20 April 2020

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Art galleries in Germany to reopen this week: Last Wednesday, the German government announced that it would begin to lift the country’s lockdown. As part of the first phase of its cautious reopening plan, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that small nonessential stores and businesses, including galleries, may open their doors on 20 April as long as social distancing measures are strictly maintained. All schools will remain closed for another three weeks, and large public gatherings will continue to be banned through the end of August. Museum reopenings were not addressed. 

17.04.2020, ArtforumArt galleries in Germany to reopen this week 

Austria will allow museums to reopen in mid-May, making it among the first European countries to ease restrictions on art institutions: Museums and other cultural venues in Austria will be allowed to reopen in mid-May, the country’s government announced last Friday. And when they do, they’ll be among the first major institutions in Europe to reopen their doors after going into lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus last month.  

17.04.2020, ArtnetAustria will allow museums to reopen in mid-May, making it among the first European countries to ease restrictions on art institutions 

Online gamble by auction houses pays off: Regional auction houses in the UK report a surge of interest in their revised online-only sales since the spread of Covid-19 forced us to find more things to do via our computers. At Lyon & Turnbull, headquartered in Edinburgh, a behind-closed-doors sale of decorative arts and design on April 1 recorded nearly 1,400 bidders, double those registered at its equivalent real-life sale last October. 

16.04.2020, The Financial TimesOnline gamble by auction houses pays off  

Can’t pay your rent? Here’s what you can do if you’re a UK gallery: As the Covid-19 lockdown enters its second month with no end in sight, many art and antiques dealers and galleries particularly in London are struggling to pay hefty rents for the premises they cannot even enter, let alone trade from. 

15.04.2020, The Art NewspaperCan’t pay your rent? Here’s what you can do if you’re a UK gallery 

Coronavirus might be limiting our travels but one painting is still on the move (somewhere): While for many of us travelling by train is a distant memory from before Covid-19 took hold, a painting by Terry Frost is the latest missing work to reach notoriety via public transport. 

15.04.2020, The Art NewspaperCoronavirus might be limiting our travels but one painting is still on the move (somewhere)

United States

Museum Association eases rules on how institutions can use funds amid Covid-19 pandemic: As art museum directors across the United States are forced to make tough decisions regarding layoffs and how to address declining revenues during shutdowns due to the novel coronavirus, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) has suspended penalties and relaxed its guidelines on how institutions may use restricted funds. 

17.04.2020, ArtforumMuseum Association eases rules on how institutions can use funds amid Covid-19 pandemic 

16.04.2020, Art NewsIn Substantial Shift, Museum Industry Group Pushes Directors to Break the Rules to Survive  

15.04.2020, The Art NewspaperAAMD loosens rules for museums seeking to divert income amid coronavirus crisis  

The Frieze art fair reveals plans for online viewing rooms in lieu of its cancelled New York edition, including a new AR tool to help collectors shop: Like so many other major art events planned for this spring, Frieze was forced to call off its New York fair scheduled to be held in early May on Randall’s Island in Manhattan due to the global health situation. But instead of going dark for 2020, the event is offering participating galleries the chance to show their wares online instead. 

14.04.2020, ArtnetThe Frieze art fair reveals plans for online viewing rooms in lieu of its cancelled New York edition, including a new AR tool to help collectors shop 

NEA releases guidelines for CARES Act funding: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released guidelines for the distribution of $75 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—the $2.2 trillion stimulus package that will attempt to mitigate the worsening economic fallout as the United States tries to curb the spread of COVID-19—to nonprofit arts organizations that were forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

13.04.2020, ArtforumNEA releases guidelines for CARES Act funding 

World

Shanghai’s galleries reopen after Covid-19 with optimistic spate of spring shows: A month after Shanghai began to ease out of a lockdown that started late January, nearly all of its art museums and commercial galleries have reopened, with a number debuting new exhibitions this weekend. Today, Almine Rech reopens its Bund adjacent space with Spring, an 11-artist group show including Vivian Springford, Li Qing and Zhang Wei. The bright-paletted show splits into sections for figurative and abstract paintings (until 6 June). 

17.04.2020, The Art NewspaperShanghai’s galleries reopen after Covid-19 with optimistic spate of spring shows

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