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Art War! Museum curators in Italy have fired back at the government for cutting their budgets as part of the austerity measures. European countries have scaled back their funding for social programs due to the economic ruin of failed socialism over the past few decades. The governments have run out of other people's money and they cannot raise taxes any higher on a broken economy.

Wikipedia definition of Austerity Measures:
> In economics, austerity is a policy of deficit-cutting, lower spending, and a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided

Italy's debt crisis led to the resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi last year. Since his departure, the government has passed a tough package of austerity measures and other reforms.

Art institutions says they have been particularly affected by the country's economic woes, with state subsidies and charitable donations drying up.
A museum in Italy has started burning its artworks in protest at budget cuts which it says have left cultural institutions out of pocket.

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Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17754129

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  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2012/04/19 18:59:25 (edited)
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    Demonic Rat Hunter
    +8
    Kinda like cutting your nose off to spite your face. If the Liberals don't get what they want, the way they want, how they want and when they want it; they start throwing Temper Tantrums.

    i liberal temper tantrums

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  • Quazimoto 2012/04/21 18:49:38
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    Quazimoto
    Makes sense to me. NOT........
  • bettyboop 2012/04/21 14:07:22
    Disapprove
    bettyboop
    Who exactly are they hurting?
  • mr echo 2012/04/21 13:19:55
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    mr echo
    idiots
  • mr echo mr echo 2012/04/21 13:20:36
    mr echo
    good job with burning your culture
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/04/21 10:35:49
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    nothingbutthetruth
    Artwork is something special and valuable and should not be destroy. People put a lot of thought and imagination into Artworks. I think the people should of find other ways and mean to empty out their frustration other than destroying Artworks.
  • Marcus Clark 2012/04/21 06:03:05
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    Marcus Clark
    +1
    A display of stupidity.
  • Andy 2012/04/20 15:37:31
    Disapprove
    Andy
    Rbis is so Third Grade!!!
  • Eddie 2012/04/20 12:47:20
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    Eddie
    +1
    Instead of destroying them why don't they try selling them.
  • P. Sturm 2012/04/20 10:35:21
    Approve of 'Art War'
    P. Sturm
    I really hope I'm right, that the little smile on his face means the real artwork is in it's travel boxes in their garages or storage units and they're burning the display copy of each one.
  • Selketskiss 2012/04/20 06:31:17
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    Selketskiss
    +1
    Well the stuff they set on fire looked like trash anyway...
  • Andrew 2012/04/20 05:11:58
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    Andrew
    +1
    Idiots!
  • oros 2012/04/20 04:13:47
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    oros
    Trying to get attention in a stupid and irresponsible manner.
    Not happy with a teacher or head master or some discipline at school form a mob, throw stones, riot and burn the school to the ground, South Africa.
    Cant get your own way riot, burn, loot, break everything in sight, kill.
    Now these fools are following the lead of ignorant scum.
  • David Hussey 2012/04/20 03:29:22
  • Bureauc 0Bamao 2012/04/20 03:29:08
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    Bureauc 0Bamao
    +1
    It's hard to figure the workings of the liberal mind, perhaps childish explains it.
  • templer003 2012/04/20 00:23:45
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    templer003
    Can we say spoiled little brats ???? How childish and unhonorably a thing to do !!!!
    Thirty lashes would not be enough to these low lifes..
  • Lester 2012/04/19 22:24:02
    Approve of 'Art War'
    Lester
    Actually, Italy's financial problems are more the fault of Berlusconi's crony-capitalism than to any sort of socialism.

    With regards to the art burning, from what I can tell they aren't burning any of the old masters. Rather, burning these contemporary pieces seems to be something akin to the "performance art" that was popular back in the '60s and '70s. If that is what they want do, I wish them well. I hope they put on a good show.
  • David H... Lester 2012/04/20 03:33:14
    David Hussey
    Agree with your take on Italy's fiscal woes, but I can't agree with your take on the burning of the artwork. Art is a subjective thing, one person's masterpiece is another persons dime store print and it is not for these guys to decide what is worthy of preservation and what is not
  • Anna E 2012/04/19 21:59:31
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    Anna E
    +2
    "Stupid is as stupid does" - Forrest Gump
  • JCD aka "biz" 2012/04/19 21:44:08
    Approve of 'Art War'
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    I approve, but I disagree with your statement about "failed socialism". Actually, our economies have been (partly) destroyed by the US-made subprime crisis, courtesy of GW Bush.
    Hopefully, we will get rid of our Right-Wing president (Sarkozy) next month, and elect a socialist president.
  • Bureauc... JCD aka... 2012/04/20 03:19:32
    Bureauc 0Bamao
    +1
    The US-made subprime crisis is a direct result of the Democrats pet project, The Community Reinvestment Act which forced banks to abandon sound business practices and make loans to anyone with a pulse. 0bama sued banks (for ACORN) forcing them to comply.
    Bush and republicans made 17 attempts to call attention to the brewing problem and called for more regulation.


    According to a November 15, 2011 report of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, the Obama Administration is on track to file 1,365 prosecutions for financial fraud. This is the lowest number in 20 years. It is especially egregious coming as it does after the biggest financial frauds in history leading to the 2007 housing bust and the 2008 meltdown, and the lack of any real change in banker behavior since those events.
  • JCD aka... Bureauc... 2012/04/20 05:37:50
    JCD aka "biz"
    Thank you.
  • JoeLove~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/19 21:24:46
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    JoeLove~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Burn the curators, strengthen the gene pool.
  • ruthannhausman 2012/04/19 21:21:26
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    ruthannhausman
    +2
    Boy, classic example of cutting one's nose off to spite one's face. Wow, imagine if down through the centuries the keepers of Da Vinci's or Picasso's or you name it, all the great artists, decided to do the same thing because of funding cuts. Good lord, how stupid can people get? Along with the easement into this entitlement mentality, methinks there was some success in reduction of intelligence simultaneously. Burning artworks? Dumb.
  • Jan Haskell 2012/04/19 20:28:17
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    Jan Haskell
    +2
    Talk about shooting yourself in the foot! Many things may change over the years, but those treasures will be gone forever.
  • Mike 2012/04/19 20:26:12
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    Mike
    +1
    We need to do the same - the monies aren't there then the monies aren't there
  • Dee 2012/04/19 20:19:25
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    Dee
    +4
    Instead of burning artwork, it would be more productive to sell or auction off the pieces that they have in storage to keep the museums going. It seems to me they are cutting off their nose to spite their face!
  • wtw 2012/04/19 20:17:41
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    wtw
    +4
    Spoiled little socialist brats like they are in the US. When we turn to austerity because Obama and the left have taken us down to bankruptcy with continued government over spending.
  • chaoskitty123 2012/04/19 20:12:30
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    chaoskitty123
    +6
    As a member of the art world, the destruction of any art is viewed by us as a mortal sin. People sacrificed their lives in WWII trying to save artworks from the Nazi's and watching these people burn art to protest cuts in government spending when they could sell the art being burned to get funding they need for years to come... is insanity at it's best.

    Yet Communists did just this in the past to make a stand because art was often the only thing which survived that the people possessed to know all was not lost... and destroying it was a sure way to provoke people to turn on their government.

    But Italy is not Communist even if they may be dependent on government aid to a large degree... and destroying works of art is not something anyone should allow.

    Yet it does prove the insanity dependency on government aid leads to as unless these art pieces are worthless, you never destroy art... you sell it to get the money you need or to encourage private support to replace the money you lost... you never destroy it because the art you destroy can never be replaced even if the people burning it can be!
  • templer003 chaoski... 2012/04/20 00:26:56
  • David H... templer003 2012/04/20 03:35:01
  • Sadisticon 2012/04/19 20:11:43
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    Sadisticon
    +3
    How much artistic patronage are we doing ourselves out of when we no longer have works of any given artist to admire? How sad and spiteful!
  • Callaway 2012/04/19 20:02:30
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    Callaway
    +1
    Kind of a stupid dramatic solution to an issue that isn't going to go away with the swipe of one pen or the burning of a piece of art.
  • BreakingThrough 2012/04/19 19:54:46
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    BreakingThrough
    +1
    You shouldn't burn other people's artwork. I don't like that goverments around the world are cutting back art budgets either, but if they didn't (or couldn't) care enough in the beginning to give them more money...they won't care when you burn the peices of artwork. They could just be hurting themselves and the atist's feelings.
  • kcandi 2012/04/19 19:49:58
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    kcandi
    +3
    Absolutely assinign!!
  • Ian 2012/04/19 19:41:13
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    Ian
    +5
    They arn't very bright are they? They're basically punching thier self in the face.
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/04/19 19:39:51
    Disapprove
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +3
    Cutting off your nose in spite of your face much, museum curators?

    But, aside from the sheer lack of thought that went into this protest, I despise burning art. As a writer and a general lover of literature, art and music, this just makes my heart drop to my shoes. Art is a sign that people are living instead of existing; thriving, rather than just surviving. When people start burning it... that's not a good sign.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/19 19:28:19
    Approve of 'Art War'
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Much of it is not 'art' anyway.
    'Nudes' are just old time porno (they didn't have photography back then).
    Abstract just means that there is no talent involved, just a reputation.
  • chaoski... Torchma... 2012/04/19 20:16:05
    chaoskitty123
    +2
    Lol, you're pretty much accurate about that but still... what you view as porno or abstract others would still think of as art. As an artist, I hate abstract because any baby in a wet diaper can create it and porno, there's so much on the internet now that viewing something someone took time to create with paint and oils is actually refreshing. But much of what the wealthy elite promote as art isn't... and what they ignore often takes years of talent to create.
  • Flamingolady 2012/04/19 19:22:09
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    Flamingolady
    +3
    Unbelievable!!! Nazi s burning books Nazi s burning books
  • Kane Fernau 2012/04/19 19:22:05
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    Kane Fernau
    +4
    That's about as smart as burning the businesses in your neighborhood then bitching because businesses won't come to your neighborhood.

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