Madrid, July 1 The Peruvian artist Daniela Ortiz has requested the withdrawal of her work “White Castes” from the new permanent collection of the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid for having hosted one of the events related to the recent NATO summit.
The work in question is a painting included in the arrangement of the museum’s permanent collection, entitled “Communicating Vessels. Collection 1881-2021”, inaugurated last year.
Ortiz (1985), based in Barcelona (northeast Spain), thus rejects the visit made last Wednesday by Queen Letizia of Spain and the companions of the leaders of the Atlantic Alliance to this important center of contemporary art, where they were photographed in front of the “Guernica”.
In a letter addressed to the museum and published on Twitter, the artist describes as “abhorrent” that a painting like “Guernica”, made by Picasso to denounce the horrors of war, “is used as a backdrop for those political figures who decide to impose global war”.
“It is the responsibility of the Reina Sofía Museum not only to ensure the physical integrity of the works it protects, but also its political integrity,” he says.
The museum “cannot use” the works of the artists for “the purposes of organizations that impose war and violence such as NATO”, nor can it carry out “events of these deplorable characteristics”, it adds.
The work that the artist has asked to withdraw is a painting framed in a larger series and that reflects on the original caste paintings developed in the 18th century in the viceroyalties of Peru and New Spain.
Ortiz’s work deals with issues such as nationality, racialization or social class to critically analyze colonial power, the capitalist and the patriarchal order.
Last Monday, some thirty members of the “Extinction Rebellion” and “Fridays for Future” movements staged a protest in front of “Guernica” and denounced the fact that the museum was hosting events at the summit with banners such as “War is the death of people. War is the death of art.” EFE