The locking has begun to subside in European countries hardest hit by coronavirus. All over Italy, museums are opening their doors to the public again for the first time since March – even though they must comply with new serious security precautions.
Today, May 19, Castello di Rivoli in Turin was one of the first national museums to allow the public to re-enter. Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev expressed optimism about the steps to transition to Artnet News. “The museum is a carefully controlled space that has been designed to protect art from people,” he said. “Adapting it to protect people from people is a small step.”
Elsewhere, the blockbuster show began to return again. That The highly anticipated Raphael exhibition the Scuderie del Quirinale was the initial victim of the lockdown, closed only three days after it opened in March despite pre-selling 70,000 tickets. The event includes 120 works by Raphael, thanks to loans from 52 museums and collections to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance. Almost all loans have been extended as needed Art Newspaper. The exhibition will now take place from 2 June to 30 August.
Lost Visitor Safety and Revenue
Museums that are usually filled with visitors from all over the world will now be calm and pleasant. Castello di Rivoli likens a shift to slow food movement, which requires softer work steps and, in many cases, more consideration for the process. “I think the museum can be a prototype for a new normal, which I hope only lasts during a pandemic because I really like the old normal,” added Christov-Bakarglev.
But the number of visitors who fall will cause financial problems for some people. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, which on a typical spring day will see visitors numbering around 2,600, will only allow 200 people per day. “We are very worried,” said a spokesman for Artnet News.
The number and strategy of visitors varies depending on the museum. For Raphael exhibitions, tickets for the show must be booked online in advance. The group of six visitors will be brought in by a guard who will act as a “companion,” and the groups will head to the gallery in staggered five-minute intervals. Each group gets 80 minutes with a once-in-a-lifetime show.
At the Galleria Borghese, which reopens today, May 19, to the public, will allow 120 minutes to visit up to 80 people at once. “This need actually provides an opportunity to appreciate the magic of the Museum more calmly,” the museum said in a statement. And privately funded Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo reopened on May 18 and allowed 15 people at once.
At the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, a 13th-century Gothic cathedral that is expected to open this week, free tools will be given to visitors to let them know when they don’t keep social distance. Novel gadget, which will hang down the visitor’s neck before disinfection between usage, blinking and vibrating when visitors are too close to each other. This is the first institution to introduce such a device.
In a statement, the cathedral boasted to be the first in the world to use technology in a museum context, adding that “this system guarantees maximum safety and comfort during a visit.” The EGOpro Social Distancing necklace by the Florence-based company Advance Microwave Engineering has four red lights that start burning and burning in succession, depending on proximity.
Castello di Rivoli, which operates with a relatively small budget of € 6 million, said it lost € 1 million because it was locked. Christov-Bakargiev said that the agency had to invest around € 60,000 to improve its properties to meet sanitation guidelines. This coupled with losses caused by fewer ticket sales during the normally busy summer months will cause problems for many museums and institutions.
Losses that occur in the field differ depending on the scale and support of the museum. The Italian federal government issued a € 55 billion Decreto Rilancio aid package last Wednesday. According to Art Newspaper, assistance includes € 100 million set aside to support the state museum for losses in ticket sales, as well as a € 210 million emergency fund which includes bookstores, publishing companies and arts organizations to fill gaps for canceled events and exhibitions. Another € 100 million is given to the “Cultural Fund” which is to provide long-term loans to cultural businesses for investment in physical structures and cultural production for the remainder of 2020 and 2021.
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