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Antonio Manfredi, left, director of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, and Italian artist Rosaria Matarese burn one of Matarese's creations in front of the museum, near Naples, Wednesday, April 18, 2012. This is the second creation Manfredi burnt, the day before he burned a painting by a French artist, to protest shortage of funds. Manfredi threatened to burn paintings if financial aid wasn't promised. Italy's museums have been chronically short of funds for decades, but art world officials say the economic crisis has aggravated their pligh. (AP Photo/Franco Castano)

Museum burns art to protest

An Italian museum director in the mafia-influenced northeast of Naples has pledged to burn three works of art per week to protest against the lack of spending on culture.