On Tuesday, Pontus Kyander, director of Trondheim Kunstmuseum got a text message from his boss, Suzette Paasche , executive director of the Museums of South Trøndelag warning about his comment on Progress Party (FRP), reports NRK.
“Now you have started a hell of a racket . Prime Minister and Minister of Culture, called the Chairman . And I have got call from culture department. It appears that you have called FRP nationalist party . I thought we agreed that you should avoid this until you quit .” The text message from Paasche was presented in Klassekampen, Aftenposten and Adressavisen on Thursday .
Kyander wrote in the spring program of the Museum of Art: “Nationalist Parties – as FRP – are dangerous , they belittle concepts like human common sense , human rights and equality.”
Culture Minister Thorhild Widvey ( H ) and State Secretary Julie Brodtkorb ( H ) both called the museum’s chairman , Rasmus Brodtkorb , who is Julie Brodtkorb’s brother , after the matter became known , reports Klassekampen. Rasmus Brodtkorb confirmed that the Minister of Culture, called him regarding the stressful discussion of FRP . He said,”Culture Minister asked if I was familiar with the text of the spring program , which I was not. I then called the general manager of Mist, Suzette Paasche.” Hanne Gjørtz, the communications manager of Ministry of Culture, stated in an e -mail to Aftenposten, that Culture Minister Widvey confirmed she was in contact with the Chairman Rasmus Brodtkorb.
Pontus Kyander was shocked that the Ministry of Culture meddling in his speech as a museum director . Kyander said he resigned his position at the Museum of Art in November after a prolonged conflict with management. He ends in February. He stressed that it was entirely private reasons for the termination.
Rigmor Aasrud , Labor’s cultural policy spokesman in Parliament , stated that she was going to raise the issue in a parliamentary question next Wednesday. She said to Klassekampen that she reacted strongly to the Culture Minister’s personal interferes with the discussion of an artistic program at a state-funded museum.
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