Public art cancelled in Rio due to cultural budget cuts

THE ART NEWSPAPER | Gabriella Angeleti:

The arts programme ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics has suffered another loss due to budget cuts, the Brazilian publication O Globo reports. A public work by the Italian artist Giancarlo Neri is among the installations recently cancelled by the country’s new culture minister Marcelo Calero. The work Bar Paris, comprising 1,415 chairs with lights attached, was to be installed in a public square in the Glória neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. The budget of 632,000 reais (around $200,000) would have covered the materials, a space to store the work, 24-hour security for the run of the project and other logistical issues… Read more

Image: Giancarlo Neri’s Bar Paris (2005)