Brexit, Bremain, BrexArt: London Art Biennale 2017

At the Chelsea Old Town Hall everyone was of course talking about art, but also of music, of the precious Strozzi Princes wines and of politics as well. I heard many comments on whether it was the right decision or maybe the wrong decision. But what interested me most was what the organisers thought about the matter. So, when I managed to cross paths with
Mr. Roberto Gagliardi in person, the organiser of exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum, at the Lord Leighton House Museum and many art Biennales, I asked him: “Brexit or Bremain?” His witty answer was: “BrexArt, of course!”. 

Then I asked his real opinion. Gagliardi said: “We have been on King’s Road at number 509 for almost 40 years, and we have seen terrible crises in the 70s, in the 80s and this latest one in 2008.Every time there is a hard period we have always pulled up our sleeves and worked harder. 
When I look around me, at what’s happening in France, Italy and in many other countries on the continent, my personal opinion is that Brexit means Brexit and as my grandfather used to say - better alone than in bad company! The United Kingdom is a great economic power, the English are a people of fighters. 

We will probably suffer economically for a few years but afterwards the Uk will become the new Switzerland of Europe.British bureaucracy is as low as can be, laws are few and very clear. 
London is the economic capital of Europe and will always be so.
I believe in a strong United Kingdom but it is important that the people also believe it.  My opinion is that of a mature man, but my son Peter who is 30 years old and graduated in Law at UCL, is of the very same opinion.” 

After talking to Mr. Gagliardi I asked around a bit but this subject is so controversial that I gave up in the end.
I preferred to let the guests enjoy the music, the beautiful artworks and the fantastic wines from the 1000 acres of vineyards of the Strozzi Princes in Tuscany.
I also met Mr. Lonnie Schlein, Pulitzer Prize winner in 2002, and I asked him what he thought about the Biennale: he started singing “New York, New York”.