In 2012, Antonio Manfredi, Director of The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, burned Séverine Bourguignon’s painting “Promenade” as an act of protest against budget cuts to Italy’s cultural institutions. “Our 1,000 artworks are headed for destruction anyway because of the indifference of the government,” said Manfredi, who vowed to burn three artworks from the museum’s collection each week in an initiative he dubbed “Art War.”
Bourguignon had given her approval ahead of time, and witnessed the incident via Skype. “The survival of the museum is such an important cause that it justifies the despicable, and painful, act of destroying a work of art,” she said. “My work burned slowly, with a sinister crackle. It cost me a lot, but I have no other means of protesting against the loss of this institution.” #artdamaged
Such a sucker for the Jeff Koons poodle sculptures! This one, a little inspired by the shiny poodles and very influenced by tales of enchantment, tarnished by the mundane. Of broken dreams, flying fish and balloons with wings.
Globophobia | 30x40 in | Mixed Media on Canvas | www.kaleidodrama.com