Cleaners accidentally throw away an art installation

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Cleaners at the Museion modern art gallery in Bolzano, Italy accidentally removed an art installation while cleaning up over the weekend. The installation depicted the remains of a wild party scenes including empty bottles, decorations and confetti.

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The piece by Milanese artists Goldschmied & Chiari, entitled “Where are we going to dance tonight?,” is described by the gallery as “a site-specific work staging the scene after the end of a party: the perfect metaphor for the [1980’s.]”  The work is only visible when the museum is closed, after dark, so viewers can get the full effect of the aftermath of a wild party.

Unfortunately, the immersive work is maybe not as recognizable to people who are not as informed in the art scene. After all, if you see trash lying on the floor, you should throw it away, right?

The gallery has put up a notice that the installation will be rearranged as soon as possible. Let’s hope the artists don’t take it personally.

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AC Milan walk out after racist chants directed at Boateng

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Good on Kevin Prince Boateng and AC Milan for walking out on a friendly against Italian lower division club Pro Patria was suspended after players walked off because of racist chants.

Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng picked up the ball 25 minutes into the first half and kicked it into the crowd.  Ghana international Boateng then removed his shirt and was followed from Pro Patria’s home pitch by both sets of players and officials.

There had been appeals for the abuse to stop from the public address announcer.

Former Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur player Boateng later tweeted: “Shame that these things still happen… #StopRacismforever.”

On his way from the pitch, Boateng applauded sections of the crowd, who then reacted angrily towards the corner of the ground from which the chants came.  It was quickly established that play would not restart and AC Milan’s official website said other black players in the Milan side – M’Baye Niang, Urby Emanuelson and Sulley Muntari – suffered abuse.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri told reporters:

“We are disappointed and saddened by what has happened.  Milan play for the right to respect all players. We need to stop these uncivilised gestures.  We are sorry for all the other fans who came here for a beautiful day of sport. We promise to return, and we are sorry for the club and players of Pro Patria, but we could not make any other decision.  I hope it can be an important signal.”

Piara Powar, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), called for the Italian FA to take strong action:

“We salute Kevin-Prince Boateng for his actions and his team-mates for their support.  This is the not the first time a player has walked off in Italy – if the situation continues it may not be the last.  Italy, as much as any country in Europe, has a serious problem of racism to deal with. Football infrastructure is in need of renewal and at serious odds with the changing nature of Italian society.  We look forward to strong action by the FIGC (Italian FA).”

In June, Uefa president Michel Platini said that any players who walked off the pitch at Euro 2012 because of racist abuse would be booked.