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Directorate-General for Heritage opens classification of 85 works by Miró

The General Directorate of Cultural Heritage (DGPC) has opened the procedure for the classification of 85 works by the Catalan artist Joan Miró in the possession of the State, according to an announcement published in Diário da República.

The announcement dates from January 17 and is signed by the Deputy Director General of Cultural Heritage João Carlos dos Santos.

The document points out that Miró’s works are subject to the applicable legislation, in particular, the ban on leaving and preserving the country.

In July 2014, the opening of the process of classification of the 85 works of the artist Joan Miró in the possession of the State was also published in Diário da República, at the initiative of the then Secretary of State for Culture, Jorge Barreto Xavier.

However, the following month, the DGPC ordered the archiving of the classification of the works after the then proprietary companies – the public companies Parvalorem and Parups – had informed the DGPC that they did not recognize an interest in their classification.

In October of that year, the DGPC revealed that it would not open a classification process for four works of the Miró collection for more than ten years in Portugal, considering that they did not meet “the requirements established” in the law.

The official source of the DGPC said that the issues raised at the time concerned “legal constraints” that never had to do with the cultural value of works and are now completely outdated.

The 85 works of Joan Miró (1893-1983) – 13 works owned by Parups and 72 by Parvalorem – were in the possession of these public limited companies, created by the State in 2010, to manage the assets and recover the credits of ex- Banco Português de Negócios (BPN), nationalized in 2008.

Last year, as noted by the Observer newspaper, the works, currently partially exposed at Casa de Serralves, in Porto, were formally transferred from state-owned companies to the direct ownership of the State, with an assessment of 54.4 million euros.

Since December, Casa de Serralves has received the exhibition ‘Joan Miró and the Death of Painting’, which brings together 11 works from the former BPN and 23 pieces from foreign collections.

According to information published on the website of the Serralves Foundation, the exhibition counts on Robert Lubar Messeri as commissioner, similar to ‘Joan Miró: Materiality and Metamorphosis’, which exhibited almost all the works in the possession of the State in Oporto, Lisbon and in the Italian city of Padua.

When the exhibition was announced, a source from the Serralves Foundation confirmed that the works planned for Casa de Serralves, with the project of the architect Siza Vieira to host the collection of works by Joan Miró from the former BPN, will only take place after March.

Under the Protocol of Deposit and Cultural Promotion signed in October between the Municipality of Porto and the Serralves Foundation on the 85 works of Miró in possession of the State now ceded to the city, the City Council of Porto committed itself to finance, up to one million euros, the works of expansion, remodeling or conservation of the House of Serralves, which will host the works of Miró.

The municipality also pledged an annual payment of 100 thousand euros to the Serralves Foundation, for a period of 25 years, so that the collection is protected and promoted nationally and internationally.

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