All galleries public and private are now closed or online only. The National Gallery has closed due to the Coronavirus. They had already cancelled their highly anticipated Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition, scheduled to open on 4th April. All Tate Galleries, The British Museum, The Royal Academy, The Serpentine, V&A, The Southbank (Hayward). Whitechapel, The Barbican, The National Portrait Gallery, ICA, Wellcome Collection, South London Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Beaconsfield, Modern Art Oxford, Photographer’s Gallery, Hepworth Wakefield and Dulwich Picture Gallery have now closed to the public until further notice. The London Original Print Fair, a Spring fixture at the Royal Academy has been postponed without naming a future date. All London and UK regional Museums including The Science and Natural History museums are closed.
Art Night one of Artlyst’s favourite annual events as well as RIBOCA2, the second edition of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art has been postponed. The Liverpool Biennial is still playing it by ear as to whether it will go ahead in July.
Other London galleries closed or open by appointment only
Gagosian, David Zwirner, Annely Juda, Alison Jacques, Victoria Miro, Goodman Gallery, Sadie Coles, Richard Saltoun, Sprüth Magers, Lisson, Marian Goodman, Timothy Taylor, Carl Freedman, Sid Motion, Edel Assanti, Arcadia Missa, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Pilar Corrias, Tiwani Contemporary and Hannah Barry and Jack Bell, Unit London, Bernard Jacobson, Matt’s Gallery, The Mayor Gallery, Cristea Roberts, White Cube, The Ben Uri Gallery and more.
Galerie Thaddeus Ropac has decided to shut its London and Paris galleries from today until further notice, in addition to its Salzburg gallery which was closed over the weekend. They will be open by appointment only, as will Levy Gorvy.
The COVID pandemic is sighted. The National Gallery stated, “We are very disappointed” about having to postpone the first-ever major UK exhibition of the female Old Master, Artemisia Gentileschi but called the move “sadly unavoidable.” The show, which was inspired by the museum’s $4.5 million acquisition of a self-portrait by the artist in 2018, will be rescheduled at some point.
The ICA has also closed temporarily with immediate effect. They released a statement, “Following careful consideration of the current course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the entire ICA (exhibition spaces, Cinema, Theatre, Bookstore and Rochelle Canteen) will close to visitors and staff until further notice. Stefan Kalmár, Director of The Institute of Contemporary Arts, said: ‘Today I decided, together with the senior management-team and Wolfgang Tillmans, Chair of the ICA, that it is in the best interests of our staff and the ICA community to temporarily close.
‘As a civic-minded public organisation, for us, the medical and scientific evidence leaves no doubt that the Covid-19 spread can be slowed down, lives saved if all larger gatherings are suspended. By doing so, the ICA pre-empts what we hope will eventually be the decision for all cultural organisations in London and the UK in order to safeguard our staff, our visitors, and the artists with whom we work. We will continue to review the situation daily and hope we can resume our programme as soon as possible. All ICA staff will work from home and continue to be paid.
‘In the meantime, our thoughts go out to all those whose health is impacted here in London, across the UK, Europe and the world.’
The Camden Arts Centre has also shut in response to increasing concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 (or Coronavirus), and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors, Camden Arts Centre has taken the decision to close its galleries, cafe, garden, bookshop and studios, effective immediately, until further notice. This follows the suspension of our public programme, courses and events last week.
The Whitechapel said, In response to growing concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and community of visitors, Whitechapel Gallery is closing today, 17 March 2020 at 18.00, until further notice.
While our building is closed, our staff will continue to work proactively to support our artists, audiences and communities over the coming weeks, and our digital channels remain open to ensure you are kept up to date.