ZAGREB, January 15, 2020 – Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek said on Wednesday she would not be the one to decide what an artist would think or do, thus responding to a query about a five-pointed star sculpture to be displayed as part of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture project.
“In 1990, we decided to live in a state which would be democratic and which would not censor artists,” she told MP Zlatko Hasanbegović during Question Time in parliament, adding that “artists will decide what an artist in Croatia will think, do, how they will act, not a minister or a commissary.”
Hasanbegović complained about plans to place a concrete five-pointed star sculpture by Nemanja Cvijanovic on a high-rise in Rijeka.
The minister said that under the rules of the European Capital of Culture project, the city chose its artistic director and project team and they conceived the programme.
“As to whether something will or won’t be done to a protected culture monument, if we receive a request, we will consider it, of course, taking into account whether it endangers the monument, and make a decision,” she said.
Hasanbegović said he was sure the minister would eventually exert her authority and prevent the five-pointed star installation, firstly because of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who he said would not disregard numerous European resolutions on dealing with the consequences of communist totalitarianism, and secondly because of Italian minority MP Furio Radin.
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