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Musical protest disrupts launch of National Gallery exhibition

National Gallery taken to task in song for Shell sponsorship and proposed privatisation on eve of staff strike

At 11.25 on Tuesday morning, the official media launch of the National Gallery’s Shell-sponsored Rembrandt exhibition was interrupted by an unexpected musical protest. Ten performers (from the Art Not Oil coalition groups BP or not BP? and Shell Out Sounds) launched into a energetic reworked musical version of Dr. Faustus in front of surprised journalists, staff and gallery-goers.

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Oil sponsorship, Rembrandt & the National Gallery from rikki on Vimeo.