“An episode of madness”
A painting by Adolf Hitler on display in northern Italy “has been attacked by a man wielding a screwdriver”, says Tom Kington in The Times. A man burst into an exhibition about madness at the Museo di Salò, on the banks of Lake Garda, last week, shouting: “Where is that shit Hitler?” He then lunged at the oil painting with a screwdriver, but failed to do much damage, because it was covered with a protective film. The man was subsequently restrained, and fled. Hitler’s painting (pictured), loaned by a private German collector, features two men in a long, dark corridor. Vittorio Sgarbi, an Italian art critic who curated the exhibition, described it as “a piece of crap”, adding: “It is the work of a desperate man.” The president of the museum, Giordano Bruno Guerri, said he would not press charges if the attacker was arrested. “An exhibition about madness would not have been complete without an episode of madness,” he said.