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Art & Politics : A Second Wave of Coronavirus?

Today for Art & Politics we are exploring the possibility of a second wave of Coronavirus – the disease that has brought the entire world to a standstill.

Through Art & Politics, Art From Us and Divvya Nirula bring you stories new and old of the symbiotic nature of art and politics!


Since April 2020, experts have been weary of the possibility of another wave of Coronavirus. In China, where the virus had first hit, most thought the number of cases had already peaked. The country was in lockdown for several weeks. Eventually, when the number of patients decreases, authorities started opening things up. People started to move out of their houses again. Some semblance on normalcy returned. Except, the number of Coronavirus patients started to increase once again. While it is not confirmed that this is infact a ‘second wave’, it is worrisome nonetheless.

Seoul Experiences a Second Wave of Coronavirus

South Korea was also one of the earliest hit countries by the pandemic. However, much like China, in early May, their number of patients too decreased. This led to a lift in the quarantine rules. And people once again became mobile, occupying public spaces. Unfortunately, recently, things have taken a turn for the worse. Recently, the country reported a sharp rise in the number of cases. Consequently, authorities have once again announced a shutdown. This means that public spaces will no longer be accessible. And people are encouraged once again to stay home.

Impact on Art

Like most other industries, the art market too has taken a hit owing to Coronavirus. Museums have shut down worldwide, resulting in a massive loss of revenue. Funding and budget cuts seem inevitable. Galleries are losing out on sales. Experts are predicting most art institutions won’t even make it out of this alive. They will simply cease to exist. In Seoul itself, museums have been asked to shutdown once again, only a few weeks after reopening. The trend suggests that things may not go back to normal for the rest of the year. And even when the global lockdown ends, the world of art may not recover for a long time.

A second wave of Coronavirus, if indeed there is such a thing, spells disaster for the art market, and the world of art and culture at large.

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