PN de­mands an­swers on Her­itage Malta’s pur­chas­ing of paint­ings for na­tional collection

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Na­tion­al­ist Party yes­ter­day de­manded an­swers from Her­itage Malta af­ter a con­tro­versy erupted over a paint­ing it had bought as a ‘Mat­tia Preti work’, with some ar­gu­ing that the paint­ing is not the work of the artist. The paint­ing was bought for €75,000.

In a state­ment signed by PN spokesman for cul­ture Karl Gouder, the party asked Min­is­ter Owen Bon­nici to im­me­di­ately pub­lish the agency’s pol­icy when it comes to buy­ing art­work for the na­tional collection.

The PN also asked the min­is­ter to say who was re­spon­si­ble for the pur­chase and who es­tab­lished the price of the art­work. The PN also de­manded the govern­ment pub­lish the pro­ce­dures that have led to the pur­chas­ing of cul­tural prop­erty since March 2013 and a list of the items bought and their value.

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