The number of visits to art museums worldwide has decreased by 77 percent, according to a survey.
In the past year, attendance at the world’s top 100 art museums has dropped 77 percent, according to an annual survey by The Art Newspaper. It’s a shocking finding that the 280 museums that provided data shut down an average of 145 days during the year compared to normal business hours, which means a total of 41,000 days, which means that more than a century of visits were missing from last year. The survey states that last year, when reports of COVID-19 surfaced in Wuhan, with the city locked down at the end of January, staff of the Wuhan Provincial Museum were not permitted to leave the facility, set up a camping site and take care of the group from January 23 to June 13 during his detention until. In second place in research came the Beijing National Museum with 1.6 million visitors, which closed for three months from January 25 when Beijing authorities canceled Chinese New Year celebrations. After the reopening, maximum capacity was initially reduced by 90 percent – from 30,000 to 3,000 per day – but the situation gradually eased over the year, with 8,000 visitors arriving per day in August. The second most visited museum in Asia, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, visited 971,000 last year. In Europe, museums surveyed were closed for an average of 112 additional days, compared to normal business hours. While in 2019 nearly 83 million people visited the 100 best museums in Europe, in 2020 only 24 million. This is due to the fact that international tourism fell sharply in the past year, especially during the lucrative summer months. According to a report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Paris was visited with only 5 percent of the average number of tourists last summer, with the three main art museums – the Louvre, the Pompidou Center and the Musée d’Orsay. – It decreased by 73 percent overall. 5 million to 4.5 million. The Louvre collection had nearly 2.7 million views, making it the most visited museum in the survey, despite a drop of 72 percent. However, the hugely popular Leonardo exhibition, which closed in February and attracted more than ten thousand visitors daily, was the museum’s most visited exhibition so far. However, the Louvre announced a loss of about 90 million euros in 2020.
Tourism and lockdowns have also affected Spain hard, with the Prado in Madrid down 76 percent and Reina Sofia by 72 percent. Meanwhile, attendance at the Vatican Museums in Italy decreased by 81 percent, at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence by 72 percent, and at the Academy Gallery by 81 percent. In the United Kingdom, the Tate Modern in London was the most visited, as well as the British Museum, with the latter being closed for 208 days, while the former was closed for 173 days. Tourism is also an important factor for the island nation, as 77 percent of the British Museum audience in the 2019/2020 fiscal year were foreigners, compared to nearly sixty percent in the case of the National Gallery in London, according to a spokesperson. Preliminary data from the United Kingdom’s National Bureau of Statistics also shows that in the second quarter of 2020, at the time of the first shutdown, the number of visits by residents abroad decreased by 96 per cent compared to the same period in 2019. The United States presents a diverse picture in terms of visits. As each state has its own security protocols and social distancing rules. There was a museum closed for 75 days compared to the usual order, while another 293 days were closed. The four gigantic museums in New York – the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – reached 2.2 million visits, up from 11 million in 2019. The pandemic has hit the Guggenheim Museum hard, falling by 88 percent. . While many New York museums have closed for about six months, the Guggenheim Museum has reopened for more than seven months and has a capacity of only 25 percent.
Helping cultural sectors
The European Commission and the European Parliament, in cooperation with Member States, are doing their utmost to ensure that sectors affected by the crisis, such as cultural sectors such as theaters, festivals, music and circus artists, be restored as soon as possible. Possible after the epidemic: Maria Gabriel, European Commission Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Istvan Ogili, World Circus Federation ambassador, in a joint statement issued on the occasion of World Circus Day. The appropriate financial resources and tools available for this, reads the connection.