Kawai: from Tamesaburo Yamamoto Collection” will be available until March 2021. 

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art: exhibition “Miyabi’s Color and Design: Japanese Beauty as Seen from Official Costume” opened on July 25 and will run until September 22.

Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art: limited reopening since May 26 to only Kyoto residents with appointments; viewing time is restricted to 1 hour; visitors are required to line up outside with social distance; Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Post Vitam” is on view through October 4.

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts: reopened on May 26 with preventive measures in place. Exhibition of French paintings will run until August 16.

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art: reopened on June 2 with preventive measures. Akira Minagawa’s “minä perhonen” will be on view through November 2020. 

Kyoto National Museum: open only to visitors of the special exhibition “Kannon Worship: The Thirty-three Pilgrimage Sites of Western Japan” , which is scheduled to run until September 13.

Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka: reopened; the special exhibition “Tenmoku—The Beauty of Chinese Black-Glazed Ware” is on view until November 8.

National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK): exhibition “Life in Kyoto – Arts in Seasonal Delight” will run from July 23 through September 22.

Nara National Museum: partially reopened on June 2, with special hours in effect. Special exhibition “The Reproduction of Shosoin Treasures” will run through September 6.

National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO): reopened on June 2 with end dates of postponed exhibitions “Danh Vo oV hnaD” and “Collection1: Transgressing Lines” extended to October 11.

Shikoku Region

Hiroshima City Museum of Modern Art: fully reopened on May 29 with preventive measures, with collection highlights and special exhibitions now on view until September 27.

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum: reopened on May 12, with a special exhibition themed around World War II running from July 23 through September 27.

Izumi Museum of Art: reopened on May 26, with a special exhibition running until October 18. 

Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum: reopened on May 26, with exhibition “The Pioneers: Masters of Edo Painting” on view from July 7 through August 30. 

Kyushu Region

Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu: reopened again on June 19 with CCA 20+ Project: Jasphy Zheng’s Stories from the Room, on view until September 25.

Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto: reopened on May 21 with exhibition of the museum’s collection. Tanikawa Shuntaro’s solo exhibition will run until September 6.

Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art: reopened from May 7 with an exhibition of Edo-period animal paintings and a family exhibition on the world of royalty scheduled to run until September 6 and 22 respectively.

Kyushu National Museum: reopened on June 2, with the maximum number of visitors restricted to 200. Exhibitions “Worship in Tsukushi” and “YAMATO: The Cradle of Japanese Civilization” are open now and will run until August 30 and December 20 respectively.

Hong Kong

A new spike in coronavirus cases has prompted a series of sweeping measures across the city, including restrictions on gyms, restaurants, and public facilities as well as museums. Travellers to Hong Kong are required to provide negative test results. On July 19, most of the government workers are set to work from home, while restrictions on eateries extended. Latest news report here.

Southern District

Axel Vervoodt: Bosco Sodi, “A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains” is on view until September 5, and Bae Bien-U’s “Memories of Wandering” until September 19; by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Ben Brown Fine Arts: Rosamond Brown’s solo exhibition “Reflections in Isolation” on view until August 15, with preventive measures in place. New space in The Factory, Wong Chuk Hang opened on June 15 with its inaugural exhibition “Celebrating 10 Years in Hong Kong” on view until August 31.

Blindspot Gallery: the two-month long video screening program “Play & Loop II” opened on June 27, with Leung Chi Wo’s sign language workshop.

De Sarthe: Artist Mark Chung’s residency “deSAR” runs from July 16 to September 4, with regular gallery hours in place.

Empty Gallery: open by appointment only; ektor garcia’s first solo exhibition in Asia, “Oax.D.F.L.A.N.O.H.K” is on view until August 22.

Gallery Exit: Yun Kyung Jeong’s exhibition “Dash and Symphony” has been extended to August 22, with a virtual tour available; open with modified hours: 12pm–5pm, Tues–Sat.

Rossi & Rossi: “Big Wind Blows”, featuring seven Hong Kong artists, will run until September 15. 

Hong Kong Island

a.m. space: Cheng Hung’s exhibition “The Sunset Lasts Forever” ended August 8, with upcoming exhibitions TBA.

Alisan Fine Art: “Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration of Hong Kong Art” is on view in the Central Gallery until September 26.

Asia Art Archive: reopened with exhibition “Crafting Communities” running until October 31.

Blue Lotus Gallery: Hosting talks with David Boyce’s “History of Photography” on view until August 26.

Flowers Gallery: Online exhibitions “Nadav Kander | Quietude” and “Peter Howson: When the World Changed” are on view until August 16 and September 6 respectively.

Galerie Ora-Ora: Szelit Cheung’s solo exhibition “[,]” will open on August 19 at the gallery’s new space in Soho 189, Sheung Wan, along with an online viewing room between August 12 and September 11. 

Hong Kong Arts Centre: Currently open, though most scheduled events are cancelled or postponed, including “FEVER – Comics Artists and Professionals Sharing Talk”. The events of “Fantaisie Ordinaire” have been extended; graduate show “ARCHTERNATIVE” will run from August 19 to 30.

Karin Weber: Group exhibition “Of All Things Cute” from June 27 to August 15, featuring Chow Chun Fai, Joey Leung Ka Yin and Rosanna Li, with Japanese artist Daisuke Teshima.

Korean Cultural Center Hong Kong: Group exhibition “Turbulent area” will be on view from August 18 to September 26, featuring five Korean and Hong Kong artists.

Lehmann Maupin: Exhibition “be/longing”, featuring selected works from Heidi Bucher, Catherine Opie, Angel Otero, and Suh Se Ok. “be/longing” opened June 26 and will run through August 15.

Lévy Gorvy: open by appointment only. Pierre Soulages’ “Outrenoir” on view until September 10.

Massimo de Carlo: open by appointment only; group exhibition “Look at Me” featuring works by Pablo Picasso, Lucio Fontana, and Yan Pei-ming will run until August 26.

Galerie Ora-Ora: the gallery’s new space opened at Soho 189 in Sheung Wan on July 2 with Juri Markkula’s solo exhibition “Interaction”, running until August 15.

Soluna Fine Art: Kim Young-Hun’s “Diamond Mountain: Electronic Nostalgia” ended on August 1, upcoming exhibitions TBA.

Tai Kwun: reopened with limited facilities. Exhibitions “They Do Not Understand Each Other” and “My Body Holds Its Shape” suspended until further notice.

Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong: “Racket of Cobwebs: Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition” will be on view from July 8 to August 13; Chen Tianzhuo’s “Recollection Pierces the Heart” will be on view from August 20 to September 27. 

Villepin: open by appointment only with Zao Wou-Ki’s “Friendship & Reconciliation” on through September 20.

Whitestone Gallery: Group exhibition “BOLD & VIVID” is on view from July 9 to August 22.

Kowloon

C&G Artpartment: Jennifer Lai’s “The Truth is Out There” ended July 18, with upcoming exhibitions yet to be announced.

Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District: reopened, though exhibitions and performances up till August 30 have been postponed or cancelled; Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani’s audio-visual presentation “dis·play” has been postponed to December, 2021.

Tomorrow Maybe: Kongkee’s video exhibition titled “Moon in the Water” is on view from June 20 to August 23.

K11 Musea: “the Silicon Valley of Culture” is still open for business. 

New Territories

Hanart TZ Gallery, Kwai Chung: Its first exhibition “Moving,” celebrating its relocation to its current space at Hanart Square, ended on August 1.

Australia

While the art museums and galleries have been gradually reopening across the country since June, Victoria is facing a second wave of coronavirus infections as the state was responsible for a total of 6,289 cases out of the 12,069 national cases as of July 21. The border between Victoria and New South Wales is closed, with residents confined to their homes unless undertaking essential business for six weeks. Latest news report here.

Sydney

Biennale of Sydney (BoS): officially reopened to the public from June 16 to September 6.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art: reopened; the exhibition “Holding Patterns” is scheduled to run until October 23 in Sydney; the travelling exhibition “Eugenia Lim: The Ambassador” is on view until August 15 at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.

Art Gallery of New South Wales: reopened on June 1 with exhibition “Some Mysterious Process” on view until September 13; The Archibald, Wynne, & Sulman Prizes have been pushed back until September 26.

Artspace Sydney: the 22nd Biennale of Sydney “NIRIN” is on view; the space also relaunched its online program “52 Actions”.

Campbelltown Arts Centre: reopened on June 1, with the 22nd Biennale of Sydney “NIRIN” on view. Its collaborative biennial festival with Arts House, “BLEED”, will run until August 30. 

Chalk Horse: reopened and returned to normal trading hours on June 2. Emma Finneran’s “Blue in Gravy” and Sarah Hendy’s “Wet Objects,” are scheduled to open from July 23 to August 15.

Galerie Pompom: James Lieutenant’s “Give up the ghost” and Gerard O’Connor and Marc Wasiak’s “Queens of the Pub” will run concurrently until August 16.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: reopened on June 16 for Biennale of Sydney “NIRIN” with exhibition period extended to September 6.

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery: Daniel Boyd’s solo exhibition “AND THE HORIZON SWALLOWED THE TORTOISE” will run from July 15 to August 15. Patricia Piccinini’s “The Gardener’s Eye” is scheduled to open on August 20. 

Sarah Cottier Gallery: currently open from Wednesdays to Saturdays or by appointment only; Jelena Telecki’s “Incidental Collaborations” will be on view from August 8 until September 12.

Yavuz Gallery, Sydney: The first part of “Closer than they appear” is available until August 29; the second part of the exhibition will take place in Singapore.

White Rabbit Gallery: reopened on June 6 with strict physical distancing and hygiene measures. Exhibitions concurrently on view are XU ZHEN®’s solo exhibition ETERNITY VS EVOLUTION and Judith Neilson’s AND NOW,” running through March and January 2021 respectively.

Brisbane

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane: currently open, with Marianna Simnett’s “CREATURE” on view until August 22. A new commissioning initiative, “Making Art Work,” was launched on May 13.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane: QAG reopened on June 22 with various exhibitions on view, including Mavis Ngallametta’s “Show Me the Way to Go Home” and group exhibition “Gods and Gridlock” until February and August 2021 respectively. GOMA reopened on August 7 with exhibitions “Cut It” and “I, Object” on view until August 2021.

Adelaide

Art Gallery of South Australia: reopened on June 5. The 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art exhibitions “Monster Theatres” and “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters” have both been extended to August 16.

Perth

Art Gallery of Western Australia: reopened on June 6; Tom Mùller’s exhibition “MONOLITH SCORES” will end August 17; the Tom Malone Prize 2020 exhibition will end August 31; and “Pulse Perspectives 2019” will run until October 5.

New Zealand

On August 11, New Zealand confirmed its first locally-transmitted case in over a hundred days. As of August 12, the country has confirmed 1,220 total cases, with 22 currently active. Many galleries and museums have shuttered their doors in response.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetū: remains open, with contact tracing and social distancing measures in place. “Gathering Clouds”, from the Gallery’s collection, will run until September 6; Louise Henderson’s exhibition “From Life” on view until October 11. The online video project series “Spheres” will be available until October.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth: remains open with new precautions in place. Len Lye’s exhibitions “Sky Snakes” and “The Absolute Truth of the Happiness Acid” on view until November.

China

As previously a second wave of infection approached, the Chinese government has adopted targeted policies in areas of outbreak, including Beijing. Most museums and galleries have reopened with precautionary measures. Some cultural institutions remain closed as they have not released information about their upcoming shows.

Beijing

Asia Art Center Beijing: upcoming exhibitions TBA.

CAFA Museum: Graduate and undergraduate student works exhibition “Then & Now” open until August 31. Virtual exhibition “The Creation of Ancient Impression” will run until December 31.

Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing: Zhang Xuerui’s solo exhibition is slated to open on August 29.

Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing: The group exhibition of Hyundai Blue Prize 2019, “Play societies: wolves, lynx and ants” is on view from June 16 to September 9.

M Woods: M Woods Art Community (Hutong) reopened on May 2; the museum space in 798 Art District reopened with  “Collective Care: A House with Many Guests” on June 12, which runs through September 13.

Red Brick Art Museum: open but for visitors with online real-name reservations only. Group exhibition “2020 +” will be on view from August 1 to October 18.

UCCA Beijing: reopened on May 21 with “Meditations in an Emergency” which runs through August 30.

UCCA Dune: reopened on April 30 with “Resistance of the Sleepers” which runs through September 6.

X Museum: the new museum’s first Triennial “How Do We Begin?” opened on May 30 and will run through September 13.

Shanghai

Asia Art Center Shanghai: Exhibition “PolyChord” featuring Koshimizu Susumu and Haraguchi Noriyuki ended July 26, upcoming exhibitions TBA.

ShanghART Shanghai: the gallery will be closed until October 20; Yu Youhan’s solo exhibition and a group exhibition of 38 artists “Cache: From B to Z” are available by appointment until August 30.

Edouard Malingue: reopened but details regarding upcoming exhibitions TBA.

MadeIn Gallery: recently relocated, with an inaugural exhibition at the new space forthcoming. 

Ming Contemporary Art Museum: its first exhibition in 2020, “”http://www.mcam.io/article/gallery_index/18">Participation Mystique", is on view from June 27 to September 6.

Ota Fine Arts Shanghai: Akira the Hustler, Chen Wei, Jung YuGyong, and ¥ouada’s group exhibition “When many pass one way…” is open until August 22.

PSA Shanghai: open with the requirement of online reservations. Exhibition “psD Against the Epidemic” on view from July 2 to August 23.

TANK: Group exhibition “More More More” is on view until January 31, alongside “‘C’: Digital Interactive Art Experiment.”

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum: Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen’s exhibition “Flow With Matter” has been extended to show until November 30.

West Bund Museum: multiple exhibitions on view until the week of August 23, including “Traces of Actions: Asian Abstract Art”, “Echo on Papers”, and “The Man of the Crowd.”

Yuz Museum: reopened, upcoming exhibition details TBA.

Shanghai Center of Photography: “Beyond Fashion” will open shortly, with details to be confirmed soon.

Guangzhou

Guangdong Museum of Art: reopened from March 19 with online exhibitions currently available. 

Guangdong Times Museum: reopened on August 8 with the new exhibition “Study of Things, Or a Brief Story About Fountain, Brick, Tin, Coin, Stone, Shell, Curtain, and Body” running until October 8; Candice Lin’s solo exhibition “Pigs and Poison” originally slated to open in March has been postponed to June 2021.

Taiwan

Most of the cultural institutions in Taiwan are operating under a series of precautionary measures. In response to the changes lately, museums have adjusted the visitor restrictions in late March, including requirement of face masks, disinfection, and collection of contact information. Anyone with a body temperature higher than 37.5 °C will be denied entrance. The institutions also promises to clean the public spaces more frequently throughout the day. 

Chini Gallery: “Vision in Space: HO Kan Unlimited” runs until September 27; Lee Kuang-Yu’s “Also Sprach” runs through October 3. 

Da Xiang Art Space: Hung Yu Hao’s solo exhibition “Pathfinding between Phases” will be on view from August 15 to September 20.

Double Square Gallery: Tsui Kuang-Yu’s solo exhibition, “Daily Sucks/150 Meters of LoveHomePeace” and Chen Wan-Jen and Juan Zamora’s duo exhibition “” are both on view from July 14 to August 22.

Each Modern: Zhao Gang 21st’s “Supports / ColorLumps as Anthropography of History” runs through August 23; group exhibition “New Relics I: Crossing Over” is open from July 31 until August 29. 

Michael Ku Gallery: “Freedom and Enjoyment in the Seasons” will be on view from August 16 through November 15.

MOCA Taipei: “Yu-Chi Li: The Roots — Everything is Hanging” and LUPA’s “The Blaze of Flowers” are on view concurrently until October 4.

Nunu Fine Art: “Vestige and Eternity,” a duo exhibition featuring Peter Zimmermann and Kees Goudzwaard, is set to open.

Project Fulfill Art Space: “Obliteration”, an exhibition of Ou Jing-Yun, Peng Yu-Tzu, and Chen Jun-Yu, is set to open from July 25 to August 22.

Taipei Fine Arts Museum: Henri Cartier-Bresson’s exhibition “China, 1948-1949 / 1958” runs from June 20 through November 1; exhibition “The Secret South: from Cold War Perspective to Global South in Museum Collection” will be on view from July 25 to October 25.

Taipei Contemporary Cultural Lab (C-Lab): Outdoor project “Wonderland” is on display until October 31.

TKG+: reopened on June 9. Joshua Lin’s “Flux of Shadows,” Chi Chien’s “Landing Place,” and part II of “Pardon: Tsun-shing Cheng Photography Exhibition” are scheduled for August 1 through September 12.

Israel

As of August 4, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Israel has exceeded 74,000, following the introduction of restrictions on summer camps, synagogues, gyms, and other institutions, as well as travel restrictions.

CCA Tel Aviv: Irma Blank’s “Blank” and Adi Fluman’s “Souvenir d’amitié” are both on view from July 23 to October 10.

Braverman Gallery: Mohau Modisakeng’s solo exhibition is on view from July 10 to October 8. 

Sommer Contemporary: moving to a new location at 16 Herzl street, Tel-Aviv, with online exhibition of works by Jakob Kalding available through August 31.

Jordan

The Jordanian government closed its borders with Israel, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, and has banned travelers from several European countries.

Nabad Gallery, Amman: the gallery has postponed Emmanuel Guiragossian’s solo exhibition on March 16 and Eman Haram’s exhibition on April 4, however the gallery remains open. Group exhibition “Art in Solitude” ended on July 22; next exhibition TBA.

Thailand

Thailand’s government has halted quarantine exemptions for travellers from certain countries following a spike in cases. The country has reported a total of 3,320 cases as of August 2, after lockdowns eased in July.

Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok: exhibition “A Daughter’s Love?” with artist Lugpliw Junpudsa scheduled to run from July 16 to August 22 at ARDEL’s Third Place Gallery. 

Bangkok Art and Culture Center: reopened with EARLY YEARS PROJECT #5: 20/20 Fluidity of Change” and the 9th White Elephant Art Award exhibition “The Land of Smiles” concurrently on view through September 20.

Bangkok CityCity Gallery: Dhanut Tungsuwan’s “Memory Machine” is scheduled to open on August 22 and will be on view until March 2021.

Jim Thompson House Museum and Art Center: reopened on April 12; parking lot closed starting from June 1, 2019 due to construction but museum remains open.

Richard Koh Projects, Bangkok: Verapat Sitipol’s “The Silent Profundity of the Dark” is on view through July 18 to August 14.

Malaysia

While most lockdown restrictions were lifted in early July, four sub-districts in Kedah have been placed under a “targeted enhanced move control order” in response to a cluster of new infections. As of August 4, the country has over 9,000 cases.

Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur: recently reopened with safety measures in place; exhibition “Bayangnya itu Timbul Tenggelam: Photographic Cultures in Malaysia” will be on view July 21 to December 31.

Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur: reopened on June 23 with precautionary measures. Nadiah Bamadhaj’s solo exhibition “Ravaged” is scheduled to run from July 23 through August 13. Upcoming exhibition “Locating Malaysian Contemporary Art: The Echo Boomers” will run from August 20 to September 12. 

Macau

Macau has confirmed 46 total cases of Covid-19 as of August 4.

Creative Macau, Centre for Creative Industries: Cai Guo Jie’s “A PLACE THAT IS NEVER ON THE MAP” is on view until August 22.

Macau Museum of Art: reopened with exhibition “A Retrospective of Collaborations with the Palace Museum” on view through September 27. Online exhibition of Shiwan ceramics available until December 31.

Ox Warehouse: “Uncertainties: PRD Post-pandemic Contemporary Art Exhibition” opened July 30 and will run through September 6.

TeamLab SuperNature Macao, at Sands Resort Macao: the debut of the new project is now in its soft opening, with tickets available for purchase from June 15.

Qatar

Cases have surged past the 100,000 mark; lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted.

Museum of Islamic Art: the permanent collections opened to the public on July 1; exhibition “A Falcon’s Eye” opened August 2.

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art: the permanent collections opened to the public on July 1; temporary exhibitions are open until November 30. 

Garage Gallery, Doha Fire Station: opened to the public on July 1, with the special exhibition “Picasso’s Studios,” organized in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, running until November 1.

WHAT’S CLOSED

New Zealand

On August 11, New Zealand confirmed its first locally-transmitted case in over a hundred days. As of August 12, the country has confirmed 1,220 total cases, with 22 currently active. Many galleries and museums have shuttered their doors in response.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki: closed until further notice. Exhibitions previously on view included “Civilization, Photography, Now”, which will run through October 18. “Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige, and the Art of Edo Japan” is available virtually through August 16.

Starkwhite: closed temporarily with plans to reopen on August 15, when exhibition “Performative Geographies” was originally scheduled to end.

Te Papa Tongarewa | Museum of New Zealand: closed on August 12 with plans for the rest of the week to come. Various long-term exhibitions were on display.

Lebanon

There are a total of 4,555 cases of Covid-19 infections reported in the country as of August 2. On August 4, a massive explosion in the port of Beirut rocked the capital city, with over 150 dead and 6,000 wounded. See latest report here. Artists and organizations have been raising funds to support the city.

Sursock Museum: damaged in the explosion and now closed; the exhibition “Pastels, or the sparkle of life: Selected works by Georges Daoud Corm” was originally scheduled to run through February 7, 2021. A virtual tour of “Baalbek, Archives of an Eternity” is available here.

Beirut Art Center: damaged in the blast; closed.

Hong Kong

A new spike in coronavirus cases has prompted a series of sweeping measures across the city, including restrictions on gyms, restaurants, and public facilities as well as museums. Travellers to Hong Kong are required to provide negative test results. On July 19, most of the government workers are set to work from home, while restrictions on eateries extended. Latest news report here.

Asia Society Hong Kong: extended temporary closure to August 18; ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition” and “Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong” concurrently on view through September 27.

Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT): closed from July 15 until further notice; permanent exhibitions will be on display upon reopening.

Hong Kong Museum of Art: temporarily closed from July 15 until further notice.

M+ Pavilion: temporarily closed until August 18.

Para Site: temporarily closed until further notice;  “Garden of Six Seasons” runs from May 16 to August 30.

Perrotin: closed from August 9 to 12 and will reopen by appointment from August 13 to September 5.

Sun Museum: extended closure to August 18; the lectures “Birthdays of Divinities in Ancient China” and “Festivals in Ancient China” scheduled for July 18 and August 1 respectively will be postponed again until further notice. “Instant Reflection: Hong Kong Artists and Sketches” has been extended to August 29.

The University of Hong Kong – University Museum and Art Gallery: closed from July 15 until further notice. Exhibitions previously on view included Wesley Tongson’s “Mountain Taoist”, Hou Beiren’s “Clouds of Ink, Pools of Colour”, and Chak’s “Landscapes and Other Natural Occurrences” until July 26; and Tobias Klein’s “Metamorphosis or Confrontation” until August 30.


Art Basel Hong Kong (March 17–22): canceled with the next edition scheduled for March 2021.

Art Central (March 18–22): canceled. Next edition is scheduled for March 2021.


China Guardian Hong Kong canceled the sales set for July 9–10, which will be consolidated instead with the house’s October series.

Read more about AAP’s reporting on Hong Kong auction houses here.

China

As previously a second wave of infection approached, the Chinese government has adopted targeted policies in areas of outbreak, including Beijing. Most museums and galleries have reopened with precautionary measures. Some cultural institutions remain closed as they have not released information about their upcoming shows.

Beijing

Techne Triennial at CAFA Museum: postponed indefinitely.

JINGART: The Beijing art fair, scheduled for May 21–24, canceled its 2020 edition. “No matter how long the Winter, the Spring is sure to follow,” organizers wrote in their email announcement.

Shanghai

PSA Shanghai: closed from June 1–June 23 for the changing of exhibitions.

Prada Rong Zhai: Alex Da Corte’s “Rubber Pencil Devil” has been postponed to November 13, and will run until January 24, 2021.

Guangzhou

He Art Museum: the new platform’s opening has been pushed back, with no date announced yet; the inaugural exhibition was originally scheduled to run from March to July.

Australia

As of August 3, 18,300 cases were recorded across the country. Victoria is facing a second wave of coronavirus infections, and a six-week lockdown order has just come into force in Melbourne. Queensland has just announced a hard border closure with New South Wales. Latest news report here.

Melbourne 

Anna Schwartz Gallery: announced temporary closure from July 9 onwards, following the latest public health directions from the Victorian government. 

Heide Museum, Victoria: temporary closure due to restrictions; a number of exhibitions were on view, including “Remember Me” featuring Joy Hester, “Memory Horizon” featuring Carolyn Eskdale, and “Fistimuff” featuring Archie Barry, amongst others. 

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne: announced temporary closure from July 9 onwards, following the latest public health directions from the Victorian government. 

Sutton Gallery: temporarily closed. Jon Campbell’s “Gone to see a man about a dog” will be on view at its online Viewing Room until September 5.


Melbourne Art Fair: the event, originally planned for June 18–21, has been rescheduled to February 4–7, 2021.

Hobart

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA): closed from March 18 until further notice.

Japan

Japan has lifted its state of emergency for Tokyo and four neighboring prefectures on May 26. The national museums have reopened on June 2, following the scattered reopenings in further prefectures. While Tokyo coronavirus cases spike, experts and government officials dismissed a second wave of infections. Fukuyama Art Museum in Hiroshima is closed due to contacts with visitors infected by coronavirus. Latest news report here

Tokyo Region

Galleries at Complex 665: Tomio Koyama Gallery is currently closed for summer holidays until August 17, with Kishio Suga’s “Released Scenic Space” set to run from August 19 to September 26. Taka Ishii Gallery is also closed for the holiday through August 24; Tomoo Gokita’s solo exhibition, originally slated for May 16, will run from August 28 through September 26.

SCAI the Bathhouse: closed for holidays through August 15. Mariko Mori’s “”https://www.scaithebathhouse.com/en/exhibitions/2020/09/central/“>Central” is scheduled for September 11 to October 17 with reservations only.

Nezu Museum: announced plans to reopen September 19 with “Adventures in Monochrome: Early Modern Japanese Ink-Wash and Brush-Line Painting.” 

ShugoArts at Complex 665: closed for renovations until September 1; an online show, “Yukio Fujimoto Sound Album,” is available now through August 31. 


Art Fair Tokyo 2020: canceled and offers refund for tickets, according to public notice. The 2021 edition, however, has been announced on May 29.

Art in Park Hotel Tokyo 2020: cancelled.

Kanto Region

Ichihara Art x Mix 2020: originally scheduled to open from March 20 to May 17; postponement announced for same time next year, with Instagram project “Artists’ Breath” now online.

Chubu Region

Northern Alps Art Festival 2020: originally slated for May 31 to July 19; postponed until further notice.

Indonesia

Indonesia relaxed regional lockdown restrictions in June and has seen a rising trend in cases since then. As of August 4, the total number of cases nationwide surpassed 115,000.

Cemeti Institute, Yogyakarta: closed since March 25.

Art Jakarta: cancelled; will return in 2021 from August 27 to 29 at the Jakarta Convention Center.

ArtJog: cancelled and will return in 2021, with exact dates yet to be confirmed. Virtual exhibition ARTJOG: RESILIENCE to be held at Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, from August 8 to October 10, 2020.

Jakarta Biennale: delayed until the second half of 2021.

Philippines

In the Philippines, the amount of confirmed cases has surpassed 106,000 as of August 4. After the easing of nationwide lockdowns in June, president Duterte has announced a two-week stay-at-home restriction in Manila and surrounding provinces, following a record of 5,032 infections on Sunday. Public transport services and domestic flights have been suspended.

Manila

Ateneo Art Gallery: currently closed. “The World According to Charlie Co” was slated to run through August 23; the annual Ateneo Art Awards (AAA) was cancelled on April 16 and will resume in 2021; the gallery launched the Marciano Galang Acquisition Prize Program to support the Filipino art community through the pandemic crisis, details here

Finale Art File: temporarily closed; Paulo Vinluan’s solo exhibition slated to open August 25.

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD): closed until further notice.

Silverlens Gallery: currently closed due to regional lockdowns. Exhibitions featuring Dashiell Manley and Patricia Perez Eustaquio will be on view until September 5.

University of the Philippines, Vargas Museum: closed from March 16 until further notice; virtual tours of exhibitions “Kwarantin” by Junyee and “Form | Kata Proto-type” by Roberto M.A. Robles are available here.

1335Mabini: closed from March 13 until further notice.

India

After easing restrictions on June 3, India’s government has announced targeted regional lockdowns and other precautionary measures. Museums and galleries remain closed.

New Delhi

The National Gallery of Modern Art: closed until further notice. Virtual exhibitions are available.

Gallery Espace: closed from March 20 until further notice; online exhibitions available on the virtual platform “In Touch” through July 23. 

Ojas Art Gallery: closed; virtual exhibition “Fables of the Earth” celebrating Indian indigenous art is on view until August 20.

Kolkata

Experimenter Gallery: closed both of its spaces, on Hindustan Road and Ballygunge Place, starting from March 17, with various short films sequentially on view at online film exhibition “Filament” from July 10 to August 20.

Palestine

As of August 4, there are over 15,500 recorded cases of Covid-19 in the Palestinian territories, with lockdowns extended across the West Bank.

The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit: closed from March 23 until further notice; launched online program “Museum from Home” to provide cultural and educational content.

United Arab Emirates

The Dubai government has announced the reopening of local theaters, gyms, and leisure venues on May 28. Since then, cultural institutions and commercial galleries in the emirate are slowly following suit. Museums in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are more cautious about the reopenings. Dubai reopened to tourists on July 7. Latest news report here.

Dubai

Art Dubai: canceled. A smaller program of cultural events, scheduled to run during the fair’s original run dates, March 25–28, has also been canceled.

Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery: closed from March 8 until further notice; virtual exhibitions and programs available since May 19.

Thailand

Thailand’s government has halted quarantine exemptions for travellers from certain countries following a spike in cases. The country has reported a total of 3,250 cases as of July 21, after lockdowns eased in July. 

100 Tonson Gallery: closed from March 19 indefinitely.

BAB Box: closed from March 20. 

Bangkok Art Biennale has been rescheduled to run 29 October 2020 to 31 January 2021.

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