UPDATE FOR OUR FOREIGN SIGNATORIES...
Apr 11, 2017 — Very dear signatories and friends of the Musée des Tissus (There are more than 12,000 of you worldwide!),
This note summarizes the situation of the Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs (MTMAD) of Lyon.
The most important is that, after many episodes, and in particular the obstructing position of the major of Lyon, the union of textile industries of Lyon (UNITEX) is financing a consulting firm to determine the most promising scenario that would ensure the survival of the Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs of Lyon. The scenario will include the cultural impact, the economic model and the governance of the institution. The consulting firm presented a midterm progress report on May 15, but, in spite of my best efforts, I could not obtain any official information concerning the preliminary conclusions. The only thing we know is that the museum will remain open until July 2017 and, in the most favorable situation, until the end of 2017.
More than 15,000 people from Lyon have signed the petition and are actively against the closing of the MTMAD. The last action has been a parade organized on April 1 between the MTMAD and City Hall. Hundreds of Lyon’s inhabitants marched under umbrellas decorated with colored fabrics to express their attachment to the cultural heritage of their city and the MTMAD.
Finally, Hubert de Givenchy, the living glory of French haute couture, wrote to the French president François Hollande and got an answer, published in the update dated March 15, 2017. Unfortunately, his commitment lacks in specificity since he writes that “the Ministry of Culture and Communication is fully involved … to find the best possible solution for the future of this institution (Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs)”. The problem is that many elected officials and public servants have repeated these words for more than a year without bringing any concrete results!
We still have a long way to go and need all the support we can get. If you have colleagues and friends - textile lovers - who have not yet signed the petition, please encourage them to do so!
With my personal gratitude,
Daniel H. Fruman