DAILY ART FIX: The Queen of England’s Inaccessible Art Collection

Art world links which caught my eye…

Old Master paintings removed from the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace for the first time in almost 45 years in preparation for landmark exhibition.

The British monarchs have been collecting art for centuries. Most of the time the works are not available for public viewing, which leads to an article of complaint:

The Royal Collection is managed by the Royal Collection Trust, whose function stipulates it ensures “as much of the Royal Collection as possible can be seen by members of the public,” and “Access to the Royal Collection is broadened, in person, in print and online, and increased to ensure that as many people as possible are able to enjoy the Collection.” All these impediments — such limited availability during the year, a prohibitively high entry fee, little to no advertisement, and display arrangements less for examining the art than for conveying overall decorative impact — undermine the supposed goal of increasing and broadening access for enjoyment. The incongruity is amplified by the hyperbolic reviews accompanying the exhibition where the public can actually see the work. The public is thus obliged to get to this show before it is dismantled.

Read the full article here: HYPERALLERGIC – The Queen of England’s Inaccessible Art Collection


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