In Paris, New York, London or Florence, museum directors question themselves

While today only small museums are allowed to reopen, large institutions are still waiting for the green light from the government to welcome the public again. But wait …

By Eric Biétry-Rivierre
According to Eike Schmidt, director of Uffizi in Florence, “art was not made for express consumption”. Claudio Giovannini / CGE fotogiornalismo

While today only small museums are allowed to reopen, large institutions are still waiting for the green light from the government to welcome the public again. But while waiting to know this date and the sanitary conditions that must be respected, the directors of major museums around the world are reflecting on the changes that they will have to apply. Above all, this health crisis is an opportunity for them to rethink their mission. We asked them.

“For eight hundred years, The Louvre has gone through the most difficult moments in the history of France. He is always there. Museums suffer with societies, they also rise with them. The crisis does not mark the end of the exhibitions either. They will remain an essential part of our activities as they reflect research and provide access to the greatest masterpieces. The question of their cost and their ecological impact is now crucial.

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