Masterpiece London cancels 2020 June edition as UK cracks down on coronavirus spread

Masterpiece London has cancelled its 2020 edition in June. © Andy Barnham and courtesy Masterpiece London

Masterpiece London has cancelled its 2020 edition, scheduled to take place from 24 June to 1 July as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to disrupt spring and summer art fairs around the world.

“The health of everyone involved in Masterpiece London is our absolute priority during these unprecedented times,” Masterpieces managing direct Lucie Kitchener and chairman Philip Hewat-Jaboor say in a statement. “We are committed to supporting our exhibitors and visitors and over the coming weeks will share details of a range of initiatives which we will be launching in lieu of this years edition.”

The announcement comes directly following the news that Art Basel, Europes largest fair and a cornerstone of the international art market each June, is postponed until September.

Moreover, Londons spring season has been largely hollowed out as increased measures to combat coronavirus across the UK have been implemented. Christie's and Phillips have cancelled their multi-million Impressionist, Modern and contemporary art sales series in New York, typically held in May, in favour of a “consolidated” week of 20th-century sales at the end of June, effectively swallowing up Londons 20th century sales that same month. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show held in May, which shares Masterpieces venue at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, has also been cancelled.

Masterpieces cancellation marks a double-whammy for the cross-collecting fair, which was Read More – Source

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