Galleries grapple with climate change and unprecedented closures

Original article by Broede Carmody
The Age – Page: Online : 7-Jan-20

Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia will re-open on 7 January, after smoke from the bushfires forced its closure two days earlier. NGA director Nick Mitzevich says the move was necessary to protect staff, visitors and the art museum’s collections, noting that airborne particles from the bushfires could potentially cause damage to artworks such as paintings over many years. Mitzevich says the loss of revenue due to the two-day closure will be ‘material’, but he adds that this is insignificant compared with the scale of the bushfire disaster.


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