The Italian Almanac

modern art

Italian Art - February 2

A $1 million exhibition of modern art staged alongside Michelangeloís David at the Galleria Accademia in Florence has left curators wishing they had gone for a more classical celebration of the masterpiece. The five artworks have generated an unprecedented number of critical remarks and negative comments in the visitorsí book accompanying the exhibition.

One of the more publishable comments said: "Iím ashamed to have paid for this", while another said simply: "Shame on you, Accademia." A third suggested curators "call the refuse department immediately to get rid of this rubbish", while another asked: "How can the Accademia put such excuses for art alongside the splendid form of David? Itís an insult, shame on you."