Maurizio Landini, the leader of the Cgil union, has recently brought an art gallery owner, Patrizia Lazoi, into the headquarters of the union in Corso Italia. Lazoi, who now works for the Cgil organizing art exhibitions and events, is a union official assigned to the “exhibitions” department. Over the years, the Cgil art gallery has acquired valuable paintings by renowned artists such as Renato Guttuso, Ennio Calabria, Sonia Alvarez, and Enrico Benaglia. These artworks have been donated to the gallery, rather than purchased.
Interestingly, the story of the union’s art collection is intertwined with Landini’s childhood friend, Gianni Prandi. Prandi took over as the head of Cgil’s communication department after the dismissal of Massimo Gibelli, the former spokesperson. Prandi’s company, Futura Srl, has also been involved in managing the art collection on behalf of the Cgil. They have produced a catalog of the paintings, which is being sold for a modest price of 120 euros. However, this management arrangement has raised eyebrows among many Cgil executives.
The decline in union membership, as reported by Il Giornale, highlights the challenges faced by Landini’s leadership. In an attempt to quell discontent, the union’s leadership has recently amended the regulations for the national assembly, prohibiting citizens and the press from attending meetings. This is a change from just a few months ago when such participation was allowed.
These developments within the Cgil union reflect Landini’s newfound interest in art and his efforts to promote it within the organization. However, they have also raised questions and concerns among some members about the management of the art collection and the overall direction of the union under Landini’s leadership.
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