New Gramsci mural causes row

FI, FdI slam 'ideological' work

(ANSA) - FLORENCE, 23 NOV - A new mural of Marxist philosopher, political theorist and martyr to Fascism Antonio Gramsci on a Florence council housing block has caused a row in Italy.
    The centre-right Forza Italia (FI) party said Gramsci (1891-1937) was undeniably an important intellectual and a brave anti-Fascist politician, but at the same time a convinced Communist-Leninist, and asked "can such a figure reconcile himself with the values of freedom and democracy that should unite us?" The rightwing nationalist Brothers of Italy (FdI) party accused Florence's centre-left city council of "filling (Florence) with huge murals with a blatant ideological message: an iconography that recalls that of totalitarian regimes, but without coherence and courage".
    The mural is the work of street artist Jorit, who put up a mural of Nelson Mandela on another municipal block of flats two years ago.
    He started the new mural with a famous quotation from Gramsci's Prison Notebooks: 'The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.' (ANSA).


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