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    February 2009
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    (CNN) -- A museum in Italy is burning artworks from around the world to protest harsh austerity cuts by the Italian government.

    Antonio Manfredi, director of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples, kicked off the protest this week by setting fire to a painting by French artist Severine Bourguignon.

    Manfredi says the museum will burn three artworks each week as part of its "Art War" campaign.

    "I have 1,000 artworks from artists around the world, and they're already facing destruction due to the indifference of the government," he told CNN.
    "We want the government to pay attention to the country's cultural institutions."

    In the face of mounting debt problems, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has enacted tough austerity measures in an attempt to keep the country from defaulting.

    Manfredi says those cuts have hit cultural institutions hard, and that a handful of museums in Rome, Palermo and elsewhere have closed in recent months due to lack of funding.

    [h2]The museum is only burning works with the blessing of their artists.[/h2] Bourguignon watched the burning of her painting via Skype, Manfredi says, and artist Rosaria Matarese from Naples torched her wood sculpture in person at the museum on Wednesday.

    Other European artists are joining the protest -- Welsh sculptor John Brown burned one of his artworks on YouTube, and Manfredi says other artists will light up their artworks via Skype next week.

    "Next week the first one is an artist from Austria," he told CNN. "I hope that the government stops me because this is terrible what I'm doing."

    While Manfredi has never received government funding for his museum, he says he wants the government to come to Naples "just to see how difficult it is to be a museum here with no money."

    Manfredi says the government has yet to respond to his protest, and says he won't stop until they answer.
    Source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/19/world/...tml?hpt=wo_bn6
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    I'm sure all those artists who spent their lives hoping that their art would get into museums are really going to appreciate your protest.

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    I'm sure all those artists who spent their lives hoping that their art would get into museums are really going to appreciate your protest.
    wow great job reading the article, champ.

    The museum is only burning works with the blessing of their artists.
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    I'm sure all those artists who spent their lives hoping that their art would get into museums are really going to appreciate your protest.
    "The museum is only burning works with the blessing of their artists"

    It's even bolded for you.

    Edited:

    I hope Italy makes it through all this stuff. Some of my friends have family there.
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    n the face of mounting debt problems, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has enacted tough austerity measures in an attempt to keep the country from defaulting.
    So they are putting themselves above the whole country?

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    So they are putting themselves above the whole country?
    That's artists for you.

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    Antdawg's Avatar
    July 2010
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    A noble kind of thing to do, even if you don't agree with it.

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    Mabus's Avatar
    July 2007
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    The museum is only burning works with the blessing of their artists.
    I think it's rather brash, burning works that transcend the problems of this time just to voice anger of the present, your pretty much taking away future generations right to see these things. But if these artists are ok with that then it's their work.
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    November 2010
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    god those things hapen only here in Italy, i have no words...

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    I think it's rather brash, burning works that transcend the problems of this time just to voice anger of the present, your pretty much taking away future generations right to see these things. But if these artists are ok with that then it's their work.
    It's a protest. If it came to this, it means right now situation is bad enough to not care about future generations.
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    March 2006
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    I think it's rather brash, burning works that transcend the problems of this time just to voice anger of the present, your pretty much taking away future generations right to see these things.
    So is the government when they make these austerity cuts. That's the point.
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