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Rome museum faces closure after city slashes budget

Former director of Macro says municipal funding now only amounts to €5,000 a month

Macro's future looks uncertain after cuts of between €10m and €15m to Rome's culture and heritage sector budget

The former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome (Macro) says that the institution is facing a financial crisis. Alberta Campitelli, whose contract expired at the end of June, told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that cuts by the city council mean the museum is at risk of closing. The municipal budget has been reduced from €350,000 in 2013 to €61,000 this year. “We literally have €5,000 a month [from the city],” Campitelli says. In April, the city’s culture councillor, Flavia Barca, announced funding cuts of between €10m and €15m for the capital’s culture and heritage sector.

Macro’s curatorial programme is, however, scheduled to run at least into next year, says Campitelli. “The exhibitions are programmed, and funded, until spring 2015… We spend very little [in terms of municipal funding] on the shows as we have several sponsors,” she says. “Eight annual artists’ residencies at Macro are still going ahead. The sponsor Zegna [Art Public] has confirmed its willingness to support us,” she adds.

Campitelli became interim director after Bartolomeo Pietromarchi stepped down in June last year; a permanent successor is yet to be announced. The city council declined to comment.

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