September 21, 2023


Art For Everyone

Director of Belgium Museum of Nice Arts Accused of Harassing Workers

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Michel Draguet, director of the Belgium Museum of Nice Arts in Brussels, has been accused of creating inappropriate feedback to staff. Based on the Brussels Times, six former or present staffers variously alleged that he had made racist, sexist, or homophobic remarks to them. Belgian information website RBTF final week printed an open letter from thirty-six of the museum’s 176 staff decrying what they solid as a poisonous work tradition fostered by Dragnet.

Among the many allegations leveled in opposition to the director by his staffers are that he has engaged in “flirty” habits that made his staff really feel uncomfortable; that he displays an unwillingness to collaborate; that he has resisted makes an attempt to include inclusive language in institutional correspondence; and that he insults his workers, with one nameless supply noting that he “described a former communication supervisor as saying that she had the intelligence of a vagina.” Draguet can also be stated to steadily yell at or intimidate staff. This final grievance was repeated to the Brussels Occasions by a number of of his college students on the Free College of Brussels, the place he’s a professor of artwork and archaeology, with one pupil expressing worry over discussing cultural appropriation with him.

Draguet has denied all of the above allegations, noting that the usage of inclusive language will not be a “authorized obligation.” “I don’t stop workers from utilizing it in their very own correspondence,” he stated, “however for the sake of steadiness with the Dutch language—and out of non-public conviction, which continues to be a primary proper—I don’t want to see it utilized to museum communication.” Concerning accusations in reference to feminist and colonialist points, he responded, “Royal Museums are a scientific establishment and never one in all activism. We work objectively as taught by the scientific dynamic.”

Following a December 19 assembly amongst museum managers, unionized workers, and Empreva, the Exterior Service for Prevention and Safety at Work, it was decided that Empreva would take a confidential survey earlier than arriving at any motion. Draguet is alleged to be going ahead together with his utility for a fourth time period within the position of director.


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