TEFAF Maastricht Shutters Early as Coronavirus Closes Art Destinations Worldwide

  • March 11, 2020 14:57

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Entrance to the TEFAF Maastricht fair 2020

COVID-19 is altering the art world calendar, in the U.S. and across the globe.

Many spring art events and destinations have or will be cancelled or postponed in this dynamic situation and it is best to check with each venue.

After a hopeful start and a spate of blockbuster sales, TEFAF Maastricht shut down four days early on Wednesday. An exhibitor from Italy, who had returned home on Monday, tested positive for COVID-19, reported The Art Newspaper.

Nanne Dekking, Chairman of the board of trustees at TEFAF said: “Given the recent developments in the regions around Maastricht and increasing concerns, we no longer feel it is appropriate to continue as planned. We want to thank our exhibitors, visitors and staff for their trust and support in this unprecedented situation." 


On Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic as a growing number of COVID-19 outbreaks affected 114 countries or territories. 

Museums, galleries and art events in China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and other parts of the region have been closed since containment efforts were made earlier this year or within the last few weeks for some places. Italy, now with its over 60 million citizens in lockdown, has also closed museums and shuttered events. Many regions of outbreak have followed suit by limiting large gatherings of people in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

On Wednesday night a White House announcement stated, "We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground." The restrictions do not include the U.K. and do not apply to U.S. permanent residents.

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