Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Former Italian culture minister named MAXXI president


(ANSA) - Rome, October 18 - Former culture minister Giovanna
Melandri was named president of Italy's national contemporary
art museum MAXXI on Wednesday, five months after it was taken
over by the government over a budget shortfall.
Melandri, who served in the center-left governments of
ex-premiers Massimo D'Alema and Giuliano Amato, was appointed by
the culture ministry, which has been directly overseeing museum
operations since April to correct an alleged 11-million-euro
deficit in the 2012-2014 budget plan.
An approved budget for 2012 is to be presented October 23.
MAXXI, designed by Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, 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.
Friday also marked the opening of an exhibition on the work
of French rationalist architect Le Corbusier while in December
there will be a display of giant sculptures by Jeff Koons.
The cultural program 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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