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