Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Maxxi special administrator says museum now 'back to normal'


(ANSA) - Rome, October 16 - Normal activities can resume at
Rome's National Museum of 21st Century Arts (MAXXI) now that its
financial house had been put in order, special administrator
Antonia Pasqua Recchia said on Tuesday.
The secretary-general of the Italian culture ministry was
brought in by Culture Minister Lorenzo Ornaghi five months ago
to tackle an alleged 11 million euros deficit in the 2012-2014
budget plan at the futuristic museum designed by Anglo-Iraqi
architect Zaha Hadid and commissioned by the culture ministry in
1999 after it was put under special administration in April.
She is due to present the approved budget plan for 2012 and
final report by the end of next week, but a new president and
board of directors still have to be appointed.
MAXXI opened its doors in 2010 and clocked up 450,000
visits in 2011.
However self-funding from ticket sales, international
prestige and private sponsorship deals failed to prevent the
budget shortfall, which was allegedly exacerbated by cuts in
cultural heritage spending.
Meanwhile Recchia said that October 18 will see the opening
of an exhibition on the work of French rationalist architect Le
Corbusier (until February 17) while in December there will be a
display of giant sculptures by Jeff Koons.
The cultural programme for 2013 includes an exhibition of
photographs by Luigi Ghirri, a homage to the late artist
Alighiero Boetti, famous for his wall hangings, and a solo show
by Brescian artist Francesco Vezzoli.

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