The Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, suggested selling artworks owned by Venetian museums to pay the city’s debts. He aims to raise €400 million.
Possible paintings to be sold include Judith II (Salome) by Gustav Klimt which is currently in the Museum of Modern Art in Venice and as well as a Chagall painting having been mentioned.
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A city spokesperson defended the decision, in an interview with Italian daily financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, “These works and these artists bear no relation with Venice’s cultural history.”