View from gallery
• Many people have questioned the proposed merger of the National Gallery of Ireland (NGI), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, pointing out that these institutions have separate collections, diverse roles and contribute differently -- as artist Ann Madden said -- "to the tapestry of our national identify".
Merger, under a single board with a newly appointed director general, is a mistake. While troika seems to be the flavour of the day, the logic behind the amalgamation of this artistic trinity is questionable; the proposal will, most likely, not lead to significant savings.
However, at both cultural and societal levels, it has the potential to fatally undermine a trio of significant institutions. To seriously consider that NGI, IMMA and Crawford could maintain and expand their potential under this proposed structure is a fallacy, and causes one to ponder the authenticity of any informed governmental policy on culture and the arts.