ALEXIA WALKER: How the pandemic is changing the art world, and fast
Fairs and museums are being forced to go online in the face of global cancellations
The coronavirus has thrown the art world into disarray. Three weeks after the virus was first picked up in Wuhan, the Chinese government ordered that all museums and art galleries be closed.
After China’s example, an unprecedented shutdown has affected art institutions around the world. In Europe, museums have been forced to close in top tourist destinations like Paris, Venice and Milan. In Japan, the Tokyo National Museum has locked its doors and the highly anticipated touring exhibition Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London has been postponed. Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers is in museum quarantine with other cultural icons.