On Tuesday evening, one of my artworks was burnt in a gallery in Naples, Italy.Oh, how I wish this were Tracy Emin speaking, or Damian Hirst.
But it’s not. It’s Séverine Bourguignon, a French artist. And she’s referring to this:
Antonio Manfredi, director of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum (Cam) has been destroying works from his collection in order to draw attention to the plight of his institution, which is in desperate need of financial help from regional, national or European authorities.I think regional, national and European authorities have far greater priorities than a few paintings, Séverine.
I really, really do..
Seeing my work go up in flames was extremely painful and I am in mourning. But in some way it did not belong to me any more. I never thought of its commercial value and it is a political act to destroy it.I think the director thought of its ‘commercial value’. I think he thought it was nil…
I hope that this action will help the Italian government reconsider Cam's situation. Without funds, Cam will be closed and its collection will effectively cease to exist.So put up your prices. Or sell the artwork to raise funds, rather than burning them.
Didn’t that occur to anyone? Or…is it that they really have no value?
But the closure of Manfredi's gallery is not just bad news for artists: Cam is located in a socially deprived part of Naples, and museums are not only dedicated to educated people and tourists. If Cam is forced to close its doors, it would be bad news for the local people of Naples too.If enough of them flocked to the museum or sponsored a painting or two, it wouldn’t be in the financial mess, would it?
Since they evidently don’t…