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Galleries and museums are guilty of boosting global warming and paying too much for heating and air conditioning, according to Tate galleries director Sir Nicholas Serota. The influential art expert is leading a backroom campaign to urge fellow art gallery chiefs across the world to drop stringent rules about the temperature and humidity levels inside their buildings.
“There is a strong feeling emerging that new galleries and refurbishment should not have to assume the same established levels for climate and humidity,” said Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund and former director of Tate Britain. “But in the last few years there has been much more pressure on galleries around the world to lend precious works they would not have considered lending before, and so they look for reassurance.”
“Fundamentally, any experience of a work of art is a learning activity. If I go into a studio and see work that was made yesterday, I have only my own resources and experience to rely on in trying to interpret, understand and create a relationship with it. People always cite a primary experience when I ask them how they became involved in art. Whether it’s a curator, a collector or a visitor, the most important thing is that they were standing in front of something, rather than reading a book or looking at an image.”