Tate galleries hoping to reopen in august

Paint-by-numbers is about the nearest we’ve come to fine art through the lockdown, so we’re champing at the bit to get back to London’s great art galleries. Handily, news of a possible reopening of two of the best reached us today, as Tate Modern and Tate Britain are planning to reopen in August, nearly four months after the two – along with Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives – closed on March 17.

Tate Director Maria Balshaw, talking to The Art Newspaper, announced that the gallery group had planned their reopening for “early August”, with July 4 currently given as the earliest practicable date that indoor venues could start welcoming guests once again. London’s museums and galleries are, according to Balshaw, organising their programs so that they don’t all open on the same day and risk a crush of visitors.

Tate is “planning for 30% of average visitor numbers”, which is the most that the galleries feel they can fit safely with the current two-metre distancing guidelines. Balshaw didn’t say anything whether planned exhibitions – including the addition of two new Yayoi Kusama infinity rooms – have been delayed. Still, after a four-month break, we’ll pretty much have anything resembling art…


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