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Italian museum burns artworks in protest at cuts
義大利美術館燒藝術品抗議削減開支

Antonio Manfredi, director of the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), burns paintings in Casoria, Italy on April 17 .
卡索利亞當代美術館館長安東尼歐‧曼佛萊帝,四月十七日在義大利卡索利亞焚燒畫作。

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A museum in Italy has started burning its artworks in protest at budget cuts, which it says have left cultural institutions out of pocket.

Antonio Manfredi, of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, set fire to the first painting on Tuesday.” Our 1,000 artworks are headed for destruction anyway because of the government’s indifference,” he said.

The work was by French artist Severine Bourguignon, who was in favor of the protest and watched it online.

Manfredi plans to burn three paintings a week from now on, in a protest he has dubbed “Art War.”

Artists from across Europe have lent their support, including Welsh sculptor John Brown, who torched one of his works, Manifesto, on Monday.

Italy’s debt crisis led to the resignation of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi last year. Since his departure, the government has passed a tough package of austerity measures and other reforms.

Art institutions say they have been particularly affected by the country’s economic woes, with state subsidies and charitable donations drying up.

(Liberty Times)

義大利一家美術館開始燒毀館藏藝術品,抗議政府削減預算,讓文化機構賠錢經營。

卡索利亞當代美術館的安東尼歐‧曼佛萊帝,週二點火焚燒第一幅畫作。「我們的一千件館藏,無論如何都要燒毀,都是政府漠視造成的。」

這幅畫作是法國藝術家布赫吉農的作品,他支持抗議行動,並在線上觀看抗議過程。

曼佛萊帝計畫從現在開始,在他稱為「藝術之戰」的抗議活動中,一週燒三幅畫。

歐洲各地的藝術家都表達支持,包括威爾斯雕刻家約翰布朗,在週一燒掉他的作品「宣言」。

義大利債務危機導致前總理貝魯斯孔尼去年辭職,自從他下台後,政府通過嚴苛的撙節措施方案,以及其他改革辦法。

藝術機構表示他們受到經濟困境的影響特別大,國家補助削減,慈善捐款枯竭。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳維真)

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