Italian Museum Burns Artworks in Protest at Cuts

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In 2012, A museum in Italy 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 in Naples, set fire to the first painting.


“Our 1,000 artworks are headed for destruction anyway because of the government’s indifference,” Manfredi said.


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