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The director of the IVAM, Nuria Enguita, in front of the work 'Quipu quemated', by Cecilia Vicuña, from the new exhibition of the collection, presented last week.
The director of the IVAM, Nuria Enguita, in entrance of the work 'Quipu quemated', by Cecilia Vicuña, from the brand new exhibition of the gathering, introduced final week.Monica Torres

The Valencian Generalitat has knowledgeable the prosecution of the donation of two rustic properties in 2022 by the present director of the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), Nuria Enguita, to the Todolí Citrus Foundation, chaired by the artwork professional Valencian Vicente Todolí, who was a member of the worldwide jury that elected her to the place two years earlier.

The Ministry of Culture, led by First Vice President Vicente Barrera, of Vox, has introduced the doc in case the details might be thought-about “as indicative of a possible criminal offense.” “From the different articles published it could be deduced that the selected candidate would have made a pure donation in favor of the member of the evaluation commission, not modal or conditional, so it could be a remunerative donation,” the grievance states, which alludes to data printed by the digital newspaper The Spanish.

The director of the IVAM considers that this can be a “defamatory campaign” launched towards her on “a strictly private issue.” “I want to clarify that in June 2022 I made a donation to the Todolí Citrus Fundació de la Comunitat Valenciana, a non-profit foundation for the defense of the environment and sociocultural that includes research, dissemination and defense of the cultivation of traditional citrus fruits in the Community. Valenciana, under the tutelage of the Protectorate exercised by the Generalitat,” he states in a press release, in response to the printed data.

He then specifies that the donation was a part of a crowdfunding or micro-patronage marketing campaign during which greater than 25 individuals participated, amongst whom are artists of acknowledged status and worldwide projection, resembling Maurizio Cattelan, Cildo Meireles, Matt Mullican, Miroslaw Balka, Juan Uslé, Carmen Calvo, Antonio Miralda, Cristina Iglesias, Tacita Dean, Nan Goldin, Roni Horn, Antoni Muntadas or Juliao Sarmento. He insists that there was no donation to any pure individual, on this case to Todolí, former director of the Tate Modern in London and a key artwork conservator within the launch and consolidation of the IVAM as creative director of the museum till 1996.

The individual accountable for the museum explains that the donation consisted of the switch of some unproductive land within the Alicante Vall de la Gallinera, acquired in 1999 with the goal of rescuing an ethnological heritage of dry stone terraces within the space of ​​La Penya Foradada. Various businessmen and the Palmera City Council are current on the board of the muse, very near Gandia, the municipality the place the El Bartolí farm is situated, the place greater than 400 sorts of citrus fruits from the Foundation are explored.

Nuria Enguita was elected director for 5 years by a jury made up of the next members: two members of the autonomous Administration, the artists Virginia Paniuagua and Ricard Silvestre; Vicent Todolí, creative director of the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan; Manuel Borja.Villel, then director of the Reina Sofía Museum; Iwona Blazwick, director of the Witechapel Gallery in London and Bernard Blistène, then director of the Museum of Modern Art on the Center Pompidou in Paris.

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Two candidates introduced themselves, though certainly one of them didn’t meet the required necessities and was discarded, so Enguita's candidacy remained the one one. There is not any proof that any problem was introduced to the competitors. Enguita got here to the administration of the museum after serving as creative director of the non-public cultural heart Bombas Gens in Valencia, which in a short while made a prestigious identify for itself within the up to date artwork circuit of Spain. Todolí was the creative advisor within the acquisition of the Bombas Gens assortment. In 1991 and 1998, Enguita was curator of the IVAM, the place she coincided for just a few years with Todolí and later was creative director for a decade of the Fundació Tàpies, during which she changed Manuel Borja-Villel, and curator of exhibitions. Sources from the artwork world level out that, typically, some potential candidates for a contest quit getting ready for it when a powerful candidacy, with hyperlinks to the convening museum, emerges from the presentation.

The 2020 contest was known as by the earlier Government of the Generalitat, fashioned by the PSPV-PSOE, Compromís and Unides Podem. It was the second public competitors in line with the code of fine practices to decide on the route of the museum, after the controversial stage of Consuelo Ciscar (2004-2014), sentenced to a yr and a half in jail (she didn’t enter) and two years of disqualification. for utilizing the museum's sources for the good thing about an artist son. The first, held in 2015, was received by José M. García Cortés, who returned to the museum. The solely member of the jury who has repeated within the competitions was the Valencian Manuel Borja-Villel. Enguita additionally participated in that decision and was one of many six finalists. Cortés, who had beforehand been director of the Espai d'Art of Castelló by Ciscar's appointment, criticized the truth that the left-wing authorities didn’t renew him as head of the IVAM (the governing council resigned in protest), known as the choice political and resigned. enter the 2020 contest.

The information of the donation of the agricultural land has emerged two months after the Ministry of Culture dismissed José Luis Pérez Pont as director of the Center del Carme and the Museum Consortium for alleged “malpractice” and “irregularities” in his administration. , in line with the arguments put ahead by the Ministry of Culture. Some sources within the artwork sector level to the chance that Barrera's division makes use of the identical justification to now exchange Enguita on the head of the IVAM with a yr and a half left till the top of his contract. Neither Barrera nor his quantity two within the ministry, Paula Añó, regional secretary of Culture, attended final Thursday the opening of the exhibition with which the occasions celebrating the 35 years of the IVAM started.

Hours earlier than the choice to take the donation to the prosecutor's workplace was revealed, Vicente Barrera commented within the morning that his division “as council”had not opened an investigation. “If there are any irregularities, the competent authorities will have to clarify them,” mentioned Barrera, who recalled that audits might be carried out on your complete public enterprise sector, not simply IVAM. “To date everything has seemed legal and consistent as far as we have been able to see,” he mentioned, referring to the museum.