Just a coincidence?
Charles Saatchi has for a second time been struck by fire, with his 'USA Today' exhibition of 30 young American painters at the Royal Academy postponed due to the alarming blaze in the west section and roof of the former Museum of Mankind in Burlington Gardens yesterday.
By a strange coincidence, the show is being publicised with this image by Josephine Meckseper entitled 'Pyromaniac 2'. We would never want to suggest that the whole thing was an elaborately staged publicity stunt... but was it? After all, news of the show has hardly been (ahem) setting the art world on fire, and anyway that old Museum of Mankind building is empty, almost derelict in fact and ripe for redevelopment.
We deserve to know the truth. Could this be yet another imaginative way of unloading some of the less valuable parts of his collection? And whatever WAS the result of that Momart fire in terms of insurance payouts?