Buren threatens to remove art in protest at mayor

LONDON. French artist Daniel Buren has threatened to remove his works from the Sérignan contemporary art museum in southern France following the election of a new mayor.

In March, independent candidate Frédéric Lacas succeeded André Gélis, of the UMP party currently ruling France, as mayor. Mr Lacas has since been critical of the cultural policy of his predecessor who inaugurated the Sérignan museum in 2006. The current annual council budget for the museum is E150,020 ($236,179).

A spokesman for Mr Lacas told The Art Newspaper that “the mayor does not want to cut the budget of the museum but the needs of the [entire] population need to be taken into account. This is about the former mayor who neglected the town and its inhabitants at the expense of cultural facilities.” Mr Gélis was unavailable for comment. Gareth Harris

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