The lip service in the Assistance Publique’s press release about its museum

Courtyard of the Hôtel Miramion which
houses the Musée de l’Assistance Publique
Photo : Didier Rykner

19/9/10 – Museum – Paris, Musée de l’Assistance Publique – Faced with growing resistance to the closing of its museum [1] (see our article), the Assistance Mublique-Hôpitaux de Paris sent journalists (in any case, to some since we did not receive it…), a press release (which we publish in full here).
This is in fact a masterpiece of an exercise in lip service, to use an understatement. We are told that the AP-HP wishes to make its heritage available to the public, hard to believe since it has just decided to prevent any access to its museum. It then claims “to associate” itself to various event such as the Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Weekend) without explaining that it has just forbidden the museum from participating with the pretext of the refurbishment in progress. We already revealed here how this renovation in no way is being carried out in order to make this heritage available to the public and that it concerns only one portion of the museum, so that in fact the first floor could still be opened for the Heritage Weekend.

Finally, the press release states that “to bring the collections closer to their historical location”, the AP-HP is reflecting on how to organize exhibitions inside the hospitals themselves. We can easily see how absurd this is. How can the paintings or sculptures, some of which are extremely valuable and fragile, be moved at whim for exhibition in a hospital without spending considerable amounts in adapting the establishment in question in order to ensure their safety and conservation ? Let us remember that the Musée de l’Assistance Publique is a French museum and that regulations regarding the collections are very stringent. And yet the main reason given for closing the museum is a financial one.

One last question : does the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris think that journalists don’t have a brain in their heads ?

Didier Rykner, dimanche 19 septembre 2010


[1] The petition, which can still be signed, has received over 2.500 signatures for the moment.

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