Oh those crazy Italians. In a move to shed light on the drastic budget cuts for art, Manfredi is lighting a fire so all can see.
The director of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples says he is waging an “Art War” and plans to burn 1,000 art works to protest Italy’s budget cuts in the arts. So far, museum head Antonio Manfredi has lit up a painting by Severine Bourguignon and plans to continue at a rate of three burnings a week. He says he’s only destroying works by artists who give him permission to do so. (Bourguignon apparently gave his blessing and watched the event online.)
Fire! Fire! FIRE!
The MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome had its government funding slashed by 43 percent last year, according to the BBC, and the Ministry of Culture’s board dissolved last week when it failed to agree on a budget proposal. “Our 1,000 artworks are headed for destruction anyway because of the government’s indifference,” Manfredi told the BBC.
It’s fairly horrifying to watch our world crumbling down. A 43% slash in funding? The Ministry of Culture dissolved?!? WTF? Incoming Dark Ages 2.0?
Others have joined the movement, burning their own works in support. Burning art will certainly make the news, but will it actually help. One can only hope.
So Antonio Manfredi, for bringing fire(!) and art together in the hopes that people wake the fuck up…Give Us Art! salutes you!