Tag Archives: COVID-19

Announcement: Museum and gallery re-openings in London

Colnaghi opened July 3rd, by appointment only

One of their current exhibitions, The Golden Age of Spanish Modern Art, ‘offers a re-evaluation of Spanish painting at the turn of the 20th century, presenting exquisite and innovative works by Spanish artists, particularly from Catalan, who trained in the academies of Barcelona and spent most of their working lives in Paris. Visit us this summer as we place these artists back on an equal footing with the other great European painters of their day’.

The National Gallery, opens July 8th, open daily 11am– 4pm and Friday until 9pm, advanced online booking required

Their exhibition, Titian: Love, Desire Death, which reunites for the first time since the sixteenth century Titian’s six poesie paintings commissioned in 1551 by Prince Philip of Spain, has been extended until 17 January 2021. The exhibition will no longer be traveling to the National Gallery of Scotland. Visitors will also be able to see the newly acquired painting by Sorolla, The Drunkard, Zarauz.

The Royal Academy, opens to members on July 9th and to the general public on July 16th, Thurs–Sun: 11am– 4pm, advanced online booking required

Its exhibition Picasso and Paper, has been extended until 2nd August 2020. The exhibition features more than 300 drawings, prints, collages, and sculptures by Picasso, spanning his entire career and including studies for Guernica and a 4.8-metre-wide collage.

Whitechapel Gallery, opens July 14th, Tues-Sun: 11am- 5pm, advanced online booking required

Their exhibition program has been extended through the summer, including In the Eye of Bambi: ‘La Caixa’ Collection of Contemporary Art as Selected by Verónica Gerber Bicecci, which will now remain on show until 9 August 2020. The artist and writer Verónica Gerber Bicecci (b. 1981, Mexico) explores the effects of human and environmental catastrophe on landscape and language in this free display of photography, video, and installation. More information can be found in Whitechapel Gallery’s original press release for the In the Eye of Bambi.

New webinar series: ‘Museums in the Wake of COVID-19’, presented by Durham University and the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art. First session on Tuesday 7 July 2020, 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (UK time), via Microsoft teams

image: Durham University and the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us all to rethink our ways to travel, gather, and socialize. Museums and exhibition venues have not been exempt from necessary adjustments. These four informal early evening conversations are an occasion for reflecting upon the role of social media and the arts during lockdown and upon the challenges that the times post Covid-19 context will pose to the museum experience. They are intended as a dialogue on undertaking or prospect about the dialogue for new initiatives and positive responses to cope with the current uncertainty. 

We are delighted to be discussing these challenges with academics and curators, including representatives from the Real Academia de San Fernando, the Meadows Museum, the Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Bowes Museum, and the Royal Academy of Arts.  

We are pleased to announce below the speakers for our talks, scheduled at 6-7 pm (UK time) every Tuesday in July. Each session will include talks from experts on the topic. The 15-minute presentations will be followed by half an hour of informal conversation with the attendees.

Advanced registration is required for access to the webinar. Please send an email to one of the organisers Elisabetta Maistri (elisabetta.maistri@durham.ac.uk), or to Patricia Manzano Rodríguez (patricia.manzano-rodiguez@durham.ac.uk), both Ph.D. candidates at the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art, University College, MLAC, Durham University.

The four sessions will be:

JULY 7: Social Media and the Art Museum

Irene Llorca, José Guerrero and Emma Calvo, Managers of the Covid Art Museum on Instagram.

Isabel Sánchez-Bella Solís, Real Academia de San Fernando (Madrid). 

JULY 14: Temporary Exhibitions after Covid-19 Outbreak

Dr Amanda W. Dotseth, Curator in the Meadows Museum (Dallas, Texas).

Patrizia Piscitello, Head of Exhibitions and Loans in Museo di Capodimonte (Naples).

JULY 21: Impact of Covid-19 in Temporary Exhibitions 

Helen Dorey MBE, FSA, Deputy Director and Inspectress at Sir John Soane’s Museum (London).

Dr Jane Whittaker, Head of Collections at the Bowes Museum (co. Durham).

JULY  28: Educational Mission of Museums and Covid-19 

Dr Rebecca Lyons, Director of Collections & Learning, Royal Academy of Arts (London)

Prof. Nuria Rodríguez Ortega, Head of the Art History Department of the Universidad de Málaga (Málaga).

Leonardo Impett, Bibliotheca Hertziana (Rome) and Durham University (to be confirmed). 

Museum Reopening Update: The Prado

Watch the installation of Reunited (6/6/20 – 13/9/20), as the Prado’s director, Miguel Falomir, discusses the exhibition on the museum’s Youtube channel

The Prado has reopened a quarter of its gallery space with Reunited, a new display of nearly 200 paintings from its permanent collection. The exhibition will run until 13 September 2020. The museum’s masterpieces are displayed in novel juxtapositions, offering a new perspective on the permanent collection. For example, for the first time Rubens’ 17th-century “Saturn Devouring His Son” will be adjacent to Francisco Goya’s depiction of the same subject, painted nearly 200 years later. See the Prado’s website for more details on the works included, the new pairings, and additional videos on the exhibition.

The Prado has reopened with a limited capacity of only 1,800 people per day, compared to 15,000 on peak days last year. Visitors will have to book at least 24 hours in advance, have their temperatures checked at the entrance, wear masks throughout the visit, and there will be markings on the floor to indicate safe distances. The museum’s finances remain a concern despite reopening. Ticket prices will be halved until September 13th, and as the museum receives approximately half its funding from ticket sales. Furthermore, foreign tourists usually represent 70-80% of its visitors. The director of the Prado, Miguel Falomir, plans to showcase the museum’s permanent collection, which will help lower costs. Like many in the art world, he is concerned about the sustainability of the expensive ‘blockbuster exhibition’ model, which relies on loans from international collections and includes high insurance costs. However, in an interview with AFP, Falomir ended on a positive note, stating ‘It will take a while, but tourists will once again fill up the museums’.

Information for this post was taken from AFP Relax News, Hoy es arte, and El Museo Nacional del Prado.

Museums online: content from the National Gallery of Ireland, the Museo del Prado, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, and Google Arts and Culture

Virtual tour of ‘Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored’ at the National Gallery of Ireland

Photo © National Gallery of Ireland. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), The Departure of the Prodigal Son, 1660s.

The Gallery is scheduled to reopen on July 20th, but until then you can visit virtually. The online version features a 360 degree image of the exhibition with the possibility to zoom in on the paintings and read the accompanying labels and text panels.

‘Discovering the Collection’ video series from the Museo del Prado

The museum’s director, conservators, curators, archivists, and other experts present 5-10 minute talks focused on key aspects of the permanent collection, including individual works and entire areas, such as the rare books from the museum’s library (in Spanish).

‘Despite the Distance’ video series from the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga in Lisbon

The director, researchers, and the heads of various departments have recorded short talks from inside the museum during the lockdown to share details about the history and conservation of various works in the collection (in Portuguese).

Google Arts and Culture virtual collections

This site features virtual museum visits from around the world, which you can navigate with a map or alphabetically,such as the Muesu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona or the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City. It is also worth exploring the other features of the site, including high definition images, narrated talks about individual works, virtual tours of famous sites, and much more.

Reopening Museums and Galleries in Spain Post Lockdown: A guide from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport

Photo: ICOM

The Spanish government’s Ministry of Culture and Sport has recently published a document detailing how museums and galleries may be able to manage visitors and collections once lockdown has been fully lifted in Spain. Xanthe Brooke has written a summary of their guidance:

‘In addition to implementing hygiene and physical distancing rules the Dept. considers that in the short term at least there will be no room for block-buster exhibitions attracting mass tourism, nor social and educational activities attracting groups of visitors, and that cultural activities should resume with the limitation of capacity to one third. Museum libraries, archives and research rooms will not be available to the public until the de-escalation phases have been completed and, in any case, assistance by telematic means will prevail. 

Instead museums and galleries should continue to make their collections accessible by placing their collections online by digitisation, virtual reality, and other technological means. The Dept. goes on to state that though lower visitor numbers might increase the quality of the visit, it might also lead to a more ‘elitist museum’, and so museums must ensure that future visitors are diverse, and seek out methods in which participation can involve different sectors of society.

The Reina Sofía Museum of Contemporary Art has already announced that when it re-opens, sometime in early to mid-June, as well as abiding by hygiene and temperature advice, it will: aim to reduce its visitor numbers to 30% of its previous footfall; introduce a 1-way system around its rooms; and withdraw paper brochures, maps, plans and guides to the museum to prevent the transfer of the virus, and instead introduce an app for visitors’ mobile phones.’

Please find additional information on the guidance here (in Spanish): https://www.hoyesarte.com/artes-visuales/como-planificar-la-reapertura-de-los-museos_278418/

New Online Platform: The Arts Society Connected, launching tomorrow, 11am, with an inaugural lecture on Las Meninas by Jacqueline Cockburn

Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas, 1656, Museo Nacional del Prado

The Arts Society Connected (formerly NADFAS, the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) is a new digital platform being launched on 7th April by The Arts Society, the UK’s leading arts education charity. 
Free to both The Arts Society’s 90,000 Members as well as the general public, The Arts Society Connected will host a series of fortnightly lectures by the UK’s leading art historians, as well as film screenings, live author Q&As and a community forum for anyone using the platform. 
The aim of the platform is to help older Members of the population stay connected, educated, entertained and informed over the next three months. The core aims of the charity are to create a better, healthier and more connected society through the power of the arts to nourish and empower. The platform will create a welcoming community for both existing Members as well as the general public.

The Arts Society has moved quickly in response to the COVID-19 crisis to create this digital platform as a large proportion of Members are aged 70 and above and will be forced to isolate over the coming months. The Arts Society consists of 380 individual Membership groups, who organise regular lectures and educational trips to museums and galleries throughout the year. With the inability of Members to meet in person, The Arts Society Connected will ensure that Members are able to stay connected online even while they remain in isolation. 
The Arts Society is working with its directory of Accredited Lecturers to create exclusive video lectures for the new platform. Lectures will be uploaded every other Tuesday at 11am. Members will be encouraged to take part in a community moment, when anyone planning on watching the talk can make a cup of tea at home and join the community forums online for a chat before and after the lecture. The lecturer will also be available to answer questions in the community forums following their lecture.

The platform features an inaugural lectureon Las Meninas by Velázquez by Arts Society Accredited Lecturer, art historian and linguist, Jacqueline Cockburn.

 

Web Resource: Prestapágina: Early Modern Spanish History and History of Art Bookshare

https://www.facebook.com/groups/prestapagina/

ARTES members are invited to join this Facebook group, to request and share scans (insofar as they do not violate U.S. or international copyright laws) of scholarly texts and primary sources in aid of remote research by independent and affiliated scholars of early modern Spain. The focus of this group is history and history of art, but all scholars of early modern Spain are welcome.