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Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta on Conflicts of Interest, Politics and the ‘Biennale Bus’

Paolo Baratta. (Photo by Giorgio Zucchiatti / la Biennale di Venezia)

With the resignation of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi over the weekend, power is in flux in the nation’s cultural institutions. Giulio Malgara, a favorite of Mr. Berlusconi, recently withdrew his candidacy for president of the Venice Biennale Foundation, and, according to The Art Newspaper, there are rumors that the biennale’s current president, Paolo Baratta, whose reign is set to expire in December, may be appointed to another term, or named culture minister in the new Italian government. Read More