As we speculated on Friday when it was announced that David Chipperfield had been named as next year’s curator for the architecture portion of the Venice Beinnale, there’s been a sudden reversal in last month’s leadership swap within the event’s upper ranks. Robin Pogrebin at the NY Times reports that Giulio Malgara, a food importer who had been hired (presumably due to political patronage) by Silvio Berlusconi to replace long-time and much-beloved Biennale director Paolo Baratta, has now resigned. Given that Berlusconi is now out as well, and that his original hiring was met with such controversy, it’s certainly not a surprise move. Now it’s only a matter of time to find out if Baratta will be staying on past mid-December, when his original contract, and what was suppose to be his final days in the post, expires. Pogrebin reports that “he has also been mentioned as a possible minister of culture” in Italy’s brand new government.
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