Art War: Burning artworks as a political statement

There are several ways of protesting budget cuts for art and culture, but I never would have guessed that burning artworks would be one of them!
It happened in Naples, where the director of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum (Antonio Manfredi) set fire to a painting by French artist Severine Bourguignon, who actually showed her support for the act and even followed it via Skype. The Museum director declared what he calls “Art War” against the budget cuts and the government’s neglect: He will burn 3 paintings every week, until the government responds or the 1,000 artworks forming his collections are reduced to ashes.

Some artists, including Rosario Matarese, will burn one of their artworks in solidarity with Manfredi. The Art War has just begun, and the economic crisis is yet to provoke more such acts.

2 thoughts on “Art War: Burning artworks as a political statement

    • I share your sense of surprise, I also believe that there can be so many other ways to protest without having to destroy a work of art (even if the artist agrees).

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