Guadalajara, Jalisco. – The Cabañas Museum had to make a 180 degree turn because of the health emergency. In a historical event, the compound closed its doors for almost two months, losing 3 million of its own revenue, and now also faces a cut of 4.5 million pesos, due to the financial rethink by the State government for the health emergency.
The space had to cancel the exhibition «Reset Memories», by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, which would cost 10 million pesos, and has also been seen in need of deferring 13 of the 20 more exhibitions that are planned for the remainder of 2020 and the first months of 2021, the owner of the venue, Susana Chávez Brandon, this year, the Cabañas was assigned a state grant of 29.9 million pesos (mdp), 17.9 mdp, for payroll and 12 mdp, for operation. From this last item was made a cut of 4.5 million pesos, which add to the losses due to box office and rental of spaces caused by the closure from March 16 and until 31 May.
Do you have a school group? Need online support? At Museo Cabañas we want to support you with creative stimulation workshops adapted to the needs of your group. Send us an email and tell us about your concerns!#MuseumsWeek pic.twitter.com/AhrdV9LKHU — Museo Cabañas (@museocabanas)
May 13, 2020
On average, the unit generates 8 million pesos of own income per year that serve to supplement the wage payments of the 100 employees. Despite the adjustments, the workers’ salary is insured for the rest of the year.» We had to make a budget adjustment and change the exposure program, as the state subsidy does not cover 100 percent of the payroll, a portion of our own resource is going to end up paying wages and, since we are not getting resources, we had to make a contingency plan that involves minimizing spending as much as possible, and one of the largest exposures it suffers is that of Ai Weiwei,» Chávez Brandon said.
In the first quarter of 2020, the Cabañas inaugurated «Jalisco: Diálogos Cruzados», «Miguel Aldana. Artist and Catalyst of Modern Art in Guadalajara» and «#VivanLasMujeres». The exhibitions that would open its doors in April are the only ones that still stand, the rest will have to be covered by 2021 and 2022, the director advanced. The collections that will serve to resume the activities of the museum are «The Difficult Experience of Leaving Difficult Experiences», by José Luis Sánchez Rull; «The Spiritual Art of Mathias Goeritz», curated by Alvaro Vázquez Mantecón, from a selection of pieces from the collection of the artist in charge of the Cabañas; «Chimino Vargas. Another Jalifornia, by Diego Martínez and «Bigger than Life», by Angela de la Cruz.
Who said you can’t visit the museum spaces? Today we share this photograph of the Bonsai Courtyard, with a fountain to the center, several trees and columns around it. Have you seen the windows in the back? In total, there are 259 of them all over #MuseoCabanas! pic.twitter.com/cb2eXN8vEs— Cabin Museum (@museocabanas)
May 11, 2020
In 2019, the Cabañas had seven exhibitions and 269 thousand visitors. This year the aim was to triple the offer of exhibitions and summon 300 thousand visitors, which can no longer happen because of the health contingency. GOODBYE BIG EXHIBITIONS
As some museums around the world have said, the Cabins will also have to forget about the great exhibitions, at least the next two years. Resuming the exhibition rhythm will be complex, not only from an economic point of view, but from a security point of view, said Susana Chavevez Brandon.
As every year the @IcomOfficiel (International Council of Museums) chooses a theme that is a priority in society to celebrate International Museum Day, every May 18. In this edition will be «Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion». #DIM2020—Susana Chavez Brandon (@suscbr)
May 6, 2020
In this context, there is a great opportunity to make different revisions to the public collections in shelter of the Cabañas, including that of the People of Jalisco, that of José Clemente Orozco and Mathias Goeritz.In what will also focus the enclosure, in these days of quarantine, is to review the historical documents in its possession. The space was built in 1810 and until 1983 served as the Hospice Bungalows, to provide shelter for homeless children.
Although the day for face-to-face celebration has been set out to take place between November 14 and 16, following the coVID-19 outbreak and the consequent confinement, in @museocabanas we will adapt the activities to the digital platforms.—Susana Chavez Brandon (@suscbr)
May 6, 2020
The historical archives of the inhabitants and workers of the hospice, from 1830 to 1980, are in guard of the museum and the idea is to catalog them and do research work to make them available for public consultation, added Chávez Brandon.In numbers
29.9 Million pesos (mdp) of subsidy were allocated to the Cabins in 2020.
17.9 mdp, or 60 percent of the total, goes on payroll.
12 mdp was assigned the museum for operation; will now be 7.5 mdp.
8 mdp is the average income of the venue per year.
«Reesestor memories», by chinese artist Ai Weiwei, arrived in April 2019 at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), and last December opened at the Marco de Monterrey.
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