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Catherine de Zegher get support from art world via open letter

In an open letter to express 63 names from the Belgian and international art world for their support for the suspended museumdirectrice Catherine de Zegher.

The signatories say dismayed that an internationally respected curator when Catherine de Zegher after attacks in the media is isolated. That writes VRTnws, where the open letter appeared.

Catherine de Zegher was director at the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) when a discussion began about loans, the Russian avant-garde art in the museum. Ten international art experts are called in an open letter doubtful. In the aftermath of them went to the city of Ghent is about to be a temporary suspension of The Zegher as museumdirectrice.

Speak now 63 names from the art world, their support to De Zegher. Among them specialists from institutions as the Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern and the Museum of Centemporary Art in Sydney. There are also academics from Harvard, Princeton and Oxford. Artists who sign include Luc Tuymans, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Mona Hatoum, and Craigie Horsfield.

‘Trial by media’

The signatories speak of a ‘media campaign without factual basis with the allegations against the museum and presented there collection. They find that De Zegher is the victim of ‘trial by media’.

To date, say the 63, is the situation of the temporary suspension is unchanged. They say that there is still no additional research or an independent material-technical expertise started by urban, regional or national government to give rulings on the authenticity of the work. Therefore, they write, continue to the allegations made in life. They fear that the situation is stuck, without a solution in sight.

Currently there are two investigations. The city of Ghent asked for an audit at ernst & young to verify that the museum loans carefully enough, an option at that before they exhibit.

The public prosecutor of Ghent took the exhibited work and relevant documentation in attachment. Both investigations are ongoing and there is so far no information yet available.

The 63 ask the government to remain independent in her judgment, and of a certain art market, which is linked to money and power’.

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