Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Return visit to Ulster Museum (2)

For me one of the highlights of any visit to the Ulster Museum was always the magnificent Ulster Past and Present mural by the popular Belfast artist William Conor (1884-1968).  This was painted back in the 1930s for the Belfast Municipal Museum and Art Gallery, now the Ulster Museum, and it was then the largest mural in Ireland.

Various books and websites state that the mural is in the Ulster Museum and it is but there is no point in going there to see it.  With the refurbishment of the Ulster Museum the mural has been banished to the store room.

This was a magnificent piece of art and it is sad that after so many years visitors are to be denied the opportunity to see it.  The explanation that there is not enough wall space for it simply doesn't stand up to scrutiny. 

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