About 80,000 visitors have passed through the Chillida Leku Museum since its reopening, which marks one year this Friday. Closed to the public since the declaration of the state of alarm, the hernaniarra center surpasses with these figures of public influx in eleven months of activity the records that it obtained in the inaugural year of its first stage, around 70,000. According to the note released, this Thursday, the museum will extend the validity of annual passes for six months and will keep the sculpture of Louise Bourgeois ‘Eye Benches III’ [Ojos banco III] (1996-97), the first piece by an international artist to be exhibited in Zabalaga and with which the Guest Work program was inaugurated. Initially, his stay was scheduled until September 10. On the other hand, the Zabalaga farmhouse will host, when possible to resume the public activity of the center, a selection of key works from the museum’s collection, with sculptures of Chillida in iron, granite, alabaster, plaster and paper, together with gravitations, lurras and oxides.
Those responsible for Chillida Leku transmit a very positive balance of this first year of operation after the reopening. In this sense, the son of the artist from San Sebastian and president of the Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce Foundation, Luis Chillida considers that “the total union and commitment of my family and Hauser & Wirth has meant the adaptation of this place to the 21st century, providing it with a fantastic projection for the future so that the public can enjoy it”. In addition, he stresses that “we are living a very hard time as a society where we have to prioritize collective values over individual values”, something that points out that “concepts such as tolerance, peace, have always been very present in my father’s work dialogue are visible in his work and today more important than ever ».
The director of the museum in this new stage, Mireia MassaguéHe assures that “we are excited with the response we have received from visitors, people have had reasons to come and return to the museum over and over again.” Massagué stresses that “now is the time to join forces with all of society to overcome these difficult moments”, while announcing that “as soon as it is possible to resume activity, Chillida Leku will reopen its doors to the public and continue to enrich to our society ».
As to Iwan Wirth, the, co-president of Hauser & Wirth assures that from the Swiss gallery “we are immensely proud to have supported and collaborated with the succession to ensure that Chillida Leku reopened successfully last year, allowing so many people to make an art of their pilgrimage to Saint Sebastian”. Wirth believes that Chillida Leku “is more than a museum: it is a ‘gesamtkunstwerk’ (total work of art), created by one of the most relevant artists of the 20th century. We look forward to the moment when the museum will soon be able to safely welcome visitors, at this time when art is a vital source of inspiration, ”concludes the firm’s co-president.
The offices of thePublic Service of State Employment(SEPE) process dailymore than 80,000 records of temporary regulation(ERTE) presented by the companies that have closed or limited their activity due to the state of alarm decreed before the coronavirus pandemic.
The SEPE offices, whichthey are not attending in personto the citizens, they have reinforced with nearly a thousand troops their workforces in the face of the increased workload caused by the avalanche of files.
Thus, as reported by SEPE in a series of messages on social networks, it is currently processing more than 80,000 daily files, a figure that increases every day.
Spain continues in a phase of confinement before the# COVID19and de-escalation has not yet started. False information circulates around the restrictions of the alarm state.
Also, since last April 3 a total of2,424,728 people have collected their unemployment benefit. As he recalls, “for the first time, thanks to an agreement with banks,” people affected by the loss of employment or by an ERTE have been able to receive it before the 10th.
“At SEPE we continue to work, we are aware that there are many benefits from people affected by ERTE to be recognized,” explains the organization, whichhas enabled two toll free numbers,that are added to the existing ones, to serve citizens and companies.
The Government has simplified the procedures for receiving these aids, so that it has eliminated certain procedures such as the request for an extension in case of collection of the unemployment benefit or the requirement of the annual income statement (DAR) for those over 52 years.
For the recipients of the contributory unemployment benefit, during the time of the state of alarm, no procedure will have to be carried out to renew the benefit, since the autonomous employment services will automatically stamp the claims.
In the case of workers included in an ERTE,those affected do not have to do anythingBecause the company will communicate all the information about workers to SEPE and it will be forwarded to the autonomous employment offices. Therefore, it is not necessary to request a prior appointment with the SEPE, since the management of the unemployment benefit of the workers affected by RETES will be processed between the company and the employment offices.
“Despite this complicated situation, which has multiplied the regular work of SEPE, we continue to work to ensure that your service arrives as soon as possible,” he concludes.
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Italian authorities will begin to deny intensive care to patients with coronavirus over the age of 80 or in poor health, the Telegraph reported on Sunday citing an official document.
Citing the text prepared by a crisis management unit in the province of Turin, the British newspaper said doctors fear that patients who have been denied intensive care “will actually remain dead.”
“The unit has developed a protocol, seen by The Telegraph, which will determine which patients receive ICU treatment and which not if there is insufficient space,” says the report.
The Telegraph said the document was produced by the Piedmontese civil protection department, one of the areas most affected by the virus outbreak.
“Criteria for access to ICU in an emergency must include an age of less than 80 years or a score on the Charlson comorbidity index (indicating how many other medical conditions the patient has) less than 5,” the newspaper he cited the official document as mentioned.
The country reported 368 new coronavirus deaths in its daily bulletin Sunday, the largest increase in the death toll since the outbreak on February 20.
Compared to Saturday, the death toll increased by more than 25% to 1,809 and infections increased by 17% to reach 24,747. The mortality rate, particularly high in Italy, is 7.3%.
The number of ICU patients – a carefully observed figure given the shortage of hospital beds in the frontline regions – increased by about 10%, to 1,672, of which 767 in Lombardy.
Lombardy, which surrounds Milan, is the region most affected by the outbreak, with 13,272 cases and 1,218 deaths. In Lazio, the region that includes Rome, cases increased by 22% to 436.
The enemy Hank Bolden
faced did not come from a distant front line.
It came from the skies.
It’s a battle that’s still going on 65 years later. Bolden, who is now 82 years old, is an atomic veteran – one of hundreds of thousands of American service members used in human testing by the United States government during post-WWII nuclear tests and sworn to a secret life.
“They wanted to see how the living soldiers would resist the exposure
to radiation, ”recalls Bolden. “Before using live soldiers they were using
mannequins. But you don’t get real results using mannequins as you would
live bodies. “
A DIFFERENT TIME
While accompanying a friend to a New Haven recruiting station in 1953, Bolden was invited to join the army. At just 16 years old then and already out of high school, he admits that he “pulled down” his birth certificate to move to the age of 18, joining the approximately 200,000 underage soldiers who would have served during the Second World War and the eras of the Korean War.
After basic training in
Fort Dix was assigned to work as a tank mechanic in Texas before moving to Texas
California and becoming a surface-to-air missile mechanic.
Despite an executive order issued in July
26, 1948, by President Harry S. Truman to desegregate the armed forces, the last one
the all black units of the army were not abolished until 1954. And in 1955, Bolden
he says, racist attitudes persist even after the units have been racially integrated.
“The residual thoughts of people were firm
linger, “he says.” My outfit was 800 people strong. Thirteen of us were
black. Ten were from the South, who were more tolerant of treatment
they got racially. But the three of us from the North couldn’t tolerate it,
so I have had many fights over this. So I was the guy they wanted
get rid of.”
It would not be the only race
discrimination Bolden would witness as a soldier.
In 1955, the seventeen year old
he was suddenly ordered to the Nevada desert without explanation.
“They don’t tell you what you’re going to face,” he said. “Nobody
they knew what they were going to face. ”
What he would eventually face was a classified operation known as Operation Teapot at the Nevada Test Site. In a series of 14 bomb throws, or “hits”, military officials tried to test the effects of nuclear bombs on structures and strategies, animals and people.
All races of military personnel
participated in the Teapot operation. But upon arrival in Nevada, Bolden was
astounded to accomplish all the other soldiers in his new specially selected unit
for a mysterious assignment they were also black.
“There was this myth about black people
be able to resist, tolerate certain things more than any other race “, he
He says. “So it was a test on that too.”
AN ATOMIC NIGHT
One morning in February, Bolden
the unit was ordered in a desert trench. Unbeknownst to them, it was excavated
the expected route of the fallout, only 2.8 miles away from what it would have become
ground zero for the launch of an atomic bomb.
Even though a countdown sounded on the speakers, Bolden says, the soldiers still had no idea what they were about to face. Without protective gear in addition to the normal fabrics and helmets, they waited and looked.
“They tell you to cover your eyes”
On February 18, 1955, Shot Wasp, the first nuclear test of Operation Teapot, detonated a Mark 6 nuclear bomb dropped by a B-36 exactly at noon. A monstrous cloud of mushrooms filled the sky, reaching 21,500 feet in height.
“With radiation, when you put your arms over your eyes or hands, you actually see the bones, you see the bones in your body from the exposure. You can see your skeleton. “
After the relapse the warning came.
“You swore not to speak
“said Bolden. The soldiers were threatened with imprisonment and fines for violation
For 60 years, Bolden didn’t tell anyone. No this
family, not his wife, not his children. Not even her doctors when she spies on her
tumors have started to show. He developed bladder and posterior subcapsular cancer
cataract and in 1990 multiple myeloma was diagnosed.
“They actually gave me three and a half years
four years to live, ”recalls Bolden. So in 1995 I should have been a statistic. “
But in 1995, Bolden was in remission. He is a citizen
the secret was coming to light.
Government figures estimate between 400,000 and 550,000 US military personnel who participated in a series of nuclear tests between 1946 and 1992. According to the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, this includes post occupation forces -Second World War of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, prisoners of war in Japan at the end of the Second World War, participants in the atmospheric nuclear tests in Nevada and the Pacific from 1945 to 1962 and participants in the underground nuclear tests in Nevada from 1951 to 1992.
Many of these “atomic veterans” have succumbed before their own
the stories have become public, their bodies are full of tumors. In
1990, the veil of secrecy began to lift.
After setting up the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments to investigate 10-year experiments, President Clinton made a formal apology to American atomic veterans on October 3, 1995. By order of the president, Congress would repeal the nuclear radiation agreement law. and secrecy, allowing atomic veterans to talk about their experiences without fear of fines or treason charges. And financial compensation has been opened to all qualified atomic veterans.
“Those who led the government when these decisions were made are no longer here to take responsibility for what they have done. They are not here to apologize to survivors, family members or their communities whose lives have been overshadowed by shadow of these choices So today, on behalf of another generation of American leaders and another generation of American citizens, the United States of America offers sincere apologies to those of our citizens who have undergone these experiments. the government is wrong, we have a moral responsibility to admit it, “said President Bill Clinton on October 3, 1995
But the television address has been obscured. The same happened
day when OJ Simpson’s verdict was issued in a live classroom feed, taking
on televisions and news cycles across America.
As a result, many skilled veterans had no idea of the ban
the secrecy had been lifted, nor that they could claim benefits. Bolden no
find out until he researched the Internet, he says, in 2015.
“I was once so angry and so aggravating with the government that I thought I would be murdered to keep me from talking,” he says.
When Bolden attempted to apply for subsidies, he found that the burden of proof was placed on his fellow atomic veterans. The government would give compensation from the date a complaint was filed, but not retroactively, and only if the veteran could prove that he had participated in the tests – which proved to be an almost impossible task after millions of military documents were destroyed in a 1973 fire against the National Staff Registration Center. As many as 18 million documents were burned, including 80% of all army personnel discharged between 1912 and 1960.
“They hoped for it
would have died sooner or would have been one of those guys who surrendered ”
says Anthony Bolden, Hank’s son. “No thanks. Hank doesn’t have it.”
After paying her
own pocket for a polygraph lie detector pouch, Hank eventually claimed
approved, setting a precedent for other atomic veterans whose records were
Photo: Hidden story: the atomic veterans of America
Hit a high note
“The love of music has
I’ve always been there. “
After his honorable discharge
from the army, Bolden went to work as an engineer before deciding to pursue a
career as a jazz musician who works while his family grows. Tell the story
while cradling the tenor saxophone that has been at his side since 1967. The “Rolls
Royce “of tools, he says.
The brand is Selmer. IS
in a strange coincidence, the model is a 6 sign. It is the same name as the shot
Wasp atomic bomb design.
But this is where the
the similarities end. The bomb was his nightmare. Music, his dream and his
outlet to work through the trauma of what lived in Nevada
“It’s like the blood inside
my veins. It takes away all my other thoughts, “he says
Bolden is finally
he receives compensation from the government and is now using it to help make his dream come true.
He returned to school, studying jazz performances at Hartt University of Hartford
“They are like the relic
here with all these kids, you know, “he chuckles.
Professor Javon Jackson
says that the 82-year-old is leaving a unique mark on the prestigious program.
“He has a lot of emotion,” says Jackson. “He is a very bluesy, very full of feeling, a natural player. His life, wisdom and the things he has acquired allow him to play the way it sounds.”
The vast majority of
Today, the American atomic veterans of the atmospheric test era are gone. About
400,000 veterans were present during these tests, according to the veterans
Administration. Survivors’ numbers vary, from around 10,000 to 80,000
Bolden believes he is one of only two surviving African American atomic veterans who are recognized and receive compensation from the government. He is on a mission to reach as many survivors as possible and help them request the long-awaited recognition and compensation.
And he’s sharing his story, he says, to make sure the plight of American atomic veterans is no longer ignored.
“When people like me pass by, this won’t be part of the story unless someone makes sure it’s kept alive.”
Sandy Schreier says that she became interested in fashion at just two and a half years old, when she accompanied her father to work at the Russeks department store in downtown Detroit (Michigan, USA) so that her mother could recover from the delivery of her baby. sister. He was captivated by the jewelry and, of course, the wedding dresses. There he also discovered, in the fitting rooms, a new world through magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar. “I looked at the photographs without really knowing what they were,” he says, “they became a kind of fairy tale.”
The American patron, in her 80s, has amassed throughout her life what is currently considered the largest private collection in the world of dresses, accessories and illustrations. She estimates that she treasures up to 15,000 pieces, although she prefers to refer to them as her “adoption children”. He explains that thanks to this passion for haute couture, he has been able to access the lives and closets of some of the most innovative and creative people in the 20th and 21st centuries.
“I had a fantasy career,” he admits, although he says it was not easy: “People were laughing at me.” “Even today they keep leaving me bags of old clothes on the porch of my house”, points. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (colloquially called Met) is now celebrating its vision with an exhibition in the gallery of The Costume Institute, its wing dedicated to fashion and chaired by Anna Wintour, which exhibits a selection of 80 pieces among the 165 that he has given to the institution and that can be seen from this November 27 to May 17, 2020. Schreier says that this is how his great dream has come true.
Max Hollein, director of the Met, rates the collection as exceptional for its quality and diversity. “She is a true pioneer,” she explains, “she collected dresses long before any museum in the world saw them as works of art.” He understood them and treasured them as objects that should be preserved and shared. Her personal collection includes iconic dresses worn by Jacqueline Kennedy or actresses like Claudia Cardinale.
Sandy Schreier’s history as a collector is the story of the rise of the fashion business and its commercial value, but also its growing relevance as art. The exhibition includes works by Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Gilbert Adrian, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Mariano Fortuny, the maison Gripoix, Franco Moschino, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Rojas, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Jessie Franklin and Madeleine Vionnet. “It showed a remarkable vision at a time when few collectors appreciated dresses as an art form,” insists curator Jessica Regan.
The tour includes pieces that date back to 1908, such as the illustrated album Les Robes, from French designer Paul Poiret, and they go until 2009, wearing a hat by Isaac Mizrahi. Andrew Bolton, Chief Curator of The Costume Institute, highlights the “historical significance” of the pieces on display. Schreier preferred to keep the dresses and accessories rather than put them on. “I saw myself as a savior of fashion,” adds the collector. “Now the Met can share these pieces with the public, designers, and scholars for eternity.”
Among his first acquisitions is a Madeleine & Madeleine couture ensemble dating from 1923, which is part of the Met exhibition. Although most of the collection is made up of gifts from people who followed her talks about fashion or who listen to her on programs. This was done, for example, in Twiggy’s iconic metallic mesh dress. Cinema is another of his passions and he has published two books about fashion in Hollywood, one about the first years of the mecca of cinema and another about wedding dresses.
It has taken 13 years for Schreier to make this gift to the Met, although the benefactor’s collaboration with the museum dates back to 1993. During these more than 25 years, some of the dresses in her collection have been part of eleven different samples. The latter, under the title In pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection It is part of the events of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the New York cultural institution. As the director of the Met explains, his contribution will help to show a more extensive, rich and detailed vision of art through fashion.