Museums and Coronavirus (3)

I have been following online what the expectations are of what will happen to museums if and when they are able to reopen. I came across the attached piece by Andras Szanto when it first came out on artnet and have now reread it after it was reposted on AEA’s excellent bulletin, The Platform. It seems to me to make a cogent case for what is likely to happen: a much reduced dependence on blockbuster exhibitions which will be impossibly expensive; a shift towards constructing narratives – and possibly exhibitions – out of permanent collections; and an increasing tendency, which is already happening, to contract in expertise, rather than growing it in-house. None of these are necessarily desirable, but probably inevitable.


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