COVID-19: IMPACT ON THE WORLD OF ART
Photograph of Jorge París
Covid-19 has been like a tsunami in the art world. Museums, art galleries and auction houses around the world have had to close their doors, in addition to countless events, exhibitions in museums and galleries, which have had to be postponed until 2021.
The 2008 crisis already affected the art world, leaving it very vulnerable, but now it has been forced to stop completely, like many others, which added to the fact that this sector, despite being a safe value, is also very sensitive to fluctuations. economic conditions like the one we are experiencing, makes the impact of these last months enormous.
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The uncertainty facing the cultural and artistic sector is one of the few certainties we have today. And it is that confinement has forced us to adapt and be creative, something that in itself is part of the artist's DNA but that does not stop posing a challenge in completely new circumstances for everyone.
Photograph of Rafael Yaghobzadeh - AP
Proof of this are the numerous initiatives that have emerged to bring art and culture home as we have never seen it before: virtual visits (free) to see the collections of the most important museums, concerts, poetry recitals and dance improvisations in streaming ... separated, but at the same time united by what we are passionate about: art. Social networks have played a crucial role in these months, where we have been able to see other initiatives such as solidarity sales of prestigious artists with which to raise funds to help in this crisis, virtual openings, viewing rooms or the revolutionary strategy to promote sales through the hashtag #ArtistSupportPledge.
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Important museums such as El Prado have not closed since the Spanish Civil War, and although all these movements and initiatives have helped alleviate the effect of this crisis, there is still much to be done to reactivate the sector in the coming months, which are expected to be key. Museums, theaters, concert halls, galleries and auction houses, cultural centers and many more enclaves of the culture of a country employ not only artists but also a very extensive network of workers that has been affected and therefore is now The collaboration of all spectators and art lovers, in any of its expressions, and above all the commitment and measures of the administrations to help reactivate the sector is fundamental.
Art is not an essential sector in itself, but it is necessary in our lives, it helps us to see life with different eyes, it makes us ask ourselves new questions, it allows us to see clearly and clearly everything that surrounds us. In short, it makes us more sensitive and helps us open our minds and thus be better people.
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Now we will have to wait for the economy to reactivate little by little and the world of art with it, and to the extent of the possibilities of each one, to support the artists in these hard times and all the entities that move this sector, such as if it were a basic necessity good.
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On a personal basis, I hope that what we have lived remains in our memory as a bad dream, but from which at least we have learned what and who are really important in our lives, and we will recover the "normality" that we enjoyed ago. not long to go back to the streets of our cities and continue to share moments with those from whom we have had to be separated these months.