The Art Gallery of New South Wales is to reopen its doors on June 1, with the Art Gallery of South Australia following suit a week later on June 8.

Both institutions closed temporarily as a result of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. As they reopen, they will follow expert public health advice from the Federal and State governments, which includes physical distancing, capacity limits, enhanced cleaning and hand sanitising.

The 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres will now run until August 2 as the Art Gallery of South Australia reopens its doors on June 8

“We are currently putting in place all the measures that will ensure our art museum is a safe place to visit, and a safe workplace for our staff and volunteers,” said AGNSW Director Michael Brand. “This includes limiting visitor numbers while COVID restrictions are in place through timed ticketing and ensuring social distancing and recommended hygiene measures.”

Visitors to the AGNSW will be able to enjoy free access to the collection galleries, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN and three exhibitions: Shadow Catchers and Under the Stars (which both opened briefly before the AGNSW closed on March 23), and a new exhibition curated by Brand called Some Mysterious Process, which will highlight works in the gallery’s international contemporary art collection, acquired over the past 50 years. New dates will be announced soon for the 2020 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition, which had to be postponed from its scheduled opening on May 9.

The AGNSW will continue to maintain its digital program Together In Art, launched during the temporary closure.

The Art Gallery of South Australia will reopen its doors to the public on Monday June 8, and has extended the run of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres until August 2.

AGSA Director Rhana Devenport said, “While attendances will be diligently monitored and the safety guidelines outlined by Government adhered to, we are so pleased to welcome a limited capacity of visitors back into the Gallery, reopening windows to other worlds through art.”

Visitors are encouraged to monitor AGSA’s social media channels and website for updates and details of the Gallery’s phased reopening.

Meanwhile in Germany on Monday May 18, audiences attended a live concert at the State Theater of Hesse in Wiesbaden. Austrian baritone Günther Groissböck performed in recital, accompanied by pianist Alexandra Goloubitskaia. The theatre normally seats 1000, but at this performance there were less than 200 in the auditorium due to COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions. Concertgoers had at least three empty seats between them, though members from the same household were allowed to sit together.  They were required to wear masks to the theatre, but were allowed to remove them once they were seated.