Catherine de Zegher
In its capacity as the international association for Museums and Collections of Modern and Contemporary art, and as an affiliate of ICOM, CIMAM wishes to register its deep concern at the treatment of Catherine de Zegher in her capacity as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) in Ghent. Since January 2018, as part of investigations into the authenticity of a group of Russian modernist works, Ms de Zegher has been subject to a series of accusations that have not been dismissed nor brought to appropriate conclusion. This has caused considerable damage to her reputation as a museum professional and curator of the highest standing internationally.
In expressing its support for Ms de Zegher CIMAM also wishes to defend the principles of integrity and respect for museum professionals globally at a time when museums and their directors are being confronted with pressures from the art market, undue interference from governing bodies, and campaigns based on misinformation.
The Board of CIMAM congratulates Beatrix Ruf, former director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam with the positive outcome of the investigations into alleged conflicts of interest.
The findings do not justify the pressure put on her to resign. CIMAM strongly encourages the Board of the Stedelijk Museum to publicly acknowledge the findings which will help restore Ms. Ruf’s reputation.