Our focus on 14 July is the arts world in Japan and the UK, when Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott, will be joined by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, and Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts.
In Japan, museums and galleries have gradually been re-opening since 25 May when the state of emergency was lifted and, in the UK, many of us are eagerly anticipating being able to start to visit in person again once restrictions have eased on 4 July. But as these institutions prepare themselves to welcome visitors once more, how have national governments in Japan and the UK responded to pleas for financial investment to build a new sustainable model?
And how will the pandemic affect our experience and relationship with these institutions? Will social distancing and use of PPE render them sterile and remote, or will lessons learned during lockdown create new opportunities to engage with local communities and potential collaborators worldwide? Is there still a future for the blockbuster exhibition at a time of greatly reduced visitor numbers? How are the institutions and the artists who work with them responding to these uncertain times?