International Committee for Museums calls on Rio City Hall on crisis in MAR – 11/01/2020 – Illustrated

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Cimam (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art) published on Saturday (11) an appeal to the city of Rio de Janeiro.

“Cimam wishes to express its deep concern about the current ability of the Rio Art Museum (MAR) to secure salaries and services from 2020.”

The committee asks Mayor Marcelo Crivella (Republicans) to maintain public funding from MAR. With an economic crisis in the city, the transfer of funds to the Odeon Institute, which runs the museum, is threatened, the statement said.

The museum, founded in 2013, the note goes, “has gained worldwide recognition for combining an international artistic vision with educational programs and for focusing on low-income communities.” The loss of public funds would result in the collapse of the museum, according to Cimam.

Between November and December 2019, the museum’s employees were under notice, which was suspended after the MAR received a contribution of R $ 451,000 from the city – which had not made transfers since September to the Odeon Institute. The crisis in the house has been the cause of recent protests by the art class.

Lack of resources mainly compromised payroll — the institution’s exhibits are funded by public culture incentive programs.

In early November, Evandro Salles, then MAR’s cultural director, left his post following criticism of Rio’s City Hall, which he attributed to a “profound dismantling of cultural and artistic apparatuses.”

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