Museums under attack?

I found out recently when going to the Tiffany exhibit at the Musée du Luxembourg (which was great btw) that the museum is about to close! That exhibit could be the museum’s last with a planned closure in January 2010! Employees suggest that you sign their petition to protest against the closure of such a historical museum. After all, this museum first opened in 1750 and it was the first art museum to be open to the public in France! (Among other achievements) A better written post about this topic (in French).

Meanwhile, the Centre Pompidou is closed to visitors because the people working there are on strike! A post in French, one in English, to explain the main reason behind this strike: half the people going into retirement won’t be replaced starting in January 2010 and as many employees there are over 50, this means very soon the number of employees will crash… Such measures should also impact other cultural places such as the Louvre or Versailles. This is not going to get better soonish with a general call to strike for next Wednesday…

A coincidence? Or is “someone” bound on destroying Paris’ image of a culture-rich capital?

3 Comments so far

  1. Lil (lilianl) on November 30th, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

    I think I found out re Musee du Luxembourg’s planned closure a while back (shortly I blogged about the Tiffany Exhibit) but I didn’t know it was the first public museum ever in France. That’s a shame indeed if they shut it down.

    Re Centre Pompidou, I think that’s outrageous. I understand (kinda, albeit reluctantly, as I want the cultural stuff to stay!) the want to reduce staffing in the face of recession, but to freeze hiring completely is just crazy talk.


  2. Sarah (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

    Bij, Thanks for this and for all the interesting links you provided here.

    Lil, by the way, they are not reducing staff in the face of recession, this is part of a broader reform of the public sector as a whole (similar debates are going on in the hospital and university sectors).


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