PRINT Summer 1997


Private Milan

ON THE NIGHT of July 16, 1993, the Pavilion of Contemporary Art (PAC) in Milan became the first target in a string of bombings that were later attributed to the Mafia. The Uffizi in Florence and a Roman church were damaged by explosives a few days later, and the PAC, an already fragile building, was razed when a car bomb set off a subsequent explosion in nearby gas lines. The city of Milan claimed that the pavilion would be rebuilt within a year, although it refused monetary aid from the central government in Rome. Milan had recently come under the rule of the Northern League, the federalist and now openly secessionist party that wants to cut ties with southern Italy, which is less prosperous than the northern region, and also with “thieving Rome.” Because of this, it wasn’t until last summer—on the third anniversary of the bombing—that Milan’s only civic space dedicated to contemporary

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