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Up in Smoke

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Italian Museum Director Sets Fire to Artworks in Protest of Budget Cuts


Director of Casoria's Cpntemporary Art Museum (CAM), Antonio Manfredi, drew more than a line in the sand over budget cuts. His decision to burn artworks is quite a harsh symbol indeed. Manfredi began, one could say perhaps tentatively, with the burning of his own works, and moved on to the work of others with permission. The thought of such drastic action does cause a sense of immediate anxiety and panic even from a distance. The Italian government has yet to comment on the actions of Manfredi, but throughout Europe sparks have flown and been kindled by artists in solidarity with Manfredi and his cause.

However one cuts this story it is quite hard to swallow. Manfredi claims he destroys art to save it. In a time and place where art has been subject to such harsh slashing, more than 75% in the past two years, it is a tragic day when the last card to play is one of destruction.

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