Museums and Coronavirus (2)

Since handing in the text of my book about art museums to Thames & Hudson, I have been trying to resist the temptation to add to or change the text: with one exception. I was persuaded to write something about what the effect of Coronavirus will be on museums, in which I now, only two weeks later, think I may have underestimated the consequences as I watch museums everywhere furlough staff, particularly, I notice, their education staff, and the value of their endowments sink.

What I wonder will be the effect of the current terrible recession on two of the great current building projects – the Zumthor building at LACMA, already underway, and Jamie Fobert’s renovation of the NPG, soon to begin ? Most especially, will much more activity go online or will people rediscover and relish the experience of seeing the original, once it becomes possible again ?

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One thought on “Museums and Coronavirus (2)

  1. I think it will lead to a surge in attendances as people experience the joys of seeing something for real. It’ll be interesting to hear other opinions, particularly Christopher’s.

    Wonderful that your new book is almost there. I can’t wait to read it.

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