LEGGI
BENI IN PERICOLO
INTERVENTI E RECENSIONI
RASSEGNA STAMPA
COMUNICATI DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI
EVENTI
BIBLIOGRAFIA
STORIA e FORMAZIONE del CODICE DEI BENI CULTURALI E DEL PAESAGGIO
LINK
CHI SIAMO: REDAZIONE DI PATRIMONIOSOS
BACHECA DELLE TESI
per ricevere aggiornamenti sul sito inserisci il tuo indirizzo e-mail
patrimonio sos
in difesa dei beni culturali e ambientali

stampa Versione stampabile

Art world fears it is curtains for culture as budget is slashed
Richard Owen
The Times 21/10/2005

Amid the chandeliers and velvet of the Rome Opera House, Francesco Ernani, its director, is drawing up plans for next year that include taking productions of Puccini's Tosca and Verdi's Rigoletto to Japan.
His plans are threatened, however, by a looming one-third cut in arts subsidies, which he describes as inadmissible. "At the Rome Opera we have finally balanced the books after years of being in the red, partly thanks to private sponsors," he said. "But it costs money to stage opera at a world-class level and most of that money still comes from central and local government."
Yesterday Rocco Buttiglione, the Culture Minister, threatened to resign if Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister, refused to revoke cuts in the 2006 arts budget that performers say could cost tens of thousands of jobs. With an economy suffering from low growth and a high deficit, Signor Berlusconi's centre-right coalition which faces a re-election battle in April is making spending cuts of 20 billion (13.5 billion) across the board.
But the arts cuts have produced the loudest howls of protest in a country where culture is not an extra but central to the country's image, not to mention a major source of tourist revenue. "Culture is Italy's oil," Giovanna Melandri, a former culture minister, said.
Millions are drawn to the opera at Verona or La Scala, or to admire Italy's art treasures. The draft 2006 budget allots scarce state funds to measures likely to benefit families, such as pensions, child support and mortgages. By contrast the arts budget is being slashed by 230 million, with funds for the per-forming arts theatre, dance, opera and cinema bearing the brunt, down from 464 million this year to 300 million
next year. Last weekend thousands of workers in the arts including television and film stars took part in street protests.
Signor Berlusconi and his supporters, however, take the view that the arts cuts are overdue, theatres and opera houses are overstaffed and their employees are overpaid. This week the Prime Minister caused a furore by declaring that La Scala, in Milan, employed 1,000 people "when 400 would be quite enough".
Its dancers, he said, "work up to the age of 40 but are paid until the age of 65" a remark presumably based on inside information since his son-in-law, Maurizio Vanadia, is a La Scala dancer. Stephane Lissner, recently appointed as the artistic director of La Scala hit this year by strikes and boardroom walkouts despite a multi-million-pound restoration retorted that it employed only 800 people, of whom more than half were artistic staff in the orchestra, chorus and corps de ballet.
"The entire art world in Italy is in danger," M Lissner said.
Signor Berlusconi was backed, however, by Franco Zeffirelli, the opera and film director, who said that the Italian arts had been dependent too long on "Mamma State".
"Take cinema directors in the golden age of the Fifties and Sixties had no subsidies," he said. "Italian cinema's glory days are gone, yet nowadays directors grab state handouts that would be better spent on healthcare.
"When I was a boy in Florence I used to go to the Uffizi and it was so cold my teeth would chatter. Sometimes you have to suffer for your art."



news

14-11-2019
Cosa succederà alla Biblioteca Guarneriana di S. Daniele del Friuli? Un appello dei cittadini al sindaco

14-11-2019
RASSEGNA STAMPA aggiornata al giorno 14 NOVEMBRE 2019

04-10-2019
Unicredit mette all'asta da Christie's capolavori della sua collezione

14-09-2019
Da Artribune: Franceschini sospende i decreti Bonisoli

05-09-2019
Franceschini, il primo appuntamento al Museo della Liberazione di via Tasso

02-09-2019
Giuliano Volpe: Ci piacerebbe un ministro più educato

29-08-2019
Da Finestre sull'arte vi segnaliamo...

25-08-2019
Sul Financial Times si parla dei provvedimenti Bonisoli

22-08-2019
Trasferito il Soprintendente di Pisa che si era opposto alle bancarelle in piazza dei Miracoli

20-08-2019
In Finestre sull'arte: Gli accorpamenti della riforma Bonisoli affosseranno definitivamente i musei piccoli?

20-08-2019
Caos musei. Nel sito Emergenza Cultura vi segnaliamo...

16-08-2019
Da Finestre sull'arte: Musei, tutti gli accorpamenti decisi da Bonisoli

14-08-2019
Bonisoli firma decreto musei, ecco cosa prevede

01-07-2019
APPELLO - Per il parco archeologico dell'Appia Antica

30-06-2019
Documento dell'API sulla riforma del Ministero: riorganizzazioni perenni

27-06-2019
La FCdA per il Museo Etrusco di Villa Giulia e il Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica

26-06-2019
Firenze, l'annuncio di Bonisoli: "Accademia formerà polo unico con gli Uffizi"

21-06-2019
Lorenzo Casini sulla riforma del Ministero: Linsostenibile leggerezza ovvero la nuova riorganizzazione del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali (Mibac)

05-06-2019
Alinari. Quale destino per la più grande raccolta museale di fotografie in Italia? Un comunicato della SISF

30-05-2019
Bando per il premio Silvia Dell'Orso 2019: scadenza 30 settembre

07-05-2019
Dal blog di Carlo Pavolini: Luca Nannipieri e l'abolizione delle Soprintendenze

25-03-2019
Pisa. Bonisoli: Sarà trovata soluzione per ambulanti ma non in piazza Miracoli

25-03-2019
E' mancato questa mattina Andrea Emiliani

28-02-2019
Associazione culturale Silvia Dell'Orso: VIII edizione di Visioni d'arte

26-02-2019
Mai più bancarelle in piazza dei Miracoli. Firmate l'appello

14-02-2019
Appello. Contro lo smantellamento dello Stato Italiano

13-01-2019
Per unarcheologia fuori dallimpasse. Lettera al Ministro Bonisoli di API (Archeologi Pubblico Impiego)

11-01-2019
Sulla riforma delle Soprintendenze e dei musei di archeologia. Dichiarazione di archeologi accademici Lincei

29-12-2018
Per un rafforzamento delle soprintendenze uniche

29-12-2018
A proposito dell'appello agli archeologi: "Firme e coerenza" di Pier Giovanni Guzzo

Archivio news