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Italy to Create Ten New Museums and Cultural Sites as Part of Sweeping New Initiative

Italy’s minister of cultural heritage, Dario Franceschini, has enacted a new reform to streamline the country’s cultural institutions. As part of this new initiative, ten new museums and archaeological parks will be created, though the program does not represent a pure expansion per se: Some of the created venues will be mergers of previous institutions.

After a joint meeting with the cultural commissions of the Senate and the Parliament, he announced that Italy’s cultural departments will “speak with a singular voice to the public—to reduce time and bureaucratic costs,” Exibart reports.

A newly created department of architecture, fine arts, and landscape (Soprintendenze Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio), will help unify the current, regional administrations. It will address operation, artistic and historic heritage, and education and research among the new institutions.

The ten new museums and parks will be funded and supervised by ten new directors, chosen through an international search. These new institutions include the Complesso monumentale della Pilotta di Parma’s merge with Biblioteca palatina, la Galleria Nazionale, and il Museo Archeologico Nazionale, as well as the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome, the Historic Museum, and the Castel Park of Miramare in Trieste.