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Jan 31 2020

How the Coronavirus is Impacting Cultural Institutions

by ArtAsiaPacific

*Last updated October 21, 2020.

Illustration by Renee Li for ArtAsiaPacific. 

On May 3, the World Health Organization announced that the Covid-19 disease had spread to more than 100 countries and had reached global pandemic proportions. More than 27,000,000 people have been infected and more than 880,000 have died from the disease since December when the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China.

As governments attempt to restrict large-scale public gatherings to limit contagion, public museums have been ordered to close, and many private museums, galleries, and independent art spaces have followed suit. Here’s a rundown on the situation with art museums, cultural institutions, and galleries, from Asia and the Pacific.

ArtAsiaPacific’s editors will update this page as more information becomes available.

WHAT’S OPEN

India

India has reported over 7,550,200 cases of the coronavirus as of October 19. As India’s government continues to lift lockdown restrictions, the Taj Mahal and other public spaces gradually reopen.

Gallery Espace and Experimenter Gallery: open Monday through Saturday.

Philippines

In the Philippines, the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 356,600 as of October 19. Lockdowns have been eased in most of the country.

Manila

Finale Art File: remains open to limited visitors at a time.

1335Mabini: gallery viewing by appointment, open Tuesday through Friday.

Silverlens Gallery: open Tuesday through Saturday.

Singapore

The government of Singapore confirmed 76 active cases as of October 19, after a spike in mid-August. The city continues to gradually reopen with social distancing measures in businesses and organizations.

Gillman Barracks: reopened June 19 with safety measures in place.

National Gallery of Singapore: reopened on June 26, with enhanced preventative measures in place; open Monday through Sunday.

NTU CCA Singapore: Exhibition “In The Single Screen Yeo Siew Hua, An Invocation to the Earth,” co-produced by NTU CCA and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) for st_age is available until October 29, followed by Trinh T. Minh-ha’s online film program scheduled for November 1 to February 28, 2021. Read the latest news on the closure of NTU CCA at Gillman Barracks here.

STPI: reopened on September 27 with “Annual Special Exhibition: Shaping Visions” on view.

Yavuz Gallery: open Tuesday through Sunday and by appointment on Monday and public holidays.

Vietnam

On October 19, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported a total of 1,126 cases. Vietnam’s borders remain closed, as non-essential businesses close their doors temporarily and social distancing policies continue. 

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City: temporarily closed until November 6 for installation of the next exhibition.

United Arab Emirates

As of October 19, there have been 114,387 cases in the UAE. The Dubai government announced the reopening of local theaters, gyms, and leisure venues on May 28, and opened borders to international tourists on July 7. Latest news report here.

Dubai

Alserkal Avenue: galleries have reopened to the public with varying opening hours, according to their own schedule.

Jameel Arts Centre: resumed regular opening hours on September 2. Michael Rakowitz’s major survey is on view until November; and the annual Artist’s Room programs by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Larissa Sansour and Taysir Batniji are open until January 2021.

Sharjah

Maraya Art Centre: reopened on May 28 with precautionary measures in place, solo exhibitions of Brian Gonzales and Tor Seidel are open for viewing.

Sharjah Art Foundation: open with the solo exhibitions of Tarek Atoui and Zarina Bhimji on view, reservations required; the 2020 edition of March Meeting, Sharjah, originally scheduled for March 21 to 23, has been postponed until 2021. There are virtual events and tours available. 

Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi: reopened on June 24. Tickets must be purchased in advance before the visit; precautionary measures include requirement of masks and gloves, thermal scanning at the entry, social distancing, among others. The exhibition “Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between East and West” is currently on view both virtually and in-person through October 18.

Palestine

As of October 19, there are 58,150 recorded cases of Covid-19 in the Palestinian territories, with lockdowns continuing across the West Bank. 

The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit: recently reopened with added precautions.

Turkey

Turkey is currently dealing with a rise in cases. As of October 19 there are 1,723 new cases confirmed. After president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s announcement on May 28 regarding the reopening of all public leisure places, major art museums resumed opening hours on June 16. On September 12, Istanbul authorities announced new social distancing measures to curb the rise in cases.

Arter: reopened with new health and safety measures; Cevdet Erek’s solo exhibition “Bergama Stereotip” is on view until November 15.

Istanbul Modern: Istanbul Modern has reopened its doors at its temporary space in Beyoğlu; the exhibition “Guests: Artists and Craftspeople" continues in the gallery, while the virtual exhibition “Photography in Days of Pandemic” is on view until November 15.

Pera Museum: reopened on June 16 with hygiene and social distancing measures. New visiting hours have also been implemented: Tuesday to Saturday: 11am–6pm; Sunday, 12–6pm. Exhibitions “Constructing a Dream” and “Miniature 2.0” are on view; multiple digital exhibitions are also on view indefinitely.

SALT Beyoğlu and SALT Galata: both have reopened, with collections, talks, and projects accessible online. “Between Empires, Beyond Borders” will be on view until December 27.

South Korea

After an outbreak linked to a Church in Seoul in mid-August, the government has confirmed a total of  25,275 cases since the virus first hit. Schools in the greater Seoul area have recently reopened. MMCA has been closed for now. Latest news report here.

Art Sonje Center: open Tuesday through Sunday; no announcement on upcoming programs yet.

Asian Culture Center, Gwangju: reopened with “Solidarity Spores” on view until October 25.

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art: preparing to reopen with details TBC. A virtual tour of the gallery is available in the meantime.


Whistle, Gallery Baton, PKM Gallery, Arario Gallery (Seoul): open Tuesday through Saturday.

One and J. Gallery and Amado Art Space: open Tuesday through Sunday.

Perrotin (Seoul): open weekdays 10am–6pm.

Various Small Fires: reopened with a series of precautionary measures, including reservation beforehand, limiting the time of these “touch free” visits to thirty minutes and no more than four people (from the same household) within each group. 

Arario Gallery (Cheonan): open everyday.

Japan

As of October 20, Japan has reported over 93,100 total cases. Numbers continue to rise, though lockdown measures have yet to be implemented. Most of the museums are open to the public, with preventative measures and safeguarding guidelines in place. See news on Japanese museum’s reopening guidelines here.

Tokyo Region

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, National Museum of Western Art, National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT), Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Yayoi Kusama Museum: open to public; please check official websites for opening hours, reservations, preventative measures and safeguarding guidelines. 

21_21 Design Sight: Gallery 1 & 2 reopened on June 1 with shortened hours and reservations, and Gallery 3 on June 5 with adjusted opening times. 

Artizon Museum: reopened on June 23 with four exhibitions, including “Cosmo-Eggs” and “Tomoko Konoike: FLIP”, running until October 25. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo: temporarily closed for maintenance and exhibition replacement; upcoming exhibition “Eiko Ishioka: Blood, Sweat, and Tears—A Life of Design” is scheduled to open in November. 

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka: open to the general public with tickets on sale from August 25, though the museum is scheduled to close from November to December for maintenance.

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art: Exhibition “Time Flows: Reflections by 5 Artists” open to the public until January 11, 2021. Reservations are required to visit the exhibition. 

Mori Art Museum: “STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World” will run until January 2021. 

Nezu Museum: reopened on September 19 with “Adventures in Monochrome: Early Modern Japanese Ink-Wash and Brush-Line Painting.” 

Galleries at Complex 665: Tomio Koyama Gallery, Taka Ishii Gallery, and ShugoArts are open.

SCAI the Bathhouse: Mariko Mori’s “Central” is on view until October 17 with reservations only.

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery: reservations are required to visit the gallery.

Kanto Region

Art Tower Mito, Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art: open to public; please check official websites for opening hours, reservations, preventative measures and safeguarding guidelines.

Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama: Kamakura Annex reopened on June 9 but closed again on July 9 for renovations until January 29, 2021. Meanwhile, the renovated Hayama space reopened on June 30.

Yokohama Triennale is running from July 17 to October 11. 

Kansai Region

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Museum of Art, Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kyoto National Museum, National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Nara National Museum, National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO): open to public; please check official websites for opening hours, reservations, preventative measures and safeguarding guidelines. 

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art: reopened on October 17 with the 27th Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava in Japan.

Tohoku Region

Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art: open with preventative measures and safety guidelines; registration is required for visits.

Tokai Region

Mie Prefectural Museum of Art: open with preventative measures and safety guidelines. 

Shikoku Region

Hiroshima City Museum of Modern Art and Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum: open with preventive measures.

Izumi Museum of Art: reopened on May 26, with a special exhibition running until October 18. 

Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum: open Tuesday through Sunday.

Kyushu Region

Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, Kyushu National Museum: open to public; please check official websites for opening hours, reservations, preventative measures and safeguarding guidelines.

Hong Kong

With a decline in cases and the lifting of restrictions for restaurants, gyms, and public facilities; many galleries have opened up to the public. Some of the restrictions were lifted August 25, though travellers to Hong Kong are required to provide negative test results. Latest news report here.

Southern District

Axel Vervoodt: open Thursday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday is offered by appointment only.

Ben Brown Fine Arts, Blindspot Gallery, De Sarthe, Empty Gallery, Gallery Exit and Rossi & Rossi: open Tuesday through Saturday.

Hong Kong Island

a.m. space, Alisan Fine Art (Central), Galerie du Monde, Soluna Fine Art: open Monday through Saturday.

Flowers Gallery, Whitestone Gallery, Karin Weber, Tang Contemporary Art: open Tuesday through Saturday.

Galerie Ora-Ora, Lehmann Maupin, Lévy Gorvy, Massimo de Carlo: open by appointment only.

Blue Lotus Gallery: open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm.

Villepin: open by appointment only with Zao Wou-Ki’s “Friendship & Reconciliation” extended through October 31.

Asia Art Archive: open Monday through Saturday.

Asia Society Hong Kong: open with “Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong” on view until January 3, 2021.

Hong Kong Arts Centre: currently open; the events of “Fantaisie Ordinaire” have been updated.

Korean Cultural Center Hong Kong: open Tuesday through Saturday.

Para Site: open with “Garden of Six Seasons” on view until November 15.

Tai Kwun: changing exhibitions.

The University of Hong Kong – University Museum and Art Gallery: Tobias Klein’s “Metamorphosis or Confrontation” has been extended to October 25; Wesley Tongson’s “Mountain Taoist”, Hou Beiren’s “Clouds of Ink, Pools of Colour”, and Chak’s “Landscapes and Other Natural Occurrences” have all been extended to November.

Kwai Fung Hin: currently open at the new venue with “Signifiants de l’informel 2020” on display until December 15.

Kowloon

Perrotin (Hong Kong): open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am–7pm.

Tomorrow Maybe: open everyday, 11am–9pm.

C&G Artpartment: open Monday through Thursday, with upcoming exhibitions yet to be announced.

Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District: reopened, though exhibitions and performances up till September 30 have been postponed or cancelled; Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani’s audio-visual presentation “dis·play” has been postponed to December 2021.

Hong Kong Museum of Art: reopened starting from 14 September 2020 (Monday) with special opening hours: 10am-5pm, Friday through Wednesday.

M+ Pavilion: reopened on September 16; “Shirley Tse: Stakes and Holders” is extended to November 1.

K11 Musea: “the Silicon Valley of Culture” is still open for business. 

Sun Museum: reopened. “Drifting Cloud, Flowing Water: Artistic Journeying” by Jose S. S. Yu will run from September 15 to November 21 2020. 

New Territories

Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT): reopened with “Sight Unseen – Forking Paths in the CHAT Collection” on display until October 11.

Hanart TZ Gallery, Kwai Chung: open Monday through Saturday.

Australia

On October 12, the Australian government reported 27,317 total cases across the country. Victoria is facing a second wave of coronavirus infections, and Melbourne’s six-week lockdown order came into force on August 2. Queensland has announced a hard border closure with New South Wales. Latest news report here.

Sydney

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Artspace Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: open to the public, please see official websites for registrations, preventative measures and safeguarding guidelines. 

Campbelltown Arts Centre: the 22nd Biennale of Sydney “NIRIN” is on view until October 11.

Chalk Horse, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Yavuz Gallery (Sydney): open Tuesday through Saturday.

Galerie Pompom: open Wednesday through Sunday.

Sarah Cottier Gallery: open Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment.

White Rabbit Gallery: reopened on June 6 with strict physical distancing and hygiene measures. Exhibitions concurrently on view are Judith Neilson’s collection exhibition AND NOW and XU ZHEN®’s solo exhibition ETERNITY VS EVOLUTION,” running through January and March 2021 respectively.

Melbourne

Sutton Gallery: open Tuesday through Saturday. 

Brisbane

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane: open Wednesday through Saturday.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane: QAG reopened on June 22 with various exhibitions on view, including Mavis Ngallametta’s “Show Me the Way to Go Home” and group exhibition “Gods and Gridlock” until February and August 2021 respectively. GOMA reopened on August 7 with exhibitions “Cut It” and “I, Object” on view until August 2021.

Adelaide

Art Gallery of South Australia: reopened on June 5. Solo exhibitions featuring Margaret Dodd, Kirsten Coelho, Troy-Anthony Baylis, and Tom Moore on view beginning August 1.

Perth

Art Gallery of Western Australia: reopened on June 6 with several ongoing shows on display.

New Zealand

On August 11, New Zealand confirmed its first locally-transmitted case in over a hundred days. As of October 13, the country has confirmed 1,874 total cases. Many galleries and museums have shuttered their doors in response. Latest news report here

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki: reopened with safety precautions on August 31. Exhibitions on view include “Civilization, Photography, Now”, which will run through October 18. “Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige, and the Art of Edo Japan” remains available virtually

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetū: remains open, with contact tracing and social distancing measures in place. Louise Henderson’s exhibition “From Life” on view until October 11. The online video project series “Spheres” will be available until October.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth: remains open with new precautions in place. 

Starkwhite: open Tuesday through Saturday.

Te Papa Tongarewa | Museum of New Zealand: open with precautions in place.

China

As previously a second wave of infection approached, the Chinese government has adopted targeted policies in areas of outbreak, including Beijing. Most museums and galleries have reopened with precautionary measures. Some cultural institutions remain closed as they have not released information about their upcoming shows. 

Beijing

Asia Art Center Beijing: open Tuesday through Sunday.

CAFA Museum: open; virtual exhibition “The Creation of Ancient Impression” will run until December 31.

Galerie Urs Meile: Zhang Xuerui’s solo exhibition will run until October 25.

Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing: open; “Play societies: wolves, lynx and ants” remains available virtually.

M Woods: M Woods Art Community (Hutong) reopened on May 2; a dual-film exhibition “Radical Hybridity” by Yinka Shonibare CBE is on view until October 11.

Red Brick Art Museum: reopened for visitors with ticketed entry. Group exhibition “2020 +” is scheduled from August 1 to October 18.

UCCA Beijing: Elizabeth Peyton’s “Practice” is on view until November 29.

X Museum: open, the museum’s first triennial “How Do We Begin?” ended on September 30, with upcoming exhibitions yet to be announced.

Shanghai

Asia Art Center Shanghai: open Tuesday through Saturday.

Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Ota Fine Arts (Shanghai), PSA Shanghai, TANK, West Bund Museum, Yuz Museum, Shanghai Center of Photography: open Tuesday through Sunday.

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum: Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen’s exhibition “Flow With Matter” has been extended to show until November 30.

MadeIn Gallery: recently relocated to One Museum Place. 

ShanghART Shanghai: the M50 space will be closed until October 20; its main location at West Bund remains open.

Guangzhou

Guangdong Museum of Art: reopened from March 19 with online exhibitions currently available. 

Guangdong Times Museum: reopened on August 8 with the new exhibition “Study of Things, Or a Brief Story About Fountain, Brick, Tin, Coin, Stone, Shell, Curtain, and Body” running until October 8.

He Art Museum: Open Tuesday through Sunday.  Latest news report here.

Taiwan

Most cultural institutions in Taiwan are operating under a series of precautionary measures. In response to the changes lately, museums have adjusted the visitor restrictions in late March, including requirement of face masks, disinfection, and collection of contact information. Anyone with a body temperature higher than 37.5°C will be denied entrance. The institutions also promise to clean the public spaces more frequently throughout the day. 

All galleries are open to the public.

MOCA Taipei: “Memories with(in) Boundary” and Tao Ya-Lun’s “Ubiquitous Ghosts” are currently on view until November 8.

Taipei Fine Arts Museum: Henri Cartier-Bresson’s exhibition “China, 1948-1949 / 1958” runs from June 20 through November 1; exhibition “The Secret South: from Cold War Perspective to Global South in Museum Collection” will be on view from July 25 to October 25.

Taipei Contemporary Cultural Lab (C-Lab): open with normal operating hours.

Tainan Art Museum: “1957–1983: The Internationalist Taiwanese Printmaking” will be on view from September 10 to December 13.

Israel

As of October 6, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Israel has exceeded 237,800. A state of emergency is in place until November 6, and social distancing and other preventive measures have been implemented.

CCA Tel Aviv: open; Irma Blank’s “Blank” and Adi Fluman’s “Souvenir d’amitié” have ended on September 19, with upcoming exhibitions yet to be announced.

Braverman Gallery: open Tuesday through Friday.

Sommer Contemporary: open Monday through Saturday at its new location on 16 Herzl Street, Tel Aviv.

Jordan

The Jordanian government closed its borders with Israel, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, and has banned travelers from several European countries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jordan is now a Covid-19 high level risk. The province of Sahab has been closed off due to a spike in cases.

Nabad Gallery, Amman: group exhibition “On Show” is open from August 12 to October 31. “On Show” features works from Khalid Khreis, Eman Haram, and Essam Maarouf, among others.

Thailand

Thailand’s government has halted quarantine exemptions for travellers from certain countries following a spike in cases. The lockdowns eased in July and the country has reported more than 3,600 cases.

Ardel Gallery of Modern Art and Bangkok Art and Culture Center: open Tuesday through Sunday.

Richard Koh Projects, Bangkok: open Tuesday through Saturday.

Bangkok CityCity Gallery: open Wednesday through Sunday.

Jim Thompson House Museum and Art Center: reopened on April 12; parking lot closed starting from June 1, 2019 due to construction but museum remains open.

100 Tonson Gallery: reopened on October 10 as nonprofit 100 Tonson Foundation, details here.

Malaysia

While most lockdown restrictions were lifted in early July, four sub-districts in Kedah have been placed under a “targeted enhanced move control order” in response to several clusters of infections. As of October 13, the country has reported a total of 16,880 cases.

Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur: recently reopened with safety measures in place; exhibition “Bayangnya itu Timbul Tenggelam: Photographic Cultures in Malaysia” will be on view July 21 to December 31.

Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur: reopened on June 23 with precautionary measures. 

Macau

Macau has confirmed 46 cases of Covid-19.

Creative Macau, Centre for Creative Industries: open Monday through Saturday.

Macau Museum of Art: reopened with exhibition “A Retrospective of Collaborations with the Palace Museum” on view through November 1. Online exhibition of Shiwan ceramics available until December 31.

Ox Warehouse: open Tuesday through Sunday.

TeamLab SuperNature Macao, at Sands Resort Macao: the debut of the new project is now in its soft opening, with tickets available for purchase from June 15. 

Qatar

Over 128,000 cases have been recorded as of October 13; lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted.

Museum of Islamic Art: Exhibitions are open from Saturday to Thursday 9am – 7pm and on Fridays 1:30pm – 7pm; exhibition “A Falcon’s Eye” will run until April 2021.

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art: the permanent collections opened to the public on July 1; temporary exhibitions are open until November 30. 

Garage Gallery, Doha Fire Station: opened to the public on July 1, with the special exhibition “Picasso’s Studios,” organized in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, running until November 1.

WHAT’S CLOSED

South Korea

After an outbreak linked to a Church in Seoul in mid-August, the government has confirmed a total of  24,889 cases since the virus first hit. Schools in the greater Seoul area have recently reopened. MMCA has been closed for now. Latest news report here.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA): all branches across Gwacheon, Seoul, Deoksugung, and Cheongju are temporarily closed, with reopening dates yet to be confirmed.

Lebanon

There are 55,869 cases of coronavirus infections reported in the country as of October 13.  On August 4, a massive explosion in the port of Beirut rocked the capital city, with over 150 dead and 6,000 wounded. See latest report here.Artists and organizations have been raising funds to support the city.

Sursock Museum: damaged in the explosion and now closed; the exhibition “Pastels, or the sparkle of life: Selected works by Georges Daoud Corm” was originally scheduled to run through February 7, 2021. A virtual tour of “Baalbek, Archives of an Eternity” is available here.

Beirut Art Center: damaged in the blast; closed.

Hong Kong

With a decline in cases and the lifting of restrictions for restaurants, gyms, and public facilities; many galleries have opened up to the public. Some of the restrictions were lifted August 25, though travellers to Hong Kong are required to provide negative test results. Latest news report here.

Art Basel Hong Kong (March 17–22): canceled with the next edition scheduled for March 2021.

Art Central (March 18–22): canceled. Next edition is scheduled for March 2021.

China Guardian Hong Kong canceled the sales set for July 9–10, which will be consolidated instead with the house’s October series.

China

As previously a second wave of infection approached, the Chinese government has adopted targeted policies in areas of outbreak, including Beijing. Most museums and galleries have reopened with precautionary measures. Some cultural institutions remain closed as they have not released information about their upcoming shows.

Beijing

Techne Triennial at CAFA Museum: postponed indefinitely.

JINGART: The Beijing art fair, scheduled for May 21–24, canceled its 2020 edition. “No matter how long the Winter, the Spring is sure to follow,” organizers wrote in their email announcement.

Shanghai

Edouard Malingue: moving locations, new gallery location has yet to be announced.

Prada Rong Zhai: Alex Da Corte’s “Rubber Pencil Devil” has been postponed to November 13, and will run until January 24, 2021.

Australia

On October 6, the Australian government reported 27,174 total cases across the country. Victoria is facing a second wave of coronavirus infections, and Melbourne’s six-week lockdown order came into force on August 2. Queensland has announced a hard border closure with New South Wales. Latest news report here.

Melbourne 

Anna Schwartz Gallery: announced temporary closure from July 9 onwards, following the latest public health directions from the Victorian government. 

Heide Museum, Victoria: temporary closure due to restrictions; a number of exhibitions were on view, including “Remember Me” featuring Joy Hester, “Memory Horizon” featuring Carolyn Eskdale, and “Fistimuff” featuring Archie Barry, amongst others. 

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne: announced temporary closure from July 9 onwards, following the latest public health directions from the Victorian government. 

Melbourne Art Fair: the event, originally planned for June 18–21, has been rescheduled to February 4–7, 2021.

Hobart

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA): closed from March 18 until further notice.

Japan

As of October 20, Japan has reported over 93,100 total cases. Numbers continue to rise, though lockdown measures have yet to be implemented. Most of the museums are open to the public, with preventative measures and safeguarding guidelines in place. See news on Japanese museum’s reopening guidelines here.

Tokyo Region

SOMPO Museum of Art: remains closed; exhibition “Van Gogh and Still Life,” originally scheduled to open on October 6, is cancelled.

Art Fair Tokyo 2020: canceled and offers refund for tickets, according to public notice. The 2021 edition, however, has been announced on May 29.

Art in Park Hotel Tokyo 2020: cancelled.

Kanto Region

Ichihara Art x Mix 2020: originally scheduled to open from March 20 to May 17; postponement announced for same time next year, with Instagram project “Artists’ Breath” now online.

Chubu Region

Northern Alps Art Festival 2020: originally slated for May 31 to July 19; postponed until further notice.

Indonesia

Indonesia relaxed regional lockdown restrictions in June and has seen a rising trend in cases since then. As of October 13, the total number of cases nationwide have exceeded 345,100.

Cemeti Institute, Yogyakarta: closed since March 25.

Art Jakarta: cancelled; will return in 2021 from August 27 to 29 at the Jakarta Convention Center.

ArtJog: cancelled and will return in 2021, with exact dates yet to be confirmed. Virtual exhibition Artjog: Resilience to be held from August 8 to October 10, 2020, with limited physical exhibitions at Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta.

Jakarta Biennale: delayed until the second half of 2021.

Philippines

In the Philippines, the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 345,000 as of October 13. While lockdowns have been eased in most of the country, general community quarantine restrictions in metro Manila. 

Manila

Ateneo Art Gallery: currently closed. The annual Ateneo Art Awards (AAA) were cancelled on April 16 and will resume in 2021; the gallery launched the Marciano Galang Acquisition Prize Program to support the Filipino art community through the pandemic crisis, details here

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD): closed until further notice.

University of the Philippines, Vargas Museum: closed from March 16 until further notice; virtual tours of exhibitions “Kwarantin” by Junyee and “Form | Kata Proto-type” by Roberto M.A. Robles are available here.

India

India has reported 7,239,389 cases of the coronavirus as of October 13. As India’s government continues to lift lockdown restrictions, the Taj Mahal and other public spaces continue to gradually reopen.

New Delhi 

The National Gallery of Modern Art: closed until further notice. Virtual exhibitions are available.

United Arab Emirates

As of October 13, there have been 108,608 cases in the UAE. The Dubai government announced the reopening of local theaters, gyms, and leisure venues on May 28, and opened borders to international tourists on July 7. Latest news report here.

Dubai

Art Dubai: canceled. The 2021 edition will take place from March 17 to 20, 2021, details here. A smaller program of cultural events, scheduled to run during the fair’s original run dates, March 25–28, has also been canceled.

Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery: closed from March 8 until further notice.

Thailand

Thailand’s government has halted quarantine exemptions for travellers from certain countries following a spike in cases. The country has reported over 3,600 cases as of October 13, after lockdowns eased in July.

100 Tonson Gallery: scheduled to reopen on October 10 as nonprofit 100 Tonson Foundation, details here.

BAB Box: closed from March 20. 

Bangkok Art Biennale has been rescheduled to run 29 October 2020 to 31 January 2021.

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