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Museum Plans to Burn 1,000 Art Works to Protest Cuts

CCAM director Antonio Manfredi watching the fire consume a painting during yesterday's inaugural episode of the "Art War." (via BBC)

Various news services are reporting that a museum in Italy is waging an “art war” in protest of funding cuts and they’ve started burning 1,000 artworks. Antonio Manfredi, of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples, set fire to the first painting yesterday, Tuesday, April 17. He plans to burn three paintings a week. All the works are being burned with the permission of the artists, many of who have donated the works specifically for the purpose.

Italian institutions, according to BBC, are particularly vulnerable and the Maxxi Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome said its funding had been cut by 43% in 2011.

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