The Ministry of Culture today indicated that the exhibition of works of art from the national museum reserves, in regional and local museums, is part of the Plan of Valorization of the Interior created by the Government.
The statement came from Office of the Minister of Culture, Graça Fonseca, on the statements made by Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister of Economy and Economy, on Wednesday in Parliament on the creation of a polo of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in a city in the interior of the country.
In a response sent by e-mail, prepared by the offices of the Minister of Culture and the Deputy Minister and the Economy, the statements made in the parliament are framed in the Plan of Valorization of the Interior, “announced, published and consulted online since July 2018.”
This plan “involves all areas of Government, including Naturally the Culture, under the coordination of the Deputy Minister and the Economy and the Secretary of State for the Appreciation of the Interior,” the statement said.
One of the objectives of the plan is to “identify existing works of art in reservations in national museums that are not on display (and for which there is no physical space available to expose them), establishing partnerships with regional and/or local museums for their exhibition It is the implementation of this measure that is under analysis, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Chiado.”
“What is at stake is to comply with these measures of the area of culture within the framework of this Government’s strategic policies of decentralization and the valorization of the interior,” added the offices of the two ministries.
The announcement was made on Wednesday in the Assembly of the Republic by the Deputy Minister and Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira, answering questions from PSD deputy Jorge Paulo Oliveira during a hearing in the Committee on Environment, Spatial Planning, Decentralization, Local Power and Housing.
The minister was asked about the state of affairs “of the study of the relocation of state archives inland, and how many regional poles of national museums were opened inland in 2018.”
Pedro Siza Vieira commented that the deputy referred to “measures included in the Program for Appreciation of the Interior“.
“We are working to locate a pole of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in a city in the interior of the country. The work is to find suitable facilities and make the budget work,” said the minister in the response.
“The idea will be, while maintaining the artistic direction within the framework of the national museum, may, part of the estate, have a permanent exhibition in another region of the country,” he added.
Emília Ferreira, director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Chiado Museum, said she did not know about the project.
The ministers’ offices said: “What is at stake is not to relocate museums, to create conditions throughout the country for access to culture, through measures that complement the cultural offerings between national equipment and regional “.
“It is not a question of relocating works of art on display in national museums, it is a matter of relocating works of art that are stored in national museum reserves to museums where they can be exhibited and visited,” the two responsible also maintain in the joint communiqué.
In the plan, “Regional Museums National Poles” are appointed to “evaluate the creation of regional centers of national museums in the municipalities of the interior territories, in articulation with local authorities, with the objective of promoting and disseminating the works of the main museums of the country in regions where supply and access to art is scarce. ”
“In addition to contributing to increasing the attractiveness and sustainability of equipment located in the interior, increasing tourist potential, but undervalued and underutilized, the collections of national museums, especially those not exposed to the general public, and that in these regions gain another projection, ” according to the document.
Under the same plan, the Government intends to “identify works of art, whether owned by the State or collections in which the State participates in the exhibition decisions – as in the case of the New Bank Collection – which can and should integrate itineraries in different museums of the country “.
As examples of this policy, they indicate the most recent initiatives to place works of art from the Novo Banco collection in several regional museums, and the itineraries of works belonging to the so-called “SEC Collection” (State Secretariat for Culture), museums in in the north of the country, and the recently inaugurated exhibition in Braga, in partnership with the Serralves Foundation.
Located in the historic centre of Lisbon, the Chiado Museum was founded in 1911 as a National Museum of Contemporary Art, and its collection includes more than 5,000 pieces of art, in a chronological journey from 1850 to the present day, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and video.
Regarding the same PSD deputy’s question on State Archives, the Deputy Minister of Economy said in parliament: “We have too many physical archives located in the city of Lisbon in various services, in the Ministry of Justice, in the Ministry of Health, social security and occupy a valuable space in the centre of the city and, at the same time, its mobilization for a space in the interior, not only allows to liberate these spaces, but also create qualified employment in the interior regions.”