Milan’s MUDEC may be named for Khaled al-Asaad

Proposal by Partito Democratico.

Milan’s MUDEC Museum of Cultures, opened last March, should be dedicated to Khaled al-Asaad, the long-time director of world heritage site Palmyra in Syria, murdered by fanatics of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) last week.

This is the joint proposal of city councillor Filippo Del Corno and Lombardy MP Emanuele Fiano (PD).

Visiting the museum, Fiano said it was “only right that MUDEC should recall [the man] who curated and loved one of the planet’s most important archaeological sites for over 50 years, and was brutally assassinated by the new barbarians of ISIS.”

The idea of making MUDEC the home of the communities which live in our city,” Fiano added, “isn’t just a diplomatic gesture, it’s a living and productive reality – it’s one of the most powerful antidotes to the visions and ideologies steeped in fear and closure which threaten civil cohabitation.”

Meanwhile culture minister Dario Franceschini suggested all Italian museums should fly their flag at half-mast to respect the memory of Asaad.