Central government has authorised emergency works on the faulty air conditioning at the Museum of Malaga, which has placed 17,500 artworks and artefacts at risk of damage.
Initial repair work began on 26 June, almost two months after concerns were raised about temperatures of up to 28 degrees in some areas of the museum. Experts say that the standard temperature to conserve works on an oil canvas is between 19 and 21 degrees.
However, now the ministry for Culture and Sport "has analysed that it is not possible to repair the thermal equipment and it should be replaced as soon as possible". Emergency works on installing a new system, approved by the Cabient last Friday, will have a cost of 713,900 euros, three times higher than the initial estimate of 200,000 euros.
Ministry sources, though, have stated that "this difficult situation would not have happened" if they had known of the problem sooner, speaking of the Junta de Andalucía's lack of dilligence in the matter.
This complete replacement of the entire air conditioning systemtakes places two-and-a-half years after the opening of the museum in December 2016, following a huge renovation of the former customs building, costing 40 million euros in state investment.