Earlier this week, German chancellor Angela Merkel said that the coronavirus could affect 70 percent of the country’s citizens, adding that she will begin instituting measures to mitigate its spread. Now, the Bavarian ministry for Science and the Arts has recommended on March 14 that art institutions across Germany, where more than 2,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed as of Friday, remain closed to the public until April 20.
The Berlin State Museums—a group of institutions that includes the Altes Museum, Gemäldegalerie, Pergamonmuseum, Neue Nationalgalerie, and Museum für Fotografie, among others—said in a statement on its website that it would remain closed until further notice beginning on March 14. The Gropius Bau, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Jewish Museum in Berlin have also closed.
The Haus der Kunst, a museum of modern and contemporary art in Munich, has said it would be closed from March 14 to April 20. The Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich will remain shuttered during the same period.
The Museum Barberini in Potsdam, which is currently showing the exhibition “Monet: Places,” has closed until March 17, when it will decide whether or not to reopen. Online ticket sales have been suspended during the closure.
The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg will be closed until further notice starting on March 16, and events scheduled for March 13, 14, and 15 have been canceled. In Cologne, the Museum Ludwig will be closed until April 19. Art Cologne, the world’s oldest art fair, announced on Wednesday that it would postpone its 2020 edition due to the coronavirus outbreak; the tentatively scheduled dates are now November 19 through 22.