The director of the Casoria Museum of Contemporary Art, near Naples, destroyed part of his collection to repudiate the budget cuts ordered by the Government.
He began this week. The founder and director of the museum, Antonio Manfredi, have already been reduced to ashes a work of French artist Severine Bourguignon, who had previously given its consent. Moved by the same sense of helplessness, other artists throughout Europe have supported Manfredi, including Welsh artist John Brown, who on Monday set fire to his work Manifesto.
"The thousands of works that we present is in any way for destruction of government indifference, "said Manfredi.
His intention is to burn three books a week as part of an initiative entitled "Art War" (The War of Art). Desperate to threats from the mafia and government inaction to protect the heritage, and Manfredi came last year to write a letter to German Chancellorto ask for asylum.
"Germany is one of the few countries that did not reduce its budget for culture. Also spent a lot of money for research, not as here," said Manfredi. To leave no doubt, placed a German flag at the entrance of the museum. "If the government fails to Pompeii from collapsing, what hope I have for my museum?” He asked. Was referred to a series of landslides at the site attributed to carelessness.
Manfredi opened his museum in 2005, although some of the exposures caused problems with the Mafia, which was accused of stealing video cameras and have tried to invade the building. The museum never received any response from Merkel, but the Tacheles art house, a true emblem of Berlin art, offered him an "artistic asylum" in May 2011 with works devoted to the Mafia and its infiltration into society.
The field of culture is one of the most affected by austerity plans adopted in Italy. The Ministry of Culture recently announced the tutelage of Maxxi, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, following his debts. The Italian government devotes only 0.21% of its budget to culture, although the peninsula is home to nearly half of the world cultural heritage.