Mega-ads must go, says new Minister of Culture
Venice in Peril is delighted that the newly appointed minister of culture, Giancarlo Galan, has told La Nuova Venezia newspaper (29 March 2011) that the mega-ads in St Mark's Square and down the Grand Canal must go. Tourists should not have to see such a spectacle, and the advertisers themselves must be finding the ads are bad publicity, he said; the money to pay for the restoration that the ads were financing will have to found in other ways. This vindicates the campaign conducted last October by Venice in Peril against the advertisements, in which a petition was sent to the then minister, signed by Anna Somers Cocks (chairman of Venice in Peril), the architect Lord Foster OM, Mark Jones, director, The Victoria and Albert Museum; Glenn Lowry, director, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neil MacGregor, director British Museum; Lars Nittve, director, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Mikhail Piotrovsky, State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; Malcolm Rogers, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Martin Roth, director general, Dresden State Museums.
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