Lonely Planet Writer

Italy appoints 20 new leaders to under performing museums

In an unprecedented move, Italy’s culture and tourism minister Dario Franceschini has announced 20 new directors to lead the country’s most prominent cultural institutions, including seven foreigners and 10 women.

The Pinacoteca di Brera.
The Pinacoteca di Brera. Image by Kent Wang / CC BY-SA 2.0

A German will head the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and a Brit has been put in charge of the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. Italy’s under performing museums and art galleries are hampered by old-fashioned websites, unannounced closures, a lack of funds and a surfeit of bureaucracy. Despite boasting some of the world’s most famous and valuable artworks and exhibits, Italy’s museums and galleries have consistently failed to attract the kind of visitor numbers achieved by equivalent institutions in other countries. Read more: telegraph.co.uk