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In Tokyo opened international exhibition of painting

The first after the lifting of state of emergency a major international exhibition of paintings, which was the collection of the national gallery in London, takes place in Tokyo with a delay of three months and new ones dictated by COVID-19, rules. How did you manage to combine the exhibition in a confined space in compliance with all the precautions and what came of it, found out the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Posters announcing the exhibition of the national gallery in London, appeared in Tokyo since the end of last year. She was supposed to open March 3, but due to the spread of a new coronavirus infection since the end of February and then the introduction of state of emergency the long-awaited opening was late for three months. The organizers of the exhibition had to solve a difficult problem: how to avoid the accumulation of large numbers of people in a confined unventilated space – the inevitable conditions of any exhibition and at the same time the most dangerous from the point of view of the spread of coronavirus.

Before the opening of the exhibition it was announced that the National Museum of Western art where it takes place, tickets will not be sold. For those who bought tickets in advance, was allocated four days, when they could, risking to stand in line at the entrance, come at any time. For everyone else tickets are only sold online, in advance and across sessions.

The whole period of the exhibition in Tokyo until October 18 is divided into 8 segments for 12 days. For each of them there is a deadline to purchase tickets three weeks before. Thus, to buy in July ticket Sep impossible. This is due to the rapidly changing epidemiological situation. So, the ticket on July 19 could be bought not earlier than June 27, and in order to get to the session on July 21, it was necessary to buy a ticket on July 11. Each day is divided into 15 sessions. The entrance to each of them is allowed within a half-hour late for the session is not allowed. On Friday and Saturday introduced an additional evening visits up to 21 hours.

"In one session is not more than 200 people, and sometimes even less. Now just about 200 people," - told RIA Novosti employee of the Museum.

The exhibition of 61 the work of the London national gallery, all the paintings which are shown in Japan for the first time, housed in seven themed halls – the Italian Renaissance, the Golden age of Dutch painting, van Dyck and British portraiture, Grand tour, discovering Spain, landscape and the picturesque the picturesque style of Modern French art in Britain. The Tokyo is already dubbed it "the textbook of the history of European painting": it covers painting from the XIII to the XX century, from the Italian Renaissance, Dutch painting to impressionism and post-impressionism. In each of the meeting rooms no more than 20 visitors, about each of the paintings is from 2 to 5 people. There is no sign of a dense crowd and queues to each is noted in the guide picture, as is usually the case on "imported" exhibitions in Tokyo.

Even before the "hallmark" of the exhibition, generously adorned the tickets, posters and albums of paintings of Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" were no more than 8-10 people. However, no reminder to keep your distance or announcements to this effect was not – nothing prevented art lovers to immerse themselves in the world of European painting one of the finest collections in the world.

"The opportunity to see the paintings in half-empty halls, no stress is great," he shared his opinion about the exhibition one of the visitors.

"So, I think, and it was necessary to hold exhibitions of paintings," responded his companion.

The organizers are asked to reduce the viewing to one hour, but according to the observations of the correspondent of RIA Novosti, a afford to enjoy the exhibition for 2 – 2.5 hours.

Despite the difficulty of buying tickets, missed the lovely art lovers on the first day of the opening of sales for the next 12 day cycle for a few hours snapping up tickets to their favorite morning sessions, as well as on weekends and holidays. On the first two cycles by the end of the first day of sales almost all the tickets were sold out.

After Tokyo the exhibition will travel to Osaka, but it is not clear in what format it will be – it will depend on the epidemiological situation that prevailed in the autumn to the beginning of the exhibition.

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