'This is Art War!' Italian museum burns paintings to protest austerity cuts
A second painting has been torched by an Italian museum director to highlight a critical lack of funds in these economically lean times. But while some fret over burning art, could the entire eurozone go up in smoke?
Antonio Manfredi bur
ned a painting by Neapolitan artist Rosaria Matarese on Wednesday night outside the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum situated in a small town near Naples.
As the artist stood beside Manfredi to watch her work turn to ash, she described the process as “painful,” but also necessary “ to save this museum.” Matarese’s creation was valued at around $8,000 and $9,000.
On the previous day, French artist Severine Bourguignon also gave Manfredi the green light as she watched online her $13,050 painting going up in flames.
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