Its kind of ironic that Italy played such a big role in the development of western art from Rome all the way up through the Renaissance. But Italy has never become an art capital in the wake of Modern Art.
Of course there are artists and galleries and even entire movements that have been at the forefront of the art world over the last 100 years. But none of of these has dominated the discourse or changed the course of visual art world wide. Rome has never been as important as New York, or Paris or even London. Hong Kong is the new big art city now. Somehow Italy has sort of sat at the back of the pack for the whole ride. I wonder how that happened?