Giveaways and free gifts are not something many Britons are used to in these times of economic recession and cuts. It is more ‘now you will have less money’ than ‘now we are actually going to do something for you’. Not only do people in Britain get to feel the recession on their skin, believe it or not, so does art. I can’t even count how many articles I have read over the the last year or two about cuts in art founding, not to mention the threats to make people pay for a visit to their favourite gallery. Therefore, when reading that a genius art collector donated 57 old Italian pieces of art to British galleries – with, which proved to be the clever part, strings attached – it could make even Mona Lisa grin her teeth. To cut it short, Sir Denis Mahon, who has throughout the years of his life built himself an impressive collection of 17th century baroque masterpieces, donated in his will all of his paintings to English museums, only with one condition – the galleries were never allowed to charge for admission to see these paintings. Then, by putting all of these works of art in the hands of the Art Fund to distribute to the English nation, not only did Mr Mahon give England a treasure chest, he also made a very clear statement in these days of cuts and confusions – even when the government has to take away peoples money, let their art be free.
The Artsy JournalistThe expected and the unexpected news from the London art scene
About meBeing the art geek that I am, moving to London proved to be the perfect opportunity to explore what the big city had to offer. Running from exhibition to exhibition whilest admiring and criticizing one artist after the other, this blog shares some of my thoughts and findings with whoever's out there with a little art in their heart. To tell the story short, I am a 20-year-old English Literature and Journalism student at Kingston University. Being originally Norwegian, I escaped to other shores a few years ago to try my luck and go on my life's adventure. Coming from a small town where art is non-existent (so to speak), London is my Mecca and fuels my everyday need with its cultural, vibrant and exciting art world. The only thing left to say is - The Artsy Journalist is ready to report.
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