British artists are asking the Museum to take money from oil company BP
ARTinvestment.RU   09 июля 2019

Foreign museums increasingly have to consider the reputation of the sponsors of their projects. And Yes, then they have to take money from companies, blamed society for responsible consumption, — petrochemical, pharmaceutical individual, etc.

pressure on the policies of the museums from public activists and artists is growing every year. The requirement, in other words, one thing to take money from donors, whose business is connected with risks to the environment and human health. Everyone understands that museums need money for cultural projects, but offer them to make sacrifices.

And the British (and American) museums for these victims go. In particular, recently, the national gallery refused sponsorship money to the British-нидерландской oil company Shell. Appeared information about the termination of cooperation by British Tate with BP (formerly British Petroleum). Later it became known that a number of museums will refuse the patronage of the family of Sakharov, whose pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma hooked Americans on oxycontin (based on of oxycodone, known as "hillbilly heroin").


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And here arrived a completely new case: a well-known British artists wrote a joint letter to the National portrait gallery with a proposal to take money from BP. And oilers, meanwhile, it's been a good 30 years of Finance competition for artists BP Portrait Award, the winner of which receives a prize equivalent to $43@now;000.

the Appeal to the Director of the National portrait gallery signed stars of the British art: Gary Hume, Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas, Rachel Whiteread and others. The artists note that BP, among other oil companies responsible for the climate crisis. And please do not renew a sponsorship contract with the company, the validity of which will expire in 2022. The national portrait gallery is not the first time you have to respond to the displacement of ethical boundaries. So, 30 years ago she had to refuse sponsorship from tobacco brand John Player. And this year, the Museum has stopped cooperation with a family of Sakharov.

the World is changing.

But to our country, the global trend has not yet come. Key partners of the leading museums of Russia, as a rule, are oil and gas companies and banks. In particular, in the list of partners of the Tretyakov gallery — NOVATEK, LUKOIL, Chevron, shell, "Gazprom oil" and BP. In sponsors of the Russian Museum — is also NOVATEK and LUKOIL.

Source: news.artnet.com

What else to read on the topic on AI:
At the Tate gallery the young man poured "oil";
Artists against BP;
Tate thinking to abandon the sponsorship of British Petroleum from-за protests of ecologists;
British Petroleum has promised £ 10 million to British museums.



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