The Easel

13th February 2024

National Gallery should scrap 1900 cut-off date, says art expert

London’s National Gallery collects works pre-1900 while later works go to the Tate. This arrangement should be scrapped, says a curator. Many contemporary artists take inspiration from long-dead artists. How can museumgoers understand their work if it cannot be seen next to the works that inspired it? That argument also works in reverse – today’s art helps explain the relevance of old work. New York’s Met is gradually making such a change.