Tadao Ando-designed He Art Museum postponed because of coronavirus

He Art Museum was due to open on 21 March © HEM

The He Art Museum (HEM) announced today that it will postpone its launch originally scheduled for 21 March due to uncertainties stemming from redoubled efforts to contain the 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV. The new private project in Shunde district of the city of Foshan in Guangdong Province is backed by Midea electronics founder He Jianfeng with a 16,000 sq m double helix structured building designed by Tadao Ando.

“The health and safety of HEMs staff, construction workers, artists, future visitors, and international collaborators are of top priority. HEM is closely following the measures from the Chinese government and World Health Organisation,” reads the statement. “HEM understands that China is doing all it can with a nationwide mobilisation effort to contain the spread of the virus. As a museum opening event is a major gathering, HEM decided to postpone the ceremony to minimise the risks of transmission. HEM is looking forward to finding a suitable date for its opening which will be announced in due course.” The museum is also postponing a press event in London planned for this week as well as architectural tours of the facility in late February.

Another much-awaited March debut, the X Museum in Beijing, announced last week that it would postpone its opening show, the X Museum Triennale, featuring 33 artists including Cui Jie, Cheng Ran and Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin. “I decided to postpone because right now when coronavirus is going to be contained is up in the air. I dont want to risk the health of our guests, our staff and also our construction team,” Michael Qufu Huang, who is cofounding the project with fellow collector Theresa Tse, tells The Art Newspaper. “I want to do it well so I dont need to force opening X Museum in March with so many uncertainties.” Huang adds that they are currently eyeing an April opening, around Easter, instead.

Other March events including Gallery Weekend Beijing and Hong Kongs art fairs Art Basel in Hong Kong and Art Central are still considering whether to cancel or scale down their 2020 iterations as ever more countries and territories implement travel restrictions. The US, Singapore, Australia and Indonesia have banned all non-citizen travellers who have been in mainland China for the past two weeks. Hong Kong last week ceased issuing permits to individual mainlander travellers, and as of today closed all entry points except for the airport and the Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. The Special Administrative Regions mainland-controlled government has thus far resisted, thRead More – Source