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The new normal arrives: art museums in Madrid reopen with their new rules

The masterpieces of Velázquez, Goya, and Picasso are once again in public view as they reopen the most important art museums in the Spanish capital after three months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Prado Museum welcomed 1,800 visitors, forced to wear a mask and take their temperature before contemplating what the museum called their "most emblematic works".

The special exhibition entitled “Reunion” includes some 190 works that were relocated within the enormous museum to facilitate the flow of visitors, who must follow a pre-established route that passes through “Las meninas”, by Velásquez; "The Annunciation" by Fra Angelico, and "Saturn Devouring a Son" by Rubens.

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The last time El Prado was closed that long was during the Civil War of 1936-39. The other two main art museums, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, also reopened.

“Today is the first day and we have many grains after so long. We go to museums every two months, "said Cristina Munteano, 35, at the Museo Reina Sofía, where Picasso's" Guernica "is located.

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“It is a bit strange because you have to adjust to the new normal, wear the masks, have to wait in line. There are many workers and they are very pending. Most people respect it, but there are those who don't. But other than that it's like before. ”

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It is worth mentioning that in other countries they are also taking measures, as for example the theaters in Buenos Aires announce they will open their doors to the public after being paralyzed for more than two months. The opening is scheduled for this Friday, and it is anticipated that there will be no public, however, many people live from culture, so to a certain extent they seek to support these difficult times.

Since March 20, theaters, cinemas and other cultural spaces have been closed in the Argentine capital when President Alberto Fernández ordered social isolation to prevent the spread. This measure affected some 4,300 artists who make a living from their work, but has also impacted other sectors of the artistic environment.

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