OFFICIAL STATEMENT – Board of Trustees MACBA following "The Beast and the Sovereign" exhibition

Thursday, March 26, 2015
OFFICIAL STATEMENT – Board of Trustees MACBA following "The Beast and the Sovereign" exhibition

Following the events of the last few days regarding the exhibition The Beast and the Sovereign, MACBA’s Board of Trustees, called an Extraordinary Meeting and decided to accept the resignation of the Director Sr Bartomeu Marí.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT – Board of Trustees MACBA following "The Beast and the Sovereign" exhibition

Following the events of the last few days regarding the exhibition The Beast and the Sovereign, MACBA’s Board of Trustees called an Extraordinary Meeting, informing that after the decision of the Director, Sr Bartomeu Marí, to terminate with immediate effect the organic responsibilities of the Chief Curator, Sr Valentín Roma, and the Head of Public Programmes, Sr Paul B. Preciado (due to an irrecoverable loss of trust in their work on the part of the Director), Sr Bartomeu Marí, Director, and Sr Joan Abellà, Chief Executive Officer of the MACBA Consortium, have put their posts at the disposal of the Executive Committee. MACBA’s Board of Trustees has decided to accept the resignation of the Director (Sr Bartomeu Marí dedicated eleven years to the Museum, the last seven of which he served as Director), postponing its effect until a new appointment has been made with the aim of guaranteeing during this period the ordinary functioning of the Museum and the normal development of the 2015 exhibition programme and ratified the position of the Chief Executive Officer in order to guarantee the ordinary functioning of the Museum throughout the whole process.

MACBA’s Board of Trustees deeply regrets that a disagreement between professionals should have transcended the constructive dialogue that must always preside over the relationship between those responsible for a public institution, thus placing it at the centre of an undesired controversy.

The exhibition The Beast and the Sovereign is an exploration of how contemporary artistic practices question and deconstruct the Western and metaphysical definition of political sovereignty: their new way of understanding freedom and emancipation beyond individual autonomy, as well as the modern form of the nation-state. The exhibition caused a lot of controversy and was cancelled by the museum's Director Sr Bartomeu Marí after the curators' refusal to remove Ines Doujak's sculpture.

More information about the exhibition The Beast and the Sovereign is here.

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