Petition: open museums and art spaces

A petition that calls for the reopening of art spaces has so far collected over 30.000 signatures.


‘We do not want museums and artistic institutions – once the treasuries of the mind – to turn into burial chambers for art that cannot be seen by anyone. The doors have to be opened again so that every art enthusiast, every maker, every professional can again immerse him- or herself in art.’ Thus was stated by Anne Wenzel and Lucette ter Borg who have, under the title of Schuilen in het Rijks, launched a petition to call for the reopening of museums and other art spaces.

So far, the petition was signed over 30.000 times. It will be presented to the Dutch government on the 17th of May, 2021. Until then, you can sign the petition here.



We, artists, art professionals and art enthusiasts


  • That the even longer closure will irreparably damage the art-sector. – The closure of exhibition spaces means destruction of resources, both in a material and immaterial sense.
  • Artists are losing their market, art professionals are losing their work, the art public (young and old) is losing sight of a different perspective.
  • Through time slots, regulating visitor flows and ventilating the halls, museums can open safely according to the rules of the RIVM (National Institute for Health and Environment).

and request

That museums and institutes can reopen their doors to the public as soon as possible. This allows artists and art professionals to finally do their work again and art to be seen by everyone. This way, art can once again become an essential part of our society.

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Platform BK researches the role of art in society and takes action for a better art policy. We represent artists, curators, designers, critics and other cultural producers.