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Jan 31 2020

How the Coronavirus is Impacting Cultural Institutions

by ArtAsiaPacific

*Last updated September 15, 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 27,000,000 people have been infected and more than 880,000 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

India

India has reported 4,204,613 cases of the coronavirus as of September 7. As India’s government continues to lift lockdown, educational institutions, museums, and galleries gradually reopen.

New Delhi

Gallery Espace: open from Monday to Saturday, 10am–7pm.

Kolkata

Experimenter Gallery: recently reopened.

Philippines

In the Philippines, the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 237,000 as of September 7. While lockdowns have been eased in most of the country, general community quarantine restrictions in metro Manila have been extended to September 30. 

Manila

Finale Art File: remains open to limited visitors at a time.

Silverlens Gallery: open by appointment only, Tuesdays through Saturdays. 

1335Mabini: open by appointment from August 20 to September 18.

Singapore

The government of Singapore confirmed 662 active cases as of September 6, after a spike in mid-August. The city continues to gradually reopen with social distancing measures in businesses and organizations.

Gillman Barracks: reopened June 19 with safety measures in place. Chris Huen’s “Flowers Wilting in a New Day” opened at Ota Fine Arts on August 22 and runs until October 3. 

National Gallery of Singapore: reopened on June 26, with enhanced preventative measures in place

NTU CCA Singapore: group exhibition “Non-Aligned” on view until September 27; Read the latest news on NTU CCA at Gillman Barracks here.

STPI: reopened with safety measures in place.

Yavuz Gallery: open Tuesdays through Sundays and by appointment on Mondays.

Vietnam

On September 15, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported a total of 1,063 cases. Vietnam’s borders remain closed, as non-essential businesses close their doors temporarily and social distancing policies continue. 

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City: the solo exhibitions of Hương Ngô and Thy Nguyễn are on view until October 4.

United Arab Emirates

As of September 15, there have been 80,266 cases in the UAE. The Dubai government announced the reopening of local theaters, gyms, and leisure venues on May 28, and opened 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: resumed regular opening hours on September 2. Michael Rakowitz’s major survey is on view until November; and the annual Artist’s Room programs by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Larissa Sansour and Taysir Batniji are open until January 2021.

Sharjah

Maraya Art Centre: reopened on May 28 with precautionary measures in place. 

Sharjah Art Foundation: exhibition “Art in the Age of Anxiety” is on view until September 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. 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.

Palestine

As of September 7, there are 31,929 recorded cases of Covid-19 in the Palestinian territories, with lockdowns continuing across the West Bank. 

The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit: recently reopened with added precautions.

Turkey

Turkey is currently dealing with a rise in cases. As of September 14 there are 1,716 new cases confirmed. After president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s announcement on May 28 regarding the reopening of all public leisure places, major art museums resumed opening hours on June 16. On September 12, Istanbul authorities announced new social distancing measures to curb the rise in cases. 

Arter: reopened with 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; the 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 to Saturday: 11am–6pm; Sunday, 12–6pm. 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 collections, talks, and projects accessible online. Exhibition, “Between Empires, Beyond Borders” will be on view until December 27. 

South Korea

A new outbreak has been linked to a church in Seoul. As of September 15, the government has confirmed a total of 22,391 cases since the virus first hit, and schools have been closed until September 11. MMCA has been closed for now. Latest news report here

Amado Art Space: remains open.

Arario Gallery, Seoul: open Tuesdays through Saturdays, with Eko Nugroho’s solo exhibition, “Lost in Parody” which will run until November 14. 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: Jinnie Seo’s solo exhibition “Her Sides of Us” is on view by appointment until September 29.

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

One and J. Gallery: open Tuesdays through Sundays.

Perrotin: open weekdays 10am-6pm.

PKM Gallery: open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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. 

Whistle: “1,056 Hours” featuring Sulki and Min on view from September 11 to October 24.

Japan

As of September 15, Japan has reported 75,657 total cases. Numbers continue to rise, though lockdown measures have yet to be implemented. 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 22. 

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: Kishio Suga’s “Released Scenic Space” set to run from August 19 to September 26 at Tomio Koyama Gallery; at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tomoo Gokita’s solo exhibition will run from August 28 through September 26; ShugoArts has reopened.

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka: will open to the general public in September with tickets on sale from August 25, though the museum is scheduled to close from November to December for maintenance.

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art: closed until September 18 to prepare for upcoming exhibition. The exhibition,“Time Flows: Reflections by 5 Artists”, will be open for the public from September 19 to January 11, 2021. Reservations are required to visit the exhibition. 

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 before 5pm. Starting on September 14, admission on weekdays will not require advance bookings. “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; limited tickets are available for the special exhibition, to make a reservation click here.  

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.

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

SOMPO Museum of Art: open Tuesdays through Sundays.

The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT): reopened on June 11 with preventative measures based on safeguarding guidelines.

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum: open with regular hours.

Tokyo National Museum: open with regular hours, with several regular exhibitions on view. All visitors must make an online reservation before entering the museum. 

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery: currently closed for exhibition changeover.

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.

Tohoku Region

Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art: reopened July 11, with pre-registration and safety measures in place. 

Tokai Region

Mie Prefectural Museum of Art: reopened from May 12, with updated precaution and safety guidelines. 

Kanto Region

Art Tower Mito: reopened with events scheduled through November.

Chiba City Museum of Art: reopened on July 11, with precautions in place. 

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.

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 is running 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: open with advanced reservation required and precautionary measures in place. Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Post Vitam” is on view through October 4. There are updated safety guidelines here.

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts: reopened on May 26 with preventive measures in place. Exhibition “The 50 Year Anniversary of the Death of Shima Seien” will run until October 11.

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art: reopened on June 2 with preventive measures. Akira Minagawa’s “minä perhonen” will be on view through November 8. 

Kyoto National Museum: open with precautions. Special exhibition “Kannon Worship: The Thirty-three Pilgrimage Sites of Western Japan” 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: fully reopened with normal operations. 

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; temporarily closed for exhibition change until September 15.

Kyushu Region

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

Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto: reopened on May 21 with exhibition of the museum’s collection.

Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art: reopened from May 7 with a family exhibition on the world of royalty scheduled to run until September 22.

Kyushu National Museum: reopened on June 2, with the maximum number of visitors restricted to 200. Exhibition “YAMATO: The Cradle of Japanese Civilization” will run until December 20.

Hong Kong

With a decline in cases and the lifting of restrictions for restaurants, gyms, and public facilities; many galleries have opened up to the public. Some of the restrictions were lifted August 25, though travellers to Hong Kong are required to provide negative test results. Latest news report here.

Southern District

Axel Vervoodt: open Thursday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday is offered by appointment only.

Ben Brown Fine Arts: open Mondays through Saturdays.

Blindspot Gallery, De Sarthe, Empty Gallery, Gallery Exit and Rossi & Rossi: open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Hong Kong Island

a.m. space, Galerie du Monde, Soluna Fine Art: open Mondays through Saturdays.

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

Galerie Ora-Ora: Szelit Cheung’s solo exhibition “ , ” is on view until September 19 at the gallery’s new space in Soho 189, Sheung Wan.

Flowers Gallery, Whitestone Gallery, Karin Weber, Tang Contemporary Art: open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Lehmann Maupin, Lévy Gorvy, Massimo de Carlo: open by appointment only.

Blue Lotus Gallery: open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm.

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

Asia Art Archive: fully reopened.

Asia Society Hong Kong: reopened on August 28; ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition” will be available upon reopening until September 27; “Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong” has been extended to run from May 8 to January 3, 2021.

Hong Kong Arts Centre: currently open; the events of “Fantaisie Ordinaire” have been updated.

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.

Para Site: reopened.

Tai Kwun: reopened. Exhibition “My Body Holds Its Shape” on view until September 27.

Kowloon

Perrotin: open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am–7pm.

Tomorrow Maybe: open everyday, 11am–9pm.

C&G Artpartment: open, with upcoming exhibitions yet to be announced.

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

Hong Kong Museum of Art: reopened starting from 14 September 2020 (Monday) with special opening hours: 10am-5pm, Fridays through Wednesdays.

M+ Pavilion: reopened on September 16; “Shirley Tse: Stakes and Holders” is extended to November 1.

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

Sun Museum: reopened. “Drifting Cloud, Flowing Water: Artistic Journeying” by Jose S. S. Yu will run from September 15 to November 21 2020. 

New Territories

Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT): reopened with “Sight Unseen – Forking Paths in the CHAT Collection” on display.

Hanart TZ Gallery, Kwai Chung: open Mondays through Saturdays.

Australia

On September 15, the Australian government reported 26,692 total cases across the country. Victoria is facing a second wave of coronavirus infections, and Melbourne’s six-week lockdown order came into force on August 2. Queensland has announced a hard border closure with New South Wales. Latest news report here.

Sydney

Biennale of Sydney (BoS): continues at multiple locations.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art: reopened. In Sydney, the exhibitions “Dean Cross: Monuments” and “Holding Patterns” are scheduled to run until October 1 and 23 respectively.

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”. Min Wong’s solo show “Inner workout” is currently open and will run until September 27.

Campbelltown Arts Centre: reopened on June 1, with the 22nd Biennale of Sydney “NIRIN” on view until October 11.

Chalk Horse: reopened and returned to normal trading hours on June 2. 

Galerie Pompom: open Wednesdays through Sundays.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: reopened on June 16 with safety measures in place.

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery: open to public from Tuesday to Saturday.

Sarah Cottier Gallery: currently open from Wednesdays to Saturdays or by appointment.

Yavuz Gallery, Sydney: open Tuesdays through Saturdays and by appointment otherwise.

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

Brisbane

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane: open Thursdays through Saturdays.

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. Solo exhibitions featuring Margaret Dodd, Kirsten Coelho, Troy-Anthony Baylis, and Tom Moore on view beginning August 1.

Perth

Art Gallery of Western Australia: reopened on June 6 with several ongoing shows on display; “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 September 15, the country has confirmed 1,801 total cases. Many galleries and museums have shuttered their doors in response. Latest news report here

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki: reopened with safety precautions on August 31. Exhibitions on view include “Civilization, Photography, Now”, which will run through October 18. “Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige, and the Art of Edo Japan” remains available virtually

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetū: remains open, with contact tracing and social distancing measures in place. 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. 

Starkwhite: reopened; group exhibition “Slippery Painting” to run from its reopening to October 3.

Te Papa Tongarewa | Museum of New Zealand: open with precautions in place.

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: open Tuesday to Sunday.

CAFA Museum: open; virtual exhibition “The Creation of Ancient Impression” will run until December 31.

Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing: Zhang Xuerui’s solo exhibition will run until October 25.

Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing: open with exhibition of Hyundai Blue Prize 2019, “Play societies: wolves, lynx and ants” remains available virtually.

M Woods: M Woods Art Community (Hutong) reopened on May 2; a dual-film exhibition “Radical Hybridity” by Yinka Shonibare CBE will be on view from August 25 to October 11.

Red Brick Art Museum: reopened for visitors with ticketed entry. Group exhibition “2020 +” is scheduled from August 1 to October 18.

UCCA Beijing: Elizabeth Peyton’s “Practice” is on view until November 29.

UCCA Dune: reopened on April 30.

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

Shanghai

Asia Art Center Shanghai: open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10am-6:30pm. 

MadeIn Gallery: recently relocated to One Museum Place. Its inaugural exhibition “Illusive Particles” featuring seven artists will open August 22 to September 21.  

Ming Contemporary Art Museum: open. 

Ota Fine Arts Shanghai: open Tuesday to Sunday.

PSA Shanghai: open; tickets available online.

TANK: open from Tuesday to Sunday; group exhibition “More, More, More” is on view until January 31.

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

ShanghART Shanghai: the M50 space will be closed until October 20; its main location at West Bund remains open.

West Bund Museum: open Tuesday to Sunday.

Yuz Museum: reopened, upcoming exhibition details TBA; Yuz Project Space of Art will host André Butzer’s solo show “Light, Colour and Hope” from September 26 to January 10. 

Shanghai Center of Photography: open Tuesday to Sunday.

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.

Taiwan

Most 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 promise to clean the public spaces more frequently throughout the day. 

All galleries are open to the public.

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

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): open with normal operating hours.

Tainan Art Museum: “1957–1983: The Internationalist Taiwanese Printmaking” will be on view from September 10 to December 13.

Israel

As of September 7, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Israel has exceeded 130,000. A state of emergency will be declared from September 7 to November 6, and social distancing and other preventive measures have been implemented.

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.

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. The province of Sahab has been closed off due to a spike in cases.

Nabad Gallery, Amman: group exhibition “On Show” is open from August 12 to October 31. “On Show” features works from Khalid Khreis, Eman Haram, and Essam Maarouf, among others.

Thailand

Thailand’s government has halted quarantine exemptions for travellers from certain countries following a spike in cases. The lockdowns eased in July and the country has reported more than 3,400 cases.

Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok: open Tuesday to Sunday.

Bangkok Art and Culture Center: open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–9pm.

Bangkok CityCity Gallery: Dhanut Tungsuwan’s “Memory Machine” is on view until October 3.

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: open Tuesday to Saturday.

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 several clusters of infections. As of September 7, the country has a total of 9,397 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.

Macau

Macau has confirmed 46 cases of Covid-19.

Creative Macau, Centre for Creative Industries: open Mondays through Saturdays.

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: open.

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 with 2,894 active cases as of September 7; 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” will run until April 2021.

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

South Korea

A new outbreak has been linked to a church in Seoul. As of September 7, the government has confirmed a total of 21,296 cases since the virus first hit, and schools have been closed until September 11. MMCA has been closed for now. Latest news report here.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA): all branches across Gwacheon, Seoul, Deoksugung, and Cheongju are temporarily closed, with reopening dates yet to be confirmed.

Lebanon

There are 20,426 cases of coronavirus infections reported in the country as of September 7. 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 spike in coronavirus cases prompted a series of sweeping measures across the city, including restrictions on gyms, restaurants, and public facilities as well as museums. Restrictions were lifted August 25, though travellers to Hong Kong are required to provide negative test results. Latest news report here.

The University of Hong Kong – University Museum and Art Gallery: closed until September 22 2020. Wesley Tongson’s “Mountain Taoist”, Hou Beiren’s “Clouds of Ink, Pools of Colour”, and Chak’s “Landscapes and Other Natural Occurrences” have all been extended to November.

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.

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

Edouard Malingue: moving locations, new gallery location has yet to be announced.

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: on September 16, the museum announced that it will finally be open on October 1, with an inaugural exhibition “From the Mundane World,” curated by Feng Boyi.

Australia

On September 7, the Australian government reported 26,322 total cases across the country. Victoria is facing a second wave of coronavirus infections, and Melbourne’s six-week lockdown order came into force on August 2. Queensland has 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. 

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

As of September 7, Japan has reported 71,419 total cases. Numbers continue to rise, though lockdown measures have yet to be implemented. News report here.

Tokyo Region  

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

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 September 7, the total number of cases nationwide exceeded 194,000.

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 from August 8 to October 10, 2020, with limited physical exhibitions at Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta.

Jakarta Biennale: delayed until the second half of 2021.

Philippines

In the Philippines, the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 237,000 as of September 7. While lockdowns have been eased in most of the country, general community quarantine restrictions in metro Manila have been extended to September 30.

Manila

Ateneo Art Gallery: currently closed. The annual Ateneo Art Awards (AAA) were 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

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

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.

India

India has reported 4,204,613 cases of the coronavirus as of September 7.  As India’s government continues to lift lockdown, educational institutions, museums, and galleries gradually reopen.

New Delhi 

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

Ojas Art Gallery: closed.

United Arab Emirates

As of September 7, there have been 73,984 cases in the UAE. The Dubai government announced the reopening of local theaters, gyms, and leisure venues on May 28, and opened borders to international tourists on July 7. Latest news report here.

Dubai

Art Dubai: canceled. The 2021 edition will take place from March 17 to 20, 2021. 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.

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 3,445 cases as of September 7, 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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