Germany’s new emergency COVID measures keep museums on their toes

As museums prepare to open their doors in the UK, those in Germany face fresh closures mere weeks after they reopened, due to a new targeted regime of restrictions based on localised infection rates. Amongst those currently affected are the Berlin state museums, including the Martin Gropius Bau, which had just opened its major Yayoi Kusama retrospective.

The Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin. Photo: "Blick auf den Martin Gropius Bau" by Leif Hinrichsen is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.


Kusama is a Japanese artist famous for her immersive installations, pumpkin sculptures and signature polka-dots; this exhibition features a new ‘Infinity Room’ of mirrors and twinkling lights and an installation of bright pink spotted tentacles. In the meantime, a stunning digital guide can be seen here.

A Yayoi Kusama exhibition in Denmark. Photo: "Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Louisiana Museum, Denmark" by Kristoffer Trolle is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


The new system of restrictions has caused uncertainty as museums must be prepared to close their doors at short notice depending on regional infection rate. Currently, if the incidence rate rises above 150 cases per 100,000 people per day for three consecutive days, museums must close. However, museum directors across the country have welcomed this system after four months of blanket closures throughout Germany.