After years of legal wrangling, the Tate museums group has finally disclosed the details of its sponsorship agreement with oil company BP.
The Tate yesterday filed an appeal to a court order that would have required the museum to release internal documents relating to its controversial sponsorship deal with British Petroleum (BP), Hyperallergic has learned.
When BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in April 2010, an estimated 172 million gallons of oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico, creating the worst petroleum-industry spill in U.S. history. The stories and images of crude oil reaching the coastlines of the Gulf States were appalling — pelicans mired in grease, local fishermen devastated, ocean water slick with oil, ecological systems threatened. But that mess is fixed now, all cleaned up by BP. The oceans are clear. Swimming is safe. And we can all happily gobble down as much Louisiana gumbo as we desire. This is what BP would have you believe.