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Jan 31 2020

How the Coronavirus is Impacting Cultural Institutions

by ArtAsiaPacific

*Last updated May 27, 2020.

Illustration by Renee Li for ArtAsiaPacific. 

The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to more than 100 countries has reached global pandemic proportions, according to the World Health Organization’s announcement on May 3. More than 3,300,000 have been infected and nearly 240,000 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 across Asia, Europe, and the United States.

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

WHAT’S OPEN

Japan

Japan has lifted its state of emergency for Tokyo and four neighboring prefectures on May 26. The national museums are scheduled to reopen on June 2. A small number of museums and galleries have announced scattered reopenings, but many remain closed until further notice.

Tokyo Region

Galleries at Complex 665: Tomio Koyama Gallery offers viewings of artworks by appointment only, from May 12 to May 31; Satoshi Hirose’s solo exhibition “Strange Loop” rescheduled to open on June 5. Taka Ishii Gallery is operating by appointment, with Tomoo Gokita’s solo exhibition which is due to open on May 16, postponed until further notice.

Yayoi Kusama Museum: Reopened on May 27 with timed entry; tickets must be purchased in advance only through the museum’s website.

Tokai Region

Mie Prefectural Museum of Art: reopened from May 12 but museum shop only opens on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; further changes may occur depending on the situation.

Kansai Region

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art: reopened on May 19 with preventive measures in place.

Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art: limited reopening on 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.

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts: reopened on May 26 with preventive measures in place.

Shikoku Region

Hiroshima City Museum of Modern Art: limited reopening from May 19 of galleries and sculpture garden while other areas remain closed.

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum: reopened on May 12 with Kawabata Ryushi’s retrospective on view through June 21.

Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum: reopened on May 26, with exhibition of works by Vilhelm Hammershøi on view until June 7.

Kyushu Region

Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art: partially reopened from May 7; next exhibition unknown.

Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu: reopened on May 26, with Jasphy Zheng’s solo exhibition on view until August 7.

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

Hong Kong

Southern District

Axel Vervoodt: Bosco Sodi, “A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains” until September 5, by appointment only.

Ben Brown Fine Arts: new space opens in The Factory, Wong Chuk Hang on June 15, with Rosamond Brown’s solo exhibition “Reflections in Isolation” on view until August 15.

Blindspot Gallery: “Anonymous Society for Magick” is extended to June 13.

De Sarthe: Andrew Luk and Chu Teh-Chun’s exhibition “Shifting Landscapes” is extended to June 27.

Gallery Exit: open with modified hours: 12pm–6pm, Tues–Sat; Chow Chun Fai’s exhibition “Portraits from Behind” is extended to May 30.

Rossi & Rossi: Rasheed Araeen, “Going East, Again” and Siah Armajani, “1957–1976” are open through May 30.

Hong Kong Island

Alisan Fine Art: “Contemporary Forms of Ink Painting” in Aberdeen opens by appointment only until July 4.

Asia Art Archive: AAA Library resumed normal operation and opening hours from May 11.

Asia Society Hong Kong: reopened on May 7, with ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition” and “Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong” concurrently on view through September 27.

Hong Kong Arts Centre: Wan Chai building and theater open; “In the Course of Dancing, from Nightfall to Darkness” is temporarily closed with the end date extended to May 23.

Karin Weber: The group show “Castles In The Air” until May 30. Bosco Law’s solo exhibition “I am Fine” runs from June 4 through 22.

Lehmann Maupin: open with a show of Nari Ward and Robin Rhode until June 18.

Levy Gorvy: Tu Hongtao’s exhibition opens by appointment only until June 30 (instead of May 30).

Massimo de Carlo: open by appointment. Lee Kit’s solo exhibition “The Gazing Eyes Won’t Lie” opened until July 4.

Para Site: “Garden of Six Seasons” runs from May 16 to August 30.

Soluna Fine Art: Kim Young-Hu, “Diamond Mountain: Electronic Nostalgia,” until June 6.

Tai Kwun: open with reduced services until further notice. Exhibitions “They Do Not Understand Each Other” and “My Body Holds Its Shape” run through September.

Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong: “Transformation of Practices” runs through May 23. Next exhibition is He Duoling’s solo exhibition “Thunder Afar” which opens on May 28.

Villepin: Zao Wou-Ki, “Friendship & Reconciliation,” opens by appointment only through September 20.

Whitestone Gallery: Andreas Mühe’s solo exhibition “Pathos as Distance in Hong Kong” is scheduled to open from May 23 to June 27.

Kowloon

Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District: reopened; Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani’s audio-visual presentation “dis·play” is postponed to September 11–12.

The Hong Kong Museum of Art: partially reopened on May 6, with special opening hours and limited admission; exhibitions on view include “Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum,” available from May 15.

Hanart Square, Kwai Chung: first exhibition “Moving” opens June 20.

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

Sun Museum: reopened on May 7, only Tuesday to Saturday. Yeung Chun Tong’s solo exhibition “Auspicious Drawings” runs until August 22.

New Territories

Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT): reopened on May 14 with special hours and precautionary measures.

Hanart TZ Gallery: “State of Happiness” ended early due to the gallery’s relocation in Kwai Chung.

Australia

Many art museums and galleries in Australia have been closed since March. The country’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 102 as of May 26, while the government announces plans to gradually reopen institutions.

Sydney

Chalk Horse: Oliver Watts’s “The Retreat” and Sairi Yoshizawa’s “Amidst” are concurrently on view from May 28 to June 20.

Galerie Pompom: Hayley Megan French’s “The Pipeline (A Suburban Painting Project” and Tristan Chant’s “Prototype for a future” are concurrently on view through June 21.

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery: by appointment only; Callum Morton’s exhibition “View from a Bridge” opens on June 2.

Sarah Cottier Gallery: Group exhibition “Apparition” opens from May 21 to June 20, featuring 12 artists.

Yavuz Gallery, Sydney: reopened with Alvin Ong’s debut exhibition “Long Distance” running from May 14 through June 6.

New Zealand

New Zealand has banned non-residents from entering the country as of March 20, as the government closes all community facilities including museums. The alert level was moved back down from level 3 to level 2 on May 13, with museums scheduled to reopen soon with precautionary measures.

Starkwhite: reopened since May 14 with the exhibition “Sampler”, which includes works from their online presentation at the virtual Auckland Art Fair and runs through June 6.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu: reopened on May 15 with preventive measures. “Uncomfortable Silence,” a group exhibition by early career New Zealand artists, runs through July 19.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth: reopened on May 25, with Len Lye’s exhibition “Sky Snakes” on view.

South Korea

Art Sonje Center: reopened on March 24 with Hwayeon Nam’s solo exhibition, “Mind Stream,” which ended on May 10. No new exhibition has been announced yet.

Arario Gallery, Seoul: Park Youngsook’s solo exhibition, “Tears of a Shadow,” opens from March 26 to June 6.

Asian Cultural Center, Gwangju: reopened. The exhibition “Solidarity Spores” opened on May 15 and will run through October 25.

Amado Art Space: Pyoungjoo Seo’s solo exhibition “Ghost-walking” opens from May 8 to June 4; no opening reception to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Whistle: Group exhibition “Underneath the Postures” featuring On Kim, Miock Park, Eun Chun, and Minhong Pyo on show from April 24 to May 30. Min-ha Park solo exhibition is scheduled for June.

One and J. Gallery: Honggoo Kang’s “Study of Green-Seoul-Vacant Lot,” opened on May 1 through May 31. The next exhibition “Opportunity” is set to open from June 11 to July 12.

Various Small Fires: Josh Kline’s “Alternative Facts” exhibition is open until May 23. New group exhibition “Next of Kin” opens on May 30.

Gallery Baton: Tobias Rehberger, “Truths would be maddening without love” closed May 13. New exhibition: Rinus van de Velde, “On Another Plane of Existence” opens May 27 to June 27.

PKM Gallery: Yun Hyong-keun, “1989–1999” opens from April 23 to June 20.

Perrotin: Claire Tabouret, “Siblings” on through July 10.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), all four branches: partially reopened on May 6, taking only advanced bookings.

China

Beijing

Asia Art Center Beijing: Li Yushuang’s solo exhibition runs from May 16 to July 5.

Galerie Urs Meile: Qiu Shihua’s exhibition “Empty / Not Empty” is extended to May 31, open to the public.

M Woods: M Woods Art Community (Hutong) reopened on May 2; information of the next exhibition is yet to be announced. M Woods 798 (museum) remains closed until further notice.

Red Brick Art Museum: reopened, but visitors must follow precautionary measures and make a real-name reservation using Red Brick Art Museum’s official WeChat Mini Program at least one day in advance.

UCCA: 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 will end on September 6.

Beijing Gallery Weekend: postponed to open on May 22, VIP days May 22–24; public days May 26–31; exhibitions and programs closed on Monday, May 25.

X Museum: “How Do We Begin?”, the museum’s first Triennial opens on May 30.

Shanghai

ShanghART Shanghai: Group exhibition of 38 artists “Cache: From B to Z” is open until June 12.

Edouard Malingue: Zheng Zhou’s solo exhibition “Belly" ended on March 30; information of the next exhibition is yet to be announced.

Madein Gallery: open by appointment. Ding Li’s solo exhibition is extended to May 30.

Ota Fine Arts Shanghai: open by appointment only, 12–6pm from Tuesdays to Sundays; online private viewing room will last until June 6.

TANK: Group exhibition “More More More” is on view; Theaster Gates’s solo exhibition “Bad Neon” will open shortly, with details to be confirmed soon.

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum: Yang Jiecang’s exhibition of ink paintings, “3 Souls 7 Spirits,” ended on April 30; information of the next exhibition is yet to be announced.

West Bund Museum: “The Shape of Time: Highlights of The Centre Pompidou Collection,” opens until May 9, 2021.

PSA Shanghai: the PSA collection show, “The Return of Guests,” ended on May 17 with no upcoming exhibition announced.

Yuz Museum: “In Production: Art and the Studio System” is on view until June 30.

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

Guangzhou

Guangdong Times Museum: Group exhibition “Study of Things. Or a Brief Story about Fountain, Brick, Tin, Coin, Stone, Shell and Body” is scheduled to open on June 20.

Guangdong Museum of Art: Lin Ruoxi’s exhibition “Research on Water, Drawing for Water” runs through June 2.

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. 

Taipei Fine Arts Museum: precautionary measures adjusted on April 9; Erwin Wurm exhibition opened on April 2.

MOCA Taipei: precautionary measures adjusted on April 14; “Non-Freedom of Expression” opens until June 7; group exhibition “Perforated City” is scheduled to open on May 23.

Project Fulfill Art Space: opens as usual, with precautionary measures adopted; Heidi Voet’s solo exhibition “06myflipside” opens May 30.

Taipei Contemporary Cultural Lab (C-Lab): Yao Jui-Chung’s “Republic of Cynic (R.O.C.)” runs through July 5.

Da Xiang Art Space: Oyan Wen-Yuen and Chu Wei-Bor’s dual solo exhibition will open from June 13 through August 2.

Each Modern: Xu Qu, “Desert,” runs through June 6.

Nunu Fine Art: Hsu Jui-Chien’s solo exhibition “Gradient 13%” opens from May 10 to June 28. Coming up next is Doktor Karayom’s solo exhibition with schedule and details TBC.

Chini Gallery: Li Kuang-Yu, “Also Sprach,” opens through May 31. Liu Yung-jen’s “A Practitioner of Time” opens June 6.

Michael Ku Gallery: Group exhibition “Water” featuring Luo Jr-Shin, Wei Jia, Chiang Hsun, Lao Lianben, and Jian Yi-Hong opens from May 10 to July 26.

Double Square Gallery: real-name appointment required; Cynthia Sah’s “Selective Memory, A Creative Process” opens from May 12 to June 27.

Thailand

Bangkok Art and Culture Center: reopened on May 19, with opening hours 10am–7pm. 

Jim Thompson House Museum: reopened since April 12; current exhibition unknown.

Macau

Macau Museum of Art: reopened with exhibition “A Retrospective of Collaborations with the Palace Museum” on view through June 28.

Ox Warehouse: reopened; current exhibitions are “Wonderland” and “Women in a Foreign Land – a Saiyin Project”

Israel

CCA Tel Aviv: reopened with Sharif Waked’s solo exhibition “Balagan” running through June 20.

Braverman Gallery: opened on May 4.

Sommer Contemporary: re-opened on May 4 with Yael Bartana, “The Undertakers.”

WHAT’S CLOSED

South Korea

Most of the galleries have reopened their space by appointment only.

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art: closed but preparing to reopen with details TBC.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department suspended operations at all sports and cultural facilities beginning on January 29. On May 6, the government reopened some leisure venues, libraries, and museums in phases.

M+ Pavilion: reopened to extend the Sigg Prize 2019 exhibition to end on May 17—the winner was announced on May 13. Now closed again to replace exhibits and expects to reopen on July 1.

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.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong spring auction series has been rescheduled to the week of July 6, with further details to come.

Poly Auction Hong Kong has postponed its spring auction series (April), with details forthcoming.

China Guardian Hong Kong announced on February 18 that its spring auction series (April) will be delayed to late May, with details forthcoming. 

Bonhams Hong Kong announced on February 11 that its spring auction series (March) will be rescheduled, with details forthcoming.

Christie’s Hong Kong has delayed its May series, now rescheduled for the week of July 5.

China

Most of the museums and galleries have reopened with precautionary measures. Some 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

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

While the government plans to gradually reopen institutions, most galleries in Australia remain temporarily closed to protect the health and safety of both staff and visitors.

Sydney

Biennale of Sydney (BoS): all venues closed from March 24, but Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace and Campbelltown Arts Centre are scheduled to reopen on June 1, while Cockatoo Island and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia are scheduled to reopen on June 16; the festival has now been moved online to the Google Arts and Culture Platform.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art: closed from March 18 until further notice; programs have been rescheduled.

Art Gallery of New South Wales: scheduled to reopen on June 1 for BoS “NIRIN”; The Archibald, Wynne, & Sulman Prizes have been pushed back until later in the year.

Artspace Sydney: scheduled to reopen on June 1 for BoS “NIRIN”; the online commissioning platform “52 ACTIONS” opened on May 18.

Campbelltown Arts Centre: scheduled to reopen on June 1 for BoS “NIRIN,” along with other music programs.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: scheduled to reopen on June 16 for BoS “NIRIN” with exhibition period extended.

Sutton Gallery: all exhibitions have been moved to the gallery’s digital viewing room.

White Rabbit Gallery: closed from March 23 until further notice.

Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne: both the NGV International and NGV Australia sites will be closed until June 30. Some programs have been rescheduled to 2021.

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

Anna Schwartz Gallery: currently closed until such time as is safe to open.

Heide Museum, Victoria: closed until June 30.

Brisbane

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane: closed from March 17 until further notice, numerous exhibitions postponed and programs cancelled. A new commissioning initiative, “Making Art Work,” was launched on May 13.

Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane: closed from March 23 until further notice.

Hobart

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

Adelaide

Art Gallery of South Australia: temporarily closed but scheduled to reopen on June 5.

Perth

Art Gallery of Western Australia: closed from March 23 until further notice.

Japan

Japan has lifted its state of emergency for Tokyo and four neighbouring prefectures on May 26. The national museums are scheduled to reopen on June 2. A small number of museums and galleries have announced scattered reopenings, but many remain closed until further notice.

Tokyo Region

ShugoArts at Complex 665: remains closed since March 31 until further notice, with screenings and exhibition viewings moved online. Other galleries at Complex 665 have limited openings.
SCAI the Bathhouse: closed since March 25 with no upcoming exhibition announced.

21_21 Design Sight: closed until further notice. Gallery 1 & 2 will be reopened on June 1, and Gallery 3 on June 5, last updated on May 26.

Artizon Museum: originally “Bridgestone Museum of Art,” renamed after renovation; temporarily closed with three exhibitions postponed—last updated on April 8.

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka: temporarily closed with last update on April 13.

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art: closed from March 28 until further notice. The museum was scheduled to close at the end of 2020, due to the aging of the building, according to reports by Bijutsu Techo.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo: closed since March 26 until further notice.

Mori Art Museum, Mori Art Center Gallery: closed since February 29 until further notice.

The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT): closed with last update on March 30.

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT): closed with last update on March 13.

National Museum of Western Art (NMWA): temporarily closed with last update on March 13.

Nezu Museum: Exhibitions “The National Treasure Irises Screens: The Allure of Color” and “Tea Containers and Tea Bowls: Through the Eyes of Connoisseur” are both cancelled. Closure last updated on May 12.

Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art: “Georges Rouault and Japan: A Shared Spirit and Sense of Art” exhibition opening scheduled for May 9 has been further postponed for the time being.

SOMPO Museum of Art: “Commemorative Special Exhibition” opening scheduled for May 28 has been postponed.

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum: closed until further notice, last updated March 30.

Tokyo National Museum: closed until further notice, last updated March 25.

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery: closed until further notice.

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum: closed until further notice.

Art Fair Tokyo 2020: canceled and offers refund for tickets, according to public notice; the online version, AFT Art Hunting, is on the platform Art Scenes until May 31.

Art in Park Hotel Tokyo 2020: postponed to September 26–27 with previews on September 25.

Kanto Region

Art Tower Mito: temporary closure slated to end on May 30 with last update on April 28.

Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art: closed until further notice.

Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama: closed until August 31, updated on April 8.

Museum of Modern Art, Saitama: closed until May 31.

Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art: closed until May 31; schedule for June and beyond will be announced at a later date, based on the situation.

Yokohama Museum of Art: closed until further notice, updated May 1. The current exhibitions “Sumikawa Kiichi: a Retrospective” and “Yokohama Museum of Art Collection” have ended without plans to extend or reopen.

Ichihara Art x Mix 2020: originally scheduled to open from March 20 to May 17; postponement announced to same time next year.

Kansai Region

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Museum of Art: closed from February 22 until further notice.

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art: closed until further notice with last update on May 5.

Kyoto National Museum: closed until further notice.

Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka: closed until further notice.

National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK): closed from February 29 until further notice.

Nara National Museum: closed until further notice.

National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO): closed; scheduled to reopen on June 2.

Shikoku Region

Izumi Museum of Art: closed until further notice.

Kyushu Region

Kyushu National Museum: closed until further notice.

Chubu Region

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

Singapore

As confirmed cases reached over 30,000 as of May 26, Singapore is extending its partial lockdown by four weeks to June 1. In accordance with the Government’s latest Covid-19 advisory on the closure of museums, many art museums and galleries are temporarily closed until further notice.

National Gallery of Singapore: temporary closure slated to end on June 1.

NTU CCA Singapore: closed from April 6 until further notice.

Gillman Barracks: galleries and eateries are all closed temporarily until June 1.

STPI: scheduled to reopen on June 2.

Malaysia

Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur: closed since March 16.

Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur: closed since April 6.

Indonesia

Indonesia has extended its national emergency period to May 29 with more than 22,000 confirmed cases and 1,300 deaths as of May 26. Art institutions remain closed while festivals have announced cancellation of the 2020 editions.

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.

Jakarta Biennale: delayed until the second half of 2021.

Philippines

In the Philippines, the amount of confirmed cases has reached over 14,000 as of May 27. In line with government directives, most museums and galleries have been shuttered since mid-March.

Manila

Ateneo Art Gallery: closed from March 16 until further notice; 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

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

University of the Philippines Vargas Museum: closed from March 16 until further notice.

Silverlens Gallery: the gallery space is closed until further notice.

1335Mabini: closed from March 13 until further notice.

Finale Art File: remains closed.

The Drawing Room: remains closed.

India

On March 24, the Government of India announced that the nationwide lockdown will be extended for two more weeks beyond May 4, but with certain easing of restrictions. Most museums across India remain closed.

Delhi

The National Gallery of Modern Art:  closed until further notice.

Gallery Espace: closed from March 20 until further notice.

Ojas Art Gallery: postponed its March 27 exhibition “Reciprocation: American Fulbright Artists and India Connections” to a later date.

Kolkata

Experimenter Gallery: closed both of its spaces, on Hindustan Road and Ballygunge Place, starting from March 17.

New Zealand

New Zealand has banned non-residents from entering the country as of March 20, as the government closes all community facilities including museums. The alert level was moved back down from level 3 to level 2 on May 13, with museums scheduled to reopen soon with precautionary measures.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki: scheduled to reopen on June 13 with new exhibition details TBC.

Te Papa Tongarewa | Museum of New Zealand: scheduled to reopen on May 28.

Palestine

There are 423 recorded cases of Covid-19 in the Palestinian territories, as of May 26.

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

Lebanon

Lebanon has 1,119 confirmed cases as of May 26.

Sursock Museum: closed since March 19.

Beirut Art Center: office closed since March 16.

United Arab Emirates

All museums, historical sites and libraries are closed from March 15 and remain shuttered according to the guidelines from The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, but residents are now allowed to move from 6am to 10pm without a permit as the country eases lockdown restrictions from April 24.

Sharjah

Sharjah Art Foundation: all SAF spaces including shops and venues, are closed from March 16 until further notice. March Meeting, Sharjah: the 2020 edition of the event, meant to take place from March 21 to 23, has been postponed until further notice.

Maraya Art Centre: closed from March 14. A public online program tailored around the current exhibitions was announced on April 14.

Dubai

Jameel Arts Centre: closed from Monday March 16 until further notice.

Alserkal Avenue: galleries are open by appointment only, or you can visit virtual tours of the spaces online here.

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 are available starting from May 19.

Louvre Abu Dhabi: closed until further notice.

Thailand

Authorities in Bangkok have ordered the facilities including museums and galleries to close until April 30. Many of them have extended the closures as preventive measures. As of May 26, there are more than 3,000 infection cases and 57 deaths in Thailand.

100 Tonson Gallery: closed from March 19 through May 31.

Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok: two exhibitions have been postponed indefinitely: “Warawoot Shusaengthong: The Selected Collection,” originally scheduled to open on March 19; and “The Great Masters by 5 National Artists,” the opening of which was planned for April 2.

BAB Box: closed from March 20.

Bangkok CityCity Gallery: closed until further notice.

Turkey

The Istanbul Municipality has closed all museums and events have been canceled until further notice.

Arter: closed until further notice.

SALT Beyo─člu and SALT Galata: the buildings are closed until further notice but SALT’s collections, talks, and projects are accessible online.

Istanbul Modern: closed until further notice.

Pera Museum: closed until further notice.

Jordan

The Jordanian government closed its borders with Israel, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, as well as banning travelers from everal 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.

Macau

On March 14, the Cultural Affairs Bureau announced that several culture and creative spaces and museums will reopen from March 16. As of May 26, the city has only 45 cumulative confirmed cases.

TeamLab SuperNature Macao, at Sands Resort Macao: the debut of the new project has been postponed, but with no revised date yet confirmed.

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. All public visitors are now required to wear face masks, test body temperature, disinfect themselves with medical alcohol and leave contact information before entering the museum. 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. As for the galleries, some have decided to close their space while many carry on with their schedule. 

TKG+ Gallery: closed until further notice.

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