The Easel

Meet the British art director hoping to spark a revolution within Italy’s museums

The state of Italy’s museums is a national disgrace. Woeful management has resulted in low attendance levels, demoralized staff and run-down buildings. Photos of Venice’s Galleria dell’Accademia are scarcely believable. Recently the Culture Heritage minister replaced the heads of 19 of the country’s 20 top museums in one swoop, referring to “decades of backwardness”. Ruffled feathers doesn’t even come close.