This is the purpose of jihad terrorism: to terrorize us, and force us to curtail our activities, and live cowering in fear until we submit to Islam altogether just to get the terror to stop. If the French government and European authorities were doing something to stop the Muslim migrant influx, which will only lead to more jihad, this closing would not have been necessary. Instead, watch for many, many more art galleries and other institutions to close.
The Paris Pinacotheque, one of France’s rare privately owned art galleries, is to close as visitor numbers have plunged following the November shootings in Paris.
The Pinacotheque, which has been under court receivership for three months, said that like all Paris galleries it had suffered a dramatic drop in attendance.
Opened in 2007, the Pinacotheque’s two exhibition spaces on the Place de la Madeleine in central Paris mainly ran temporary exhibits with works loaned from other galleries or private collections and had a testy relationship with the public French art gallery world.
“The disastrous economic climate due to a large extent to the Nov. 13 attacks forces us to close the Madeleine sites in Paris,” the museum said in a statement on Saturday.
Last year’s show on Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession attracted nearly 400,000 visitors, according to the museum.
Following the November attacks in which Islamist militants killed 130 people and the January 2015 attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a Jewish deli in which 17 people were killed, the Paris tourist industry has suffered.
Preliminary official data released late January showed gallery attendance in the Paris region had dropped 5 per cent last year. The Louvre, the world’s most visited art gallery, saw visitor numbers drop to 8.7 million from 9.3 million in 2014.
The Pinacotheque will close on Monday evening, prematurely ending an exhibition of photographs by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld which was set to run until the end of March.
The gallery said it hopes to reopen in a less expensive site in a few years, adding that part of its permanent collection – made up mainly from private collector’s loans – would be partly relocated to the Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris.
Founder Marc Restellini told Le Monde that as a private gallery the Pinacotheque struggled to compete with state-owned galleries, which do not pay rent or value-added tax on their ticket sales.
Major private art galleries such as Fondation Maeght in southeast France, Jacquemart-Andre in Paris and the recently opened Paris Louis Vuitton Foundation, are rare in France, where the state runs most top collections.