Magazine article New Internationalist

Bonfire of the Arts

Magazine article New Internationalist

Bonfire of the Arts

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Great paintings may have felt the lick of flames before, but it's usually by accident or arson. So when a museum in Italy started incinerating its artwork in protest against austerity measures, it received plenty of media attention.

The director of the Casoria Contemporary museum in Naples, Antonio Malfredi, promised to burn three pieces of art per week in a protest he is calling 'Art War'.

'Our artworks are headed for destruction anyway, because of the government's indifference,' he said.

Artists across Europe have lent their support by burning their own works, including Welsh sculptor John Brown, who put a match to his piece 'Manifesto'. He said it was a 'symbolic act' to protest against the way the economic crisis is being dealt with.

'These cuts reach beyond the confines of the visual arts and affect the cohesive wellbeing of millions of people all over the world,' he explained. …

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