The Rodin Museum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which will be located in the Viera y Clavijo cultural park, is expected to be operational in 2025, as indicated yesterday, during the Control Commission, by the Councilor for Finance, Juan José Martínez. Thus, for that year the museum will be “already operational, with the work already finished and the works acquired,” he later confirmed.
In addition, during the commission he also announced that some of the works will probably arrive on the island before that date, so “the Culture area is working on the possibility of setting up some space in the city’s Museum of Fine Arts so that You can see what is to come.”
Likewise, Juan José Martínez reported that progress is being made in the negotiation with the French Ministry of Culture for the signing of the agreement, which will take place before the end of this year, as confirmed.
Questioned why other offers were considered before opting for the Rodin Museum, the councilor explained that “in reality there were no offers, it was proactive work by the Culture team to search for an element that would give content to something so significant in the city like Viera and Clavijo”.
And that, given the different possibilities that were explored, such as the Hermitage, Louvre, Prado or Picasso museums, he pointed out, “the Rodin Museum was the most interesting, from the point of view that it is a first-class international museum, with a very important capacity for attraction, and that gives continuity to a discourse that the city has in terms of sculptures”, he added.
In addition, he indicated that “one of the difficulties was renting, which is the model that Malaga opted for and we ruled out. these works [del Museo de Rodin] they are going to be municipal patrimony, property of the city”.
Likewise, Juan José Martínez defended the figures provided for in the economic impact study, questioned by the PSOE, arguing that it is carried out by “a specialized firm” and endorsed by technicians. “It would be a benchmark in the Canary Islands because there would be nothing like this, and our idea is to promote that offer, to which would be added a very unique project that we have to work on for the Masonic Temple, the Palacio de Carta…”, he said.
In addition, he added that there is already a study on the different management models, “ranging from total outsourcing to direct management, and in between, different formulas”, later pointing out that “a decision has not yet been made”.
The councilor also clarified, before doubts were raised, that the Rodin Museum will occupy approximately 60% of the Viera y Clavijo building and the rest will go “to our young creators, who will have an international showcase.”
On the other hand, during the Control Commission, the PSOE asked the Councilor for Works, Dámaso Arteaga, for the reasons why the City Council has not yet transferred the land requested by the Cabildo to convert the stretch of the TF-180 island road between the Vuelta de los Pajaros and the Vistabella viewpoint.
The mayor replied that there is “total willingness” on the part of the local Consistory in this “strategic” work for the municipality, but pointed out that “the reasonable thing is to first approve the collaboration agreement between both administrations, which has not yet been signed”, although He pointed out that the firm “is sure” that it will be “before the end of the year” because the processing “is quite advanced.”
Arteaga also indicated that, according to an Urban Planning report from last July, the project “must adapt to the alignments established in the 2005 PGO, with which there are some technical aspects that have to be corrected in order to be able to tackle later the acquisition of that I usually”.
Likewise, during the Control Commission, the PSOE criticized the local government for recently returning a subsidy of more than 800,000 euros to the Cabildo from an employment plan.