Collaborations with the State Hermitage Museum are particularly problematic since the director, Mikhail Piotrovsky, flaunts his bond with Putin.
Rachel Spence is an arts writer and poet. Her journalism appears regularly in the Financial Times. She has published three volumes of poetry, most recently Call and Response (Emma Press, 2020). Her book, March on the Museums (Hurst Publishing) is due in late 2022.
It Is Time for International Museums to Sever Ties With China
The recent atrocities mean that museums working with Chinese state-run enterprises need to think long and hard about their presence.