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Art’ at the British Museum, no mention was made of the fact that the bulk of major exhibits featured were from the museum’s own collection. Stupidly, I had believed – and perhaps was even misled by advance publicity – that the exhibition would feature a range of major sculptures I hadn’t seen before. I should have known better. During the months before the display opened, regular visitors would have noticed a weekly disappearance of prize pieces from the Greek and Roman galleries. Indeed, for two months

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in advance of the show half the Duveen gallery exhibiting Parthenon


material was crudely boarded off like a building site.

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that many works for which they were recommending the public pay handsomely could have

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It serves the
museum right that attendance for what was doubtless planned as a cash-cow blockbuster hasn’t risen above a
trickle. A sad irony is that works are better appreciated in src="//"> the deserted exhibition than they are normally when enveloped by noisy swarms of disaffected foreigners shuffling


with scarcely a glance at anything deemed unworthy of a selfie. It goes without saying that the more important works illustrated in the accompanying book
(which google_ad_height = 90; isn’t a catalogue), indeed the crucial ones to the show’s thesis, were not included in
the exhibition: they live in Greece, a country with whom regrettably we have no dealings.

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be gratis. And the Department
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museum trustees, all otherwise so proudly defensive of our free museums,
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of a visit there. We’ve been told often, mainly by the Director, that the museum tells a definitive google_ad_client = "ca-pub-3967079123942817"; story of classical sculpture
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Halicarnassus were, google_ad_client = "ca-pub-3967079123942817"; as usual, shut. But at least the wondrous, blissfully empty architecture galleries,


in my experience closed

only one who thinks renting masterpieces in bulk to the Middle East is
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post-war world of museums


where I discovered escape,
solitude, inspiration /* xin-1 */ and willing expertise on tap. Museums no
longer principally exist to benefit those dedicated to what they preserve. I regret this loss of

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innocence and


its replacement
by venal opportunism. At the same time, I’m grateful

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to have

experienced the best of it while it lasted.

David Lee

July/August 2015