Photo: York Art Gallery
I went to York Art Gallery recently and was underwhelmed. There are some good things, but the display is dull and the wall text poor - the well-known artist Domenichino was listed only by his less familiar proper name, Domenico Zampieri. One of the best-known paintings in York is a fine Baburen Cimon and Pero (below), which was badly lit and hung too high to be seen, with only mediocre paintings hung at eye-level.
Instead of curatorial content, there's a big notice board inviting comment from the public. None of this inspires confidence in the £8m redevelopment. A few tens of pounds would pay for re-hanging the collection more sensibly and enhancing the wall text. The current building is perfectly adequate, but they could make some really excellent additions to collection for £8m.