Written by By Brenna Hernandez, CNN
Milan’s Masonic temple and Grand Palace-Sitolo church are a delight for springtime visitors. The spring flowers at the former — and permanent bloom at the latter — coupled with the shifting sunlight create an enchanting sight to be savored in the city’s most iconic “architecture precinct.”
At time of publication, more than 200 people could be seen admiring the courtyard of the Duke of Mantua’s Palladian palace — a fount of theatrical design and visual design during the Italian Renaissance and subsequent Renaissance and Baroque eras. But the furore surrounding the museum’s design has made the structure less welcoming, especially for those within its gates who do not want the dome-sized, wooden structure to stand for the time being.
“We have received a number of requests from people requesting us to remove the statue,” Fabrizio Prechelli, the Mayor of Mantua, told CNN. “But I only made the decision to take the statue down after being aware of the negative impact this political rhetoric had on both the townspeople and the museum itself.”
Minnie Miñoso, in her 1936 masterpiece “Saacaià.” Credit: courtesy mariamusi/artists rights organization zentralbibliothek nazionale degli Stati Uniti
In addition to a vocal online community, the mayor’s tweets generated a flurry of demands.
“Surely the Twitter hashtag #offishuacaià is a simple way to achieve a solution,” tweeted Caio Ruta, one of the co-founders of the Patriotic Populist Movement of Mantua. “As well as keeping the statue in its place, the museum building can be separated from the palace by some sort of ‘bricks’ comprising ‘handles’ for movement, to keep it from attracting bad press and vandals.”
Could history have caught up with Miñoso? Credit: mariamusi/arts and entertainment firm AIF/aviva biznesmen haussepicia
Many now say that Mantua is out of sync with modern cultural trends.
“I am always interested in this act, not only as a historian, but as a filmmaker,” the Italian-American film director and novelist Elia Kazan, whose films include “On the Waterfront” and “A Streetcar Named Desire,” once said.
“People try to replace history with their immediate experience. That is always wrong. Every civilization has its history, all history.”