It worries me somewhat that yesterday's announcement focused on the new section for modern art and fear that the museum for British art could be neglected as a result. Nick Serota's claim that the latter 'is not in any sense a parochial venture' hardly reassured me, for what could be more parochial than the present policy of displaying a tiny proportion of the collection and banishing major works to the vaults for a decade at a time?
This caters for a tiny public - essentially London-based regulars - and excludes the majority of visitors from the regions and from abroad. No wonder British art does not have much of a reputation - it is one of our best-kept secrets.
JANE BURTON LANGLEY
16 DecemberReuse content