The Euro crisis is driving people to many extreme acts. The worst recorded so far was the public suicide in Greece of a pensioner who shot and killed himself outside of the Parliament in Athens. Reports of families abandoning children in the hope that they may get a better life are also terrible to read.
As usual those who have been responsible in part for the Crisis continue to prosper. Countries such as Greece are expected to be saddled with a huge burden of debt that they have not a hope in Hell of ever clearing.
It is hard to understand just what is going on and what the future may hold. Most right minded people accept that sooner or later Greece, Spain, Portugal, Maybe France and the UK, will implode. The Eurozone and the Euro is quite simply finished. Propping both up to protect their own ends, as in the case of Germany and others, will not resolve the situation. All it does is delay the inevitable.
Today April 19, 2012, there has been news of an Italian Gallery director making is own defiant stand. The art museum outside Naples, Italy, has been hit by funding cuts. So much so that museum director Antonio Manfredi feels he has little choice but to stage a protest. This one was designed to attract the media and it has.
Works of Art at the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum have been literally going up in flames.
According to the BBC, "The first painting sacrificed was by French artist Severine Bourguignon, who supported the burning. The painting was worth about $13,000. Bourguignon watched her painting burn via Skype"
With the after effects of recent flooding and little money for the museum upkeep making a stand seemed the only alternative left. More paintings are destined for the flames in the coming days and weeks. To date the artists have given permission for their works of art to go up in flames.
With the lack of funding the museum has been an easy target for Italian Art thieves. Manfredi said in a statement, "Our 1,000 artworks are headed for destruction anyway because of the government's indifference," .”This is war. This is revolution.”
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog