Izquierda Unida condemned vandalism acts that damaged paintings owned by it, or those deposited in Zamora’s Provincial Council by the Prado museum. A “two-fold” event. The first is that they weren’t well-protected. On the second hand, the Zamora Provincial Council owns a wealth of artistic heritage that has great value. The Zamora Society and visitors to the Province do not have access to this rich heritage.
The IU Group believes that, despite the responsibilities of the Government team in not taking the necessary measures to protect them, the unfortunate events “have shown the Provincial Council’s great cultural and artistic treasure, which could become a brand new opportunity for this province.”
In the offices of the Zamora Provincial Council are paintings, engravings and sculptures as well as photographic materials, books, documents and historical material. These items of high artistic and cultural importance “are not known to Zamora’s society, because they cannot be accessed by the people.” They are part of our daily lives and, at the moment, they serve only to decorate offices, meeting rooms and work corridors.
The fact that vandalism of paintings with great value was reported in the news this week “demonstrates it’s not properly protected.” The security issue can therefore be disregarded, and it will not allow the public to enjoy the art or culture. It is, in other words under-used.”
In the Inventory of the Provincial Council, 356 items are listed in Section 3, “Properties of a historical artistic nature, or of significant economic value”. These include paintings and sculptures, with a total value of 732.881 Euros, of which Castrotorafe receives 64.173 Euros and the Convent of San Francisco gets 180.303. The value of the asset is not only “economically low, but also historically and artistically much higher.” It should include the other assets in storage, including those belonging to Prado, as well.
The Provincial Council has also “buildings which have been closed or disused for many years. Some of these are in the Historic Center city of Zamora. The Old Provincial Palace has an inventory of 1,237. EUR943 reveals the low value of historical assets, compared to other restored assets such as Ramos Carrion, which has a value of 7,378,135 Euros despite leaks.
Old Provincial Palace was closed by 2011 and only opened for Zamorano artist exhibitions, which the rulings at the time like Mr. Maillo claimed it would be dedicated to. The City Council of Zamora agreed to establish a Tourism Office that would be a joint venture between both institutions.
Izquierda Unida believes that the “most favorable circumstances” are currently occurring for the province and city of Zamora to have a new educational, cultural and tourist resource. This includes a building with architectural and historic value in the historical center (and we must not forget the Plenary Hall that it houses) and 356 historical and artistic assets owned by the Provincial Council, as well as those that were deposited by others, but without adequate security at the moment.
We must take into consideration that the society wants Zamora to have a space to display the works of contemporary Zamora artists. We must also remember that the former president of Zamora, Mr. Requejo has committed to creating a Museum of Emigration Memory, as well as the Tourist Office he had agreed to with the City Council of Zamora. “All of these projects are compatible with the display of artistic assets by the Provincial Council in the same venue, as demonstrated by the temporary exhibits which have been staged using only a part of this building,” the statement read.
The IU Group says, “To achieve this goal and to start with the most affordable option, we must make a decision on a policy and promote specialized works to use the Old Palace building. This should in our view include exhibiting the “hidden heritage” of historical and art in Provincial Council’s buildings.” In this regard, and since we have to start at the least expensive, the IU Group has presented the following motion for Friday’s plenary: “To commence the technical and economic study that will allow public access to part of 356 historical and artistic assets owned by Provincial Council, or deposited with the institution in the Old Palace Building on Ramos Carrion Street in safe and secure conditions, to promote the culture and tourism of the province, and to ensure compatibility with future uses of this site, which are stated in an explanatory
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