Yesterday, 24 Flemish museums gathered on the Martelarenplein in Brussels, where the Flemish government is housed. Of course, MoMu was present as well! Together we stood up against the shortage of federal funding, which is the result of a budget freeze for the period 2014-2018. In an open letter, among others MAS, S.M.A.K., MHKA, KMSKA, FoMu and MoMu, pleaded for nearly a doubling of the current budget: from 8.2 to 16 million euros. Due to the shortage in resources, many of the institutions are already in deep water.
For the protest itself, each museum brought along one piece of its archive: a piece that for them illustrates the necessity of this action. MoMu opted for a picture of the iconic ‘Bar jacket’ from Christian Dior by Raf Simons for the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Thanks to the financial support of the MoMu+Friends, the friends organization, MoMu was able to add this wonderful piece to its collection.
Without a strong financial support coming from the federal government, MoMu cannot maintain its role as representative of Belgian fashion and fashion heritage on a global level.
Take a look at the report of the gathering on VRT, the Belgian national television.
(text: Hannah Bergen)