The opening of the much-vaunted Rolling Stones exhibition will have to be postponed
With new Coronavirus regulations announced by Dutch PM Mark Rutte last night, museums will have to close their doors for two weeks at least. Andreas Blühm, director of the Groninger Museum has called the development “very annoying”, going on to say “this has a huge impact.” The Unzipped exhibition (about the Rolling Stones) was due to start in the museum on November 14, but will now be unavailable can now until November 20 at the earliest. As reported by the GIC.
According to the museum director, all tickets for the first week of the exhibition, about 7,500 in total, were sold out. Due to existing regulations, time slots were being used, with opening times for the exhibition stretched between from 10:00 to 22:00. Those that have already bought a ticket can get their money back, says Blühm.
Although the Director can understand closing museums for two weeks, he would rather a different approach had been taken. “I understand that it has to do with reducing the number of travel movements,” he says. “But the museum itself is not the problem. The exhibition is already completely corona-proof, there is sufficient ventilation and we have security guards who monitor whether people comply with the rules.”
The museum director hopes to reopen the doors of the museum on November 20. “Then the opening of Unzipped would then only be a few days later. That is of course very sour, but we will survive that. I just hope that it stays at these two weeks and that the measure will not be extended. ”