Art Critic Leads Opposition to Buren Project
This battle between Italy and France may come down to…orange juice. Italian art critic, Vittorio Sgarbi, is successfully leading the protest against a public art installation by French conceptual artist, Daniel Buren.
The project is supposed to be installed in the coastal town of La Spezia, southeast of Genoa, in one of the main squares, Piazza Giuseppe Verdi. An environmental group led by Sgarbi have caused the ministry of culture to backtrack on a project it had already approved.
According to The Art Newspaper, “At the moment, construction is on hold. Those supporting the redesign say the delay is costing the city €2,000 a day and that the project, which is estimated to cost around €2.8m, could lose all EU funding if it is not completed by the end of 2014.”