The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao reopened all its rooms to the public yesterday afternoon after the closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bilbao art gallery begins its de-escalation with a reduced schedule of three hours, capacity of 400 people at the same time, extraordinary health security measures and with non-artistic spaces, such as the store, the cafeteria and the restaurant, still closed (they hope to be able to put them launched in early July).
This was announced yesterday by the general director of the center, Juan Ignacio Vidarte, in a meeting with the media a few hours after opening to the public to show the measures taken by the center to make the visit “quality, peaceful, pleasant and sanitary safe », reports EFE. Vidarte was accompanied by the Basque Minister of Culture, Bigen Zupiria, who recalled that the Basque museums could have reopened on May 25, but that it was decided to delay their opening until yesterday, June 1, to allow time to prepare them with measures that ensure health and safety and hygiene.
The museum has reopened its exhibition halls with the complete schedule that it had in force in March, dedicated to the work of the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, the Brazilian painter Lygia Clark, the American Richard Artschwger and the video artist William Kentridge – the latter, inaugurated just a few days before citizen confinement was decreed. Of course, the educational programs offered by the Guggenheim within its ordinary activity are postponed until autumn, if the health situation then allows its resumption
To promote the previous purchase of tickets through its internet channels and minimize physical purchase, the Guggenheim has reduced the price for this system from 16 euros for normal physical admission to 10 that it costs online.
Among the security measures, the four square meters per person stand out, avoiding “physical interaction” of the visitors with different itineraries for entering and leaving the center and the rooms, temperature measurements at the entrance and mandatory wearing of masks during the visit. These measures will be maintained as long as the health authorities advise it and, in some cases, they could be maintained beyond the conclusion of the state of alarm, Vidarte said.
Despite the fact that phase 2 of the de-escalation – in which the Basque Country is located – would allow the reopening of the museum with 50 percent of its usual capacity, which is 5,361 people, Vidarte explained that the Guggenheim has decided to reduce it to so only 400 people at the same time (7.5 percent of the legal capacity), for which it will space the sale of tickets.
The general director of the museum acknowledged that they expect visits to be modest at first, since most of its visitors, approximately 70 percent, are people who come from outside Spain, so until flights are resumed international and foreign tourism recovers the Guggenheim does not trust to return to the public figures that have made it overcome the barrier of one million visits in the last three years. .