Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sir Roy Strong has said that British museums and galleries have a fear of being controversial. Zaidan Gallery http://goo.gl/KLCMp

The writer, broadcaster and former director of the V&A and National Portrait Gallery Sir Roy Strong has said that British museums and galleries have a fear of being controversial.

Strong said: "There's a real fear of being controversial beyond certain [contemporary] works of art and what I call the Britart scene … I haven't seen any museum or gallery really present anything that made you sit up and say 'oh my God, I didn't realise that was going on' or 'we've got to rethink that'."

He said that the Department of Culture Media and Sport have a 'very strong hold' over arts institutions at the moment which leads to galleries staging 'endless Renoir exhibitions'.

"Nobody dares put on an exhibition that actually criticises government or public policy … The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has a very strong hold over them. They're obsessed by political correctness... more