The Head of Government, Claudia Sheinbaum, informed that from the following week Mexico City will continue to orange traffic light; however, museums, cinemas and swimming pools will be able to restart activities at 30% of their capacity. Before the announcement, the Ministry of Culture of the federal government, indicated that the 18 INBAL Network museums, as well as the 12 museums of the INAH which are located in the capital of the country, will open “gradually” and “gradually”, during the following days.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Culture, Antonio Martínez, told the cultural press, via instant messaging, that for the moment they are “evaluating” which ones could reopen as of August 11, due to “some museums went into maintenance or are setting up “And, he added,” the pandemic upset all exhibitions and calendars. “
The date of when and which ones will open in the following days was not specified by the Ministry of Culture. However, INBAL social communication, indicated to this newspaper that, for the moment, its network will not open next Tuesday.
“The Secretary of Culture of the Government of Mexico welcomes the announcement made by the Head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, to resume cultural life with the next reopening of museums in the capital of the country, to which they will gradually add the federal museum spaces gradually, to promote the exercise of cultural rights in CDMX and in other states of the country “, indicates the agency in a statement.
The reopening, adds the agency, will be carried out in accordance with the sanitary measures issued by the Health Secretary and with the guidelines established by the Federal Secretaries of Culture and Public Function (SFP).
The Network of Museums of the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL) and the museums of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), ensures the dependency “have continued with their maintenance, conservation and protection tasks, both of their properties and of their collections “.
According to Martínez, since the declaration of the red traffic light, that is, at the end of the Sana Distancia Day, adjustments or purchases of supplies began to be made to comply with the protocols.
Likewise, it is indicated that the activities will continue in virtual format, which are already integrated as part of the museum program and part of the Contigo en la Distancia platform.
The Museum Network is made up of the Palace of Fine Arts Museum, the National Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tamayo Museum, the Carrillo Gil Museum of Art, the National Museum of San Carlos, the National Museum of Printing, the National Museum of Architecture, Alameda Art Laboratory, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Siqueiros Project: Public Art Room / La Tallera, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Studio House Museum, Diego Rivera Mural Museum, Ciudad Juárez Art Museum, Oaxaca Graphic Arts Institute, José Gallery María Velasco and Salón de la Plástica Mexicana.
The INAH museums that are located in Mexico City are Del Caracol, Ex Convent of San Juan Evangelista, Casa Carranza, El Carmen, National of Anthropology, National of Cultures, National of History, National of Interventions, Cuicuilco Site, Site of the Templo Mayor, Site of Tlatelolco Caja de Agua, Exhibition Hall of Terminal 2 of the International Airport of Mexico City.
UNAM culture informed that, for the moment, it has not contemplated the reopening of its museums. In an online talk about the restart of activities, Juan Ayala, technical secretary of Planning and Programming of the Coordination of cultural diffusion UNAM, indicated that in UNAM there is an agreement to reactivate when the traffic light turns yellow.
In addition, through the area of social communication, the Museo Soumaya informed EL UNIVERSAL that its two offices, located in Plaza Carso and in Plaza Loreto, will open from Monday 10th; while the Guillermo Tovar de Teresa House (Valladolid 52, Roma Norte) can only be visited by appointment.
For their part, the Frida Kahlo and Anahuacalli museums indicated that they still do not have the protocols to restart activities; although the Frida Kahlo Museum plans to start on Tuesday the 11th with a program of visits “one by one”, which was proposed by the artist Mario González Torres.
The Papalote Museo del Niño pointed out that after the announcement of the Head of Government, it will call a meeting, so it still does not have an exact date for its reopening.
With information from Antonio Díaz, Sonia Sierra and Alida Piñón