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PP communities criticize Urtasun’s museum decolonization and C-LM supports it

The Valencian Community calls for a common front against the proposed “examination” of Spanish museums in the colonial framework proposed by the Minister of Culture, Ernest Urtasun. The Community of Murcia sees it as “a phenomenon,” and the Community of Madrid considers it a disruptive maneuver, while the community of Castilla-La Mancha shows its support for the initiative.

The first vice president of the Generalitat and Minister of Culture, Vicente Barrera, was the first to speak, accusing the minister of “buying the black legend” of Spain when talking about cultural “decolonization,” ensuring that the Valencian Community acts “as a dam to prevent.”. In this sense, he urged the representative of the central executive to “promote culture and not dictate it,” while calling on other autonomous communities to create a common front “in the face of any interference.” The councilor showed his “deep concern” about these words and sent a message of “calm” because “cultural skills are transferred to communities.” “And we will fight for freedom and equality,” he added.

“We all know what it means when communism puts its claws in culture, history, and the world: rewriting history, rewriting culture, and censoring everything they don’t like,” said Barrera, who insisted on its readiness to act as a “dam against this “awakened” cultural policy and lack of freedom and cultural plurality that the new minister seems to want to impose.”For its part, the Community of Madrid assures that Urtasun’s announcement is a measure “that only serves to distract from the amnesty.” It was reported this Wednesday by sources from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Sports to Europa Press, who explained that when Urtasun explains “what exactly it proposes,” the regional government will analyze it. .

Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth, and Sports of the region of Murcia described the words of Minister Urtasun as “a new phenomenon resulting from his great ignorance of the history of Spain.” “The last thing Spain needs is debates imported from other societies,” sources from the Murcian ministry told Europa Press. These same sources emphasize that Spanish culture is “enjoyed throughout the world and has built unique relationships with the rest of the Spanish-speaking world.”

In addition, they reject the “taking over of the powers of the state museums” in Murcia because they consider it “impossible” to take over this administration “without providing sufficient and necessary financing for development and planning it.” “From the Region of Murcia, we are in charge, with adequate planning, responsibility, and direction, of managing our own network of museums, museums that also prove in 2023 their good state of health with an increase in the number of visitors and a significant increase in flow. compared to previous years,” they concluded.

Castilla-La Mancha: “It’s a natural inertia.”

On the other hand, the Government of Castilla-La Mancha showed its support for the minister this Wednesday, adding that it is “a matter of natural inertia and evolution.” The Minister of Education, Culture, and Sports, Amador Pastor, showed this in response to questions from the media after the meeting he held in Toledo with Urtasun, to show that this is a work that has been done “for a long time.” “The great strength that we always have is that with the resources of the state that are in the territories and that we manage from the regional governments, there is always an understanding of progress,” he said, adding that the issue of “development” should be “developed, outlined, and concretized.” What he said is that these are not “big problems” or “big challenges.” “Both institutions really depend on who is in charge of managing the museums, on the artistic directors, who have a more forward-looking vision and who really develop this issue with the frameworks we built from. the administrations,” finished.

At the end of that meeting, the Minister of Culture himself defended that “there should not be much controversy” in the decolonization of museums because it is an exercise that has been carried out “for a long time” in many European countries and, also, in Spain. Urtasun explained that it is “simple” to update the museography. “There are museums that are not the same today as they were a few years ago, because there are new perspectives, because they need to be updated, and that is what has been done.” In this way, he remembered that this Tuesday there are directors of “very important museums” in the country who explained that they have been doing these reviews for a long time. “In my appearance, basically, what I limit myself to is echoing something that has been done and continues to be done, and no more,” he concluded.

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