Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Culture minister stands by controversial MAXXI appointment

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Rome, October 23 - The Italian culture minister
took personal responsibility Tuesday for the controversial
appointment of an outgoing member of parliament to head Rome's
prestigious contemporary art museum, the MAXXI.
"I took the decision autonomously, thinking of the good of
the MAXXI. The future will judge. I assume full responsibility,"
Minister Lorenzo Ornaghi told journalists in Rome, while
confirming the appointment of Giovanna Melandri as president of
the MAXXI Foundation, the non-profit organization that owns and
runs the MAXXI Museum.
"Now Melandri will illustrate the project (for the museum's
future)," Ornaghi added.
The appointment reportedly stirred accusations of
political horse-trading in recent days, and prompted a meeting
between Premier Mario Monti with Ornaghi to discuss it, reported
the newspaper Il Messaggero on Tuesday.
Melandri is a politician from the center left who served as
culture minister under ex-premier Romano Prodi and has written a
book on the importance of culture and landscape for national
tourism policy.

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