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Artist's heir
revokes gift to Milan over antigay stance

Artist's heir
revokes gift to Milan over antigay stance

The grandson of the late Italian artist Mario Sironi says he will not donate his grandfather's archive of drawings to the city of Milan because its mayor has refused a request that the city host a gay and lesbian film festival. Nearly 5,000 of Sironi's works are available, according to Bloomberg News. "Italy is taking steps backward while other parts of Europe are advancing," Andrea Sironi said in the article. "Italy is antiquated with its moralism."

The city's aldermen, however, are likely to present 20,000 euros to the 21st International Festival of Gay and Lesbian Cinema in order to lure it to the city.

Mayor Letizia Moratti was elected in 2006 under Italy's center-right party. Last year she withdrew Milan's sponsorship of an annual gay tennis tournament. If she were willing to present a more pro-gay stance, Sironi says, he would consider donating the art.

"I'm not stubborn," he told Bloomberg. "If she goes back on her decision, I don't see why I can't change my mind." (The Advocate)

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