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Former RIBA Drawings Collection curator John Harris is nothing if not outspoken. Hence a splenetic attack on the new architecture galleries and facilities for the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, published in the Art Newspaper.

You can tell he is cross because he misspells many of the names of individuals mentioned in his piece, including George 'Fergusson', Richard 'Siefert' and 'Colen' Amery. His main complaint is that by not mentioning the old Heinz Gallery exhibitions in his speech at the V&A opening, president Ferguson was 'suppressing' their achievement. This seems harsh. The speech was about the future, not the past, with the collections now in a splendid home infinitely superior to the genteel (and technically Neanderthal) pigsty in Portman Square. As an audition piece for 'Grumpy Old Men', the review was quite good; it elicited a witty response from Harris' successor as curator, Charles Hind, who points out that one of the forthcoming exhibitions in the V&A is curated by? John Harris!

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