Activists force Tate Modern to close over BP

Cross Posted from Liberal Conspiracy

by Sunny Hundal
May 18, 2010 at 10:28 am

Tate Modern was forced to close down parts of its No Soul For Sale tenth anniversary exhibition this Saturday whilst it struggled to remove dozens of dead fish and oil-soaked birds hanging from huge black balloons let loose in the Turbine Hall.

Art activists from Liberate Tate, a growing network dedicated to ensuring the museum drop its sponsorship deal with BP (British Petroleum), infiltrated Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and released dozens of helium-filled black balloons with dead animals attached.

Crowds of tourists and art lovers gathered to watch the balloons rise up in the air until they filled the ceiling of the Turbine Hall.

Josephine Buoys, who took part in the art action, said:

We took this action whilst Tate sponsor BP is creating the largest oil painting in the world. Across the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and livelihoods are being devastated by their oil spill. Every day Tate scrubs clean BP’s public image with the detergent of cool progressive art. Yet there is nothing cool about a corporation that cares more about its profits than life or the future of our fragile world.

The activist group is promising further actions to “free art from oil” by artists and activists across Britain until Tate ends its association with BP.

It has also issued an open invitation for artists, activists, art lovers and other concerned members of the public to act to ensure that Tate ends its oil sponsorship by the end of 2011 ahead of Tate Modern’s expansion into its cleaned out underground oil tanks.

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