Who’s afraid of the Kulturkampf? Art will not die for lack of public subsidy, argues Laura Gascoigne

While currency speculators place their bets on which Eurozone

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economy will be next to fail, the clatter of falling dominoes has reached the contemporary art world. And it’s not just about investors being hit in their pockets. As austerity bites, discontent is spreading through society at large.

Last September in Istanbul – our current European Capital of Culture google_ad_height = 90; – fashionable liggers quaffing private view drinks on the pavement google_ad_slot = "7160667483"; outside a contemporary art gallery near //--> Istanbul Modern museum were set upon by anti-art vigilantes, who attacked two other galleries and hospitalised five people. Locals google_ad_client = "ca-pub-3967079123942817"; in the up-and-coming Tophane district are apparently

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unhappy that their neighbourhood is becoming a cultural quarter without
their consent. They know that up-and-coming, for them, means up-and-going as soon as property prices rise through the roof.

Meanwhile in Switzerland, home of the Basel Art Fair, a poster campaign by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) has forced

Zurich city council to scrap plans for the Nagelhaus, an art pavilion designed google_ad_width = 970; by cardboard model-maker Thomas Demand with /* 9-970x90 */ help from architects Caruso St John. It was meant to improve the look of a rundown square as


part of a 300m regeneration package, but the SVP – who make a virtue of being Swiss – balked at spending money on anything arty and demanded a referendum. Their
poster featuring a golden toilet and

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or Ai Weiwei could ship over the rubble from his Shanghai studio and plug it.

While our national museums heave faint sighs

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of relief over less damaging cuts than initially feared, local authority museums wait in trepidation while councils decide which non-essential services will be least missed.
In Italy, where most museums are locally funded, 30% cuts threaten the closure of google_ad_height = 90; contemporary art museums in Turin, Bologna and Naples. Naples’s La Madre (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Domina Regina), which has come close to having its electricity cut off, is in the mother of
all financial messes. A petition /* xin2 */ from
7,500 intellectuals (more

chorus, sung by a flash mob of 600 singers
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