Maria Vargas paused at the display of contorted tree limbs draped across wooden rocking chairs. It was in this very spot that the Director of the Günter Museum of Modern Art, Gerhard Wilhelm had made inappropriate advances toward her. For months, she had been subjected to his lewd and sexually suggestive comments. He always did it when no one was around, so she had no witnesses. It was a relief when she learned that she wasn’t his only victim.
When Gerhard arrived at the museum on Monday, he couldn’t get in because his access card had been deactivated. Yesterday, he resigned, following an inquiry into his professional conduct. Apparently some of the curators had been gathering evidence against him which they presented to the Trustees who were now investigating the matter.
Maria had her own evidence but never thought to share it with anyone because she didn’t think anyone would believe her. And she was afraid that they might think she was maligning him in order to get his job. It wasn’t a secret that she wanted to be Executive Director and Chief Curator. She’d been passed over in favor of him. Now that he was gone, perhaps…
I was inspired by the Me Too scandal about the Mark Coetzee, the boss of Cape Town’s prestigious Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa who resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him and an inquiry was launched.
Source: City Press