A BP Oil Protest Spills Through the British Museum’s Protest Exhibition

Issue no5
Oct-Nov 2019
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A BP Oil Protest Spills Through the British Museum’s Protest Exhibition. BP or not BP? gathered in opposition of oil giant BP’s financial stake at the British Museum, accusing the company of bolstering its political positioning through its arts investments.

LONDON — On October 27, a little after 2 pm, the British Museum saw a modest, yet affecting, protest in its exhibition I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent. A small group of artists from protest group BP or not BP? began unpacking props and distributing flyers, clad in bright red shirts reading “I OBJECT TO BP.” Since 2012, the group has been staging eye-catching performances to protest British oil giant BP’s sponsorship of major UK cultural institutions, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. This Saturday, their aim was to challenge the British Museum’s continuing partnership with BP, a controversial financial sponsor of the institution.

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