Monday, March 02, 2009

Leaky building syndrome

You’ll recall how last week Te Papa had the good fortune to have the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston simply shrug its shoulders when water leaked into a gallery housing paintings by Monet, Cezanne and others indemnified by the New Zealand Government.

Now it is the Auckland Art Gallery’s turn to hope that the MCA in Sydney will feel equally sanguine about a leak that has caused at least one work to be removed from the touring show Yinka Shonibare MBE for conservation.

Two leading New Zealand art museums hosting two internationally significant exhibitions both suffering from problems with leaking roofs … what are the chances?