Heavy cuts in Italian cultural life

Yesterday Italian president Napoletano signed a decree, robbing over 200 Italian cultural institutions of their state subvention. Of course some institutions might be obscure but internationally renowned are the Triennale di Milano, the Fondazione Feltrinelli, the Festival dei Due mondi di Spoleto, the Fondazione Arena di Verona, the Rossini festival di Pesaro, the Istituto Gramsci di Roma (a.o. the Luchino Visconti Archive), the Gabinetto Vieusseux di Firenze. Also included are the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (which contains the Roman film academy, the oldest in its kind, and the Roman film archive) and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini of Venice (organizer of massive international symposia and impressive art exhibitions). A true massacre! Imagine your own president or head of state halting the subvention of your own film academy, of your biggest film archive, of three major and internationally reputed theatre and opera festivals, of your wealthiest cultural foundation and of the archive of one of the biggest film authors in your own country… Look here for a list of all institutions robbed of their subvention. All because of the Greek hysteria and European crisis. For the moment the Centro Sperimentale seems to have been saved, look here and here but many cultural institutions might or will disappear. Culture minister Sandro Bondi was even appalled by the cuts by Finance minister Tremonti as he had not been aware of certain cuts; some say he should resign therefore. Bondi stated that certain institutions like the Centro Sperimentale, the Triennale and the Vittoriale should not be considered luxuries, so maybe there might be some survivors. Anyway, these drastic cuts will have international effects too, for sure.

~ by Ivo Blom on June 1, 2010.

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