After many critics coming mainly from prestigious insiders in the arts field, the Culture Ministry of Italy has finally named a total of 20 new Directors to run museums and galleries in the whole country. The controversial decision includes the nomination of many foreigners, for the first time. Seven of them to be precise. This has been deeply critized, as for many prestigious places as The Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia Gallery, the leadership now is in the hands of non Italians, part of a huge renovation and reorganization campaign in order to boost the promotions of the Italian historic patrimony and prestigious museums. "The museum system was sclerotic", said Paolo Baratta, president of the Biennale di Venezia and member of the ministry's selection committee.
Here the complete list:
Anna Coliva, art historian, Galleria Borghese in Rome;.
Eike Schmidt, art historian, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence;
Cristiana Collu, art historian, GNAM (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) in Rome;
Paola Marini, art historian, Academy Gallery in Venice;
Sylvain Bellenger, art historian, Capodimonte Museum in Naples;
James Bradburne, museologist and cultural manager, Pinacoteca di Brera, in Milan;
Mauro Felicori, cultural manager, Reggia di Caserta, in Caserta;.
Cecilie Hollberg, historian and cultural manager, Academy Gallery in Florence;
Martina Bagnoli, art historian. Estense Gallery in Modena;
Flaminia Gennari Santori, art historian, National Gallery of Ancient Art, in Rome.
Peter Aufreiter, art historian, National Gallery of Marche, Urbino;
Marco Pierini, art historian and philosopher. National Gallery of Umbria, in Perugia;
Paola D’Agostino, art historian. Bargello Museum in Florence;
Paolo Giulierini, archeologist. National Archeological Museum of Naples, in Naples;
Carmelo Malacrino, archeologist and architect. National Archeological Museum of Reggio Calabria, in Calabria;
Eva Degl’Innocenti, archaeologist. National Archeological Museum of Taranto, in Taranto;
Gabriel Zuchtriegel, archaeologist. Archeological Park of Paestum, in Paestum
Peter Assmann, art historian, Doge Palace of Mantua, in Mantua;
Serena Bertolucci, art historian, Royal Palace of Genoa, in Genoa;
Enrica Pagella, art historian. Polo Reale of Turin, in Turin.