Rome, 19 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The controversy regarding the president of the Venice Biennial came to an end last week after the announcement that Paolo Baratta will be officially returning to his post for a second consecutive mandate. The new Italian Minister of Culture, Lorenzo Ornaghi — who succeeded Giancarlo Galan in November — announced this news in his official speech before the Italian delegates on 14 December. After publisher Giulio Malgara’s controversial nomination in early October, and the discussion that followed in the Italian and international world, Italian authorities allowed Barrata to remain in his post. Over 3,800 people signed a petition for Barrata to stay in office, which included director of Tate Modern, Nicholas Serota’s signature.
The actors of the cultural world agreed with the action and commitment of Baratta at the head of the Venice Biennial and contributed to mark 21st century with the event. Baratta (born in 1939), economist and president from 1998 to 2002 and from 2008 onwards, will remain as president of the Biennial for the next four years.