Lleida replies that he warned that 12 pieces could not move "under any circumstances"
The director of the Museu de Lleida Josep Giralt, has assured this Tuesday that the reports made by the technicians of the equipment and that were part of the appeal to the Court of Huesca to avoid the transfer already alerted of the fragility of some pieces of Sijena. “The Aragonese technicians should not have read the document,” he assured on Tuesday as a response to complaints from Aragon about the alleged poor condition of some pieces that this week have been returned to the Huesca monastery.
“In that appeal there were two reports, one informed of the conditions of preventive conservation of the pieces and we warned that there were 12 pieces that under no circumstances would have to move,” he says.
“Fundamentally,” he said, “we were referring to 10 original pieces of alabaster that were burned during the Civil War, which turned into plaster and had cracks and a very fragile molecular structure.” Among these 12 there was also one from and to one of the three mortuary boxes, specifically that of Beatriz de Cornel. “The mortuary had many problems in the pictorial support and we recommended that it not move under any pretext,” he adds.
Precisely, this box is one of the works that the Sijena Monastery has not exhibited on Tuesday along with the various works it has shown once they have arrived at the monastery. “Today they only presented three alabasters, two mortuary boxes and the lower part of an altarpiece. The question is, why have not the other pieces been presented? “He questions.
As reported on this page, the Museu de Lleida had seven pieces – three sepulchral boxes and four alabaster pieces – exposed to the public from the quarantine of the lot’s works. Many of them remained in the warehouse of the equipment before the weakness of their state.
The reports of the Museum, they also reproached the Aragonese transport plan which initially established to make the transfer in a single day, from eight in the morning to between four or five in the afternoon.
“What we told the judge is that it would be very interesting if the rush was never a companion of the movement of these works of art and that if they were necessary two days were used. Those responsible for the provisional execution came here with the idea that the faster the transfer could be made better, “he said.
Giralt makes another reflection to the Government to the Aragonese President Javier Lambán and the Minister of Culture, Mayte Pérez: “The technicians they sent had to have better controlled how the cargo was produced.”
This morning, the president of Aragón, Javier Lambán announced bluntly that they will study the actions that the executive can take in the face of the “obvious negligence” of some institutions that “have allowed them to deteriorate in an absolutely guilty manner” some of the pieces.