The Tate museum network, which comprises institutions in London, Liverpool, and St. Ives, was one of the first British art entities to temporarily close in March amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, Tate Modern and Tate Britain have revealed plans to reopen in early August, barring an increase in cases in the United Kingdom.
In an interview with the Art Newspaper, Tate director Maria Balshaw said that the institutions are expecting 30 percent of their pre-pandemic visitors numbers. That figure is representative of the number of people the museums can accommodate while adhering to social distancing practices, though Balshaw added that she believes “demand might be higher” than this estimate reflects.
Asked how Tate will make up for revenue losses, Balshaw said that one way the institution is “looking at making savings across all of our operations” is by prolonging the duration of exhibitions to help distribute “costs over a number of financial years.”
“Along with the whole of the cultural sector we will be facing a really significant financial challenge,” Balshaw said. “We won’t know the scale of that until we reopen, and the situation is changing on a weekly basis.”
French art institutions—including the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Grand Palais—revealed this week that they are planning to welcome visitors again in June and July. Some museums in Germany and Italy, with the Haus der Kunst in Munich and Galleria Borghese in Rome among them, reopened in May.