Should Tate Britain continue to accept BP sponsorship?Posted by Daan Neleman | 1-07-2010 18:51 | Category: News
In the UK a group of artists have protested that Tate Britain is still sponsored by BP. They think that the logo of the troubled company has a negative impact on Modern Art as a whole.
But let’s look at it from another perspective. BP has sponsored cultural life in the UK for more than 20 years now. Museums like the British Museum, Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Opera House got millions and millions during these years. And in a time wherein cultural sponsorship is in decline this is no sinecure.
Don’t mistake me. BP is more than to blame in the way they handle the situation in the Gulf of Mexico. And they are also to blame in the mayor abuse of the environment. But they are not the only one: we are, governments are, and the oil industry is also part of the plot. That’s why in my opinion BP needs a second chance. And I hope that their contribution to Modern Art can be a positive message in a world that needs change.
What do you think?
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