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Monty Python snub ‘pretentious’ Victoria and Albert Museum

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Eric Idle, one of many founding members of the British comedy troupe Monty Python, revealed in his memoir At all times Look on the Brilliant Aspect of Life that the group pulled out of a lately deliberate exhibition on the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London after clashing with the establishment over the present’s proposed title.

Idle and his fellow Python comedians, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones, wished to name the exhibition Monty Python: The Identical Outdated Bollocks, however V&A curators most popular Monty Python: from Dalí to Useless Parrots, which the group hated. “It grew to become clear they have been doing an exhibition on Surrealism…,” writes Idle in his guide. “Pretentious nonsense. We’re nothing to do with Dalí or Duchamp… Python has all the time been about comedy. That’s the artwork.” He provides: “I used to be by no means prouder of Python than after we all stated no. The museum couldn’t imagine it.”

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