“Beautifying” public spaces, increasing State heritage and stimulating the work of artists. These were the aims, in 1949 – at the height of the post-war Reconstruction – of Law 717/49 (more commonly known as the “2% Law”) which calls for the insertion of works of art in new buildings [in the measure of 2% of the construction budget].
The regulation – despite often being poorly applied – remains in force and, over the course of the years has produced some excellent results, such as the recent examples at the Law Courts in Venice, home to works by Botto e Bruno and in Pescara, which hosts works by Enzo Cucchi, Sandro Chia and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
In November 2015, the DGAAP – institutionally responsible for ensuring this Law is applied and monitoring its results – initiated a research project to identify all of the public works realised across Italy since 1949 thanks to the 2% Law.
The research involves the creation of a map accompanied by historic-bibliographic material, images and georeferenced data accessible via a web platform.
The project is slated for conclusion by the end of 2017.