The City Council of Porto announced today that it will annually pay 100 thousand euros to the Serralves Foundation, for a period of 25 years, so that the Miró Collection is protected and promoted nationally and internationally.
Under the Protocol of Deposit and Cultural Promotion signed today between the Municipality of Porto and the Serralves Foundation on the 85 works of Miró held by the State from the former Portuguese Business Bank (BPN) and now assigned to the city, the Câmara Municipal do Porto also undertakes to finance, up to one million euros, the works of expansion, remodelling or conservation of the Casa de Serralves, which will receive the permanent exhibition of Miró’s works.
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister for his commitment and for the chairman of the Serralves board of directors also for the commitment,” said the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, at the ceremony to sign the protocols signed between the Government, Porto and the Serralves Foundation and aiming for the 85 works of the Miró Collection to remain for 25 years in Oporto.
For his part, the prime minister, António Costa, stated that the “fundamental reason for choosing Porto” is that it boosts and diversifies access to culture.
“There is more country beyond Lisbon and in a moment of national projection and tourism activity it is natural that we strengthen the creative capacity and artistic scene of Oporto,” said the Prime Minister, explaining further that Serralves was the chosen institution because it was not necessary to create a new installation to welcome the works of the Catalan artist.