Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Art Gallery of ? ? ?

I foolishly thought that the new art gallery was being named Art Gallery of Saskatchewan to recognize the province's contribution to the project. I had it in mind that perhaps it would be a provincial gallery, rather than a city gallery as was the Mendel, and thus receive some provincial funding for the increased operational costs to come.

However, based on the article in today's SP (May 31/11) it would appear that the soon to be announced major donor is negotiating his/her social immortality by having the gallery named in recognition for his/her contribution. I assume then that this donation will exceed the province's $13 million.

It reminded me of a visit I had at an art museum in Italy. Accordingly to the gallery guide the faces in the massive paintings were in fact the faces of major donors to the church. As time passed and a bigger donor stepped forward, the previous donor's face would be painted over with that of the new donor. Since the catholic church is one of the richest organizations in the world, this proven format may do well for financing the future costs of this new gallery.

Most the the naming rights have time frames built in. Then again, Mendel got 50 years of recognition for kick starting the gallery back the in '60s.

What will our mystery donor get?

1 comment:

  1. The Gallery of Atch is my bet.

    I don't think it matters who the donor is, Atch's ego won't allow him to but someone else's name on it.

    I'm still waiting for the Macy's Parade style Atchinson balloon to be shipped and floated above Saskatoon.


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