Months after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy in August, claiming the lives of at least 295 people, two smaller tremors shook the region again this week, damaging several heritage sites. The building hit hardest was the the church of San Salvatore a Campi di Norcia, in the village of Visso in the Marche region. The historic structure, which had already suffered cracking due to the August quake and contained notable frescoes, crumbled to the ground following the most recent aftershock; other religious buildings in the surrounding area, including the Basilica of Sant’Eutizio in Preci—known for its stained glass rose window—and the church of Santa Maria in Via in Camerino and its bell tower, experienced significant damage. In the aftermath of the August quake, the Italian government evacuated important artworks and cultural objects from the region, storing them in the city of Cittaducale in the region of Lazio. As of this Friday, Italy’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, had yet to appoint a superintendent to oversee the towns and their cultural treasures affected by the most recent tremors. But Franceschini said the nomination would occur soon.
09 The president of the Turin Museum Foundation, Patrizia Asproni, has stepped down amid a public dispute with the city’s mayor.
On Monday, Turin mayor Chiara Appendino confirmed Asproni’s resignation. As head of the the city’s museums, Asproni was credited with improving the city’s status as a cultural destination. Discord between Asproni and Appendino peaked last week when news broke that a major backer behind a
exhibition in Turin was leaning toward bringing the show to Milan instead. The mayor responded by calling for Asproni to resign and told the press, “The city cannot tolerate that the foundation is not able to maintain relationships with important sponsors.” Insiders say that the conflict goes much deeper, stemming from a fundamental divide between Appendino, part of the “anti-establishment” populist party Five Star Movement (M5S), and the city’s cultural leaders. The 32-year-old mayor campaigned on aggressive change for the city, including bringing greater accessibility to Turin’s existing, historic art collections rather than putting resources toward bringing in blockbuster shows. This stance, it is being reported, led the Manet show to fall through; sponsors believed that the city did not value the exhibition. In June, Asproni attempted to collaborate with the mayor on plans for the city’s museums, but was unable to secure a meeting. “It is a terrible thing that the mayor wants to decide which exhibitions go to museums,” Asproni said on Monday, and added that the mayor’s call for her resignation was a political move, having to do with the fact that she was hired by the previous mayor, Piero Fassino.
10 Art Basel in Hong Kong has announced the participating galleries for its fifth edition.
(via Art Basel)
241 galleries from 34 countries will descend on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition center next March. Along with its previously existing sections Galleries, Insights, Discoveries, Encounters, and Film, Art Basel in Hong Kong’s 2017 edition will also see the introduction of Kabinett, an import from the Miami Beach edition of the fair. As in Miami, galleries participating in Kabinett show special projects off to the side of their main booths. The fair will welcome 29 new exhibitors in 2017. Ten of those are from the Asia, 10 from Europe, and nine from the Americas. Among first-time participants are König Galerie
, Clearing, kurimanzutto, Luxembourg & Dayan, Waddington Custot
, and Galerie Buchholz