How some museums are combating COVID-19 closures

Tired of closed doors, a group of Hong Kong gallerists have come up with a solution to public access, which might just change the way we engage with museums in the future.

Museums, galleries and art fairs around the world have felt the impact of the COVID-19 virus, with some institutions in China and Hong Kong being closed since late January.

Globally, some museums have begun closing their doors, at least temporarily, to ward off the spread of the virus – including The Louvre in Paris, Palazzo Reale in Milan, the the Palazzo Ducale and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, among many others – while the new norm is supplying hand sanitiser, auto-ticketing and minimised crowd control.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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