Lleida museum workers “worried” about possible Sixena artworks removal
Employees from the Museum of Lleida claim Madrid’s direct rule over Catalonia “slows down” cultural activity and demand release of Catalan leaders
The workers from the Catalan culture department have said they are “very worried” about the possible removal of Sixena artworks from the Museum of Lleida. Regarding the issue, member of the Catalan culture department Pep Tort noted that employees of the museum fear that “more excuses are being used to question the legitimacy of the museum’s collections.”
In a protest in front of the Museum of Lleida against the imprisonment of Catalan political and social leaders and the enforcement of Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, Tort also highlighted that the workers of the museum regret the “judicialization” and “politicisation” of the work that they are carrying out.
“We never wanted to use heritage in politics,” he said. “This museum opened ten years ago and for many of us it’s a milestone in the long history of our heritage,” added Tort.
“We never wanted to use heritage in politics”
Pep Tort · Member of the Catalan culture department
“Freedom for political prisoners”
In the tenth anniversary of the museum, the workers gathered outside and held a banner reading “Freedom for political prisoners”. There are two main raisons why the workers of the Museum of Lleida demonstrated. On the one hand, they noted that they have problems to work as they did before, because “the Catalan government is in exile or in prison” because of “the enforcement of Article 155”, through which the Spanish government took over Catalan self-rule.
Madrid’s direct rule “slows down” museum’s activity
One of the workers of the Catalan culture department, Pep Tort, said that since September the activity of the department “slowed down”, as it “depends on the approval of the budgets.” Thus, he stressed that Article 155 is affecting a lot the Catalan culture department because it needs “administrative agility” in order to work properly.