Electricity and gas prices make it difficult to operate large showrooms. They feel it, for example, in the monasteries of Cesky Krumlov or the Egon Schiele private art center there, where energy costs increase by 100 percent. Although they are already saving where possible, they are considering closing completely for the winter.
The savings were already made, for example, in the former cells of Poor Clares in the monasteries of Cesky Krumlov.
“We remind you that poor Clarisse lived here, so there is an old stove with a heating element. The body heats the stove a little, it is not used for heating, so we decided that this consumption of electricity was unnecessary, and we turned off the stove, ”explains the operator Jean Fozabal.
More austerity measures will follow. “In the months when attendance is not high, we will probably close. It is about January and we are also thinking about February. We are also careful not to ventilate unnecessarily, we reduce thermal comfort, but not too much, because we also have to take into account the exhibits. We cannot somehow underestimate the value of a multi-million collection. We want to put curtains at the entrances to the building,” explains Jan Vozabal.
The territory of the Cesky Krumlov monasteries is vast. “Its area is about five thousand square meters. Poor Clares monastery is heated. On the contrary, in the former monastery of the Chinese, today for the Crusaders, these are unheated spaces, because there is a space and a chapel, ”explains Jan Fozabal.
“I don’t have a place to take it”
Hana Germosova Lazarovic, director of the private Egon Schiele Center for the Arts, is also concerned about electricity and gas prices. “I have already discussed with the experts what we will do when we have to shut down, whether we have to drain the water completely, or cover it with mattresses in the winter. We are already dealing with a lot of crisis situations.”
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Like the monasteries, the Egon Schiele Center for the Arts has also been affected by the 100% increase in energy prices.
“We are no longer burning on the floor in the main hall, but we simply can’t have less than forty thousand kronor a month. And besides, whether I heat up or not, I pay sixty thousand on a gas deposit. This will probably disappear sometime in the November, December, when we have to flood ”, according to Hana Germosova Lazarovich.
“I have nowhere to go. If we didn’t have the virus years behind us, it would be different. Previously, we always had some reserves, we even had reserves for reconstruction and alterations, but we analyzed everything,” adds the director of the Egon Schiele Center for the Arts. It is planned to close the exhibition from January to March.