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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Le Devoir misses one very significant point

Howdy!

There's an interesting article in today's Le Devoir by Stéphane Baillargeon that basically outlines the complaint of the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec that they can't afford the price of storage at Le Centre des collections muséales de Montréal [pdf alert].

And while generally the quality of articles about art and culture in Le Devoir is better than the other newspapers that I read, M. Baillargeon, in my estimation, was sloppy and lax in his reporting that the prices of $2.79/square foot were excessive.

There ain't no such thing as insurance for any of the objects stored there. Yeah money is nice if stuff gets destroyed, but when you're talking heritage cash is very cold comfort. In May 2004, the place in London designed to do the very same thing burned to the ground while in November 2003 Le Centre des collections muséales de Montréal had a fire and not a single piece of art was damaged. I'd love to know what the how much the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec pays in insurance fees before I start writing about them not being able to afford state of art storage facilities.

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