The Blank Benefit is an annual event that supports the activities of the association and its network. At first it had involved artists who took part in The Blank annual activities, but soon it has become an independent and recognizable event. A guest artist is in charge of creating an artwork especially made for the occasion, and its purchase allows to partecipate to the Benefit Dinner, always sited in a prestigious frame.
The donations of the event are aimed to support the activities of The Blank’s network.
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Where everything seems to be on sale, there is the risk of losing what really matters.
On Friday 13 December 2019 took place a special event organised in collaboration with The Blank by the Bergamo-based communication agency specialising in branding: Quid – Value to communication, sponsor of the exhibition Il Corpo Insensato (2019-2020, Palazzo della Ragione, curated by Stefano Raimondi), with two special guests: Andrea Mastrovito and Giuseppe Stampone dialogued with Stefano Raimondi, director of The Blank, and Lorenzo Sommariva, owner of Quid, on the union of art and communication, posing as a main question the question “what combines art and branding?”. Giuseppe Stampone also presented his new collection Sale, a series designed to remind how art is often confined to a decorative functions, at the expense of its expressive and critical power.
Andrea Mastrovito and Giuseppe Stampone share the same ability to create images and works that appear to be easy to understand but which, on the other hand, reveal a plurality of interpretations, great sensibility and a lot of artistic and other references.
Studio per la predica degli uccelli (Study for the bird predication), Andrea Mastrovito
In occasion of the 15th edition of BAF – Bergamo Arte Fiera, Andrea Mastrovito (Bergamo, Italy – 1978) and Vincenzo Simone (Seraing, Belgium – 1980), proposed a series of works as part of the benefit activities supporting the programming of The Blank.
THE BLANK 10th ANNIVERSARY
BENEFITS TO SUPPORT THE ASSOCIATION’S ACTIVITIES
To celebrate in the best way the milestone of the first 10 years of activity, The Blank has had the pleasure to collaborate with the British artist Jonathan Monk who has realized exclusively for the association a new series of artworks whose proceeds will support the realization of new exhibitions and projects. The works take the ironic title Shelf Life, an English expression that defines the period of time during which a good can be stored without becoming unsuitable for use, consumption, or sale.
At the same time, the artwork is presented as a bookcase of life, where the chalk simulates the spines of books that accompany us through time. The series was created for the exhibition The Gift. On Life and Death that on 13th November 2020 will open in Bergamo on the occasion of the Festival of Contemporary Art, Artdate.
Personal exhibitions have been dedicated to Jonathan Monk (Leicester, 1969. Lives and works in Berlin) at some of the most prestigious international institutions, including Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland), Kunsthaus Baselland (Muttenz, Switzerland). His work has been included in many events, including the Whitney Biennial (2006), the 50th and 53rd Biennale di Venezia (2003, 2009), the Berlin Biennale (2001), and the Taipei Biennale (2000). In 2012 he was awarded the Prix du Quartier Des Bains, in Geneva.
Shelf life, 2020
Chalk on canvas series of 36 unique pieces
24 x 30 cm
800 €/ each
* The amount is paid as a contribution and liberal disbursement in support of the different cultural activities promoted by the Association “THE BLANK” and is deductible under the combined provisions of articles 100 paragraph 2 letter h) D.P.R. 917/1986 and art. 14 c. 1 D.L. 35/2005 – Social security contributions
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The Blank Benefit 2014
Guest Artist: Andrea Mastrovito
evening hosted by Cristina Rodeschini
Artists who donated:
David Adamo, Salvatore Arancio, Christian Fogarolli, Oscar Giaconia, Jan Kaesbach, Daniele Maffeis, Jacopo Miliani, Mladen Miljanovic, Gianni Politi, Luigi Presicce, Agne Raceviciute, Vincenzo Simone.
The Blank Benefit 2013
Artists who have donated:
Alis / Filliol, Davide Allieri, Francesco Arena, Riccardo Beretta, Filippo Berta, Simone Berti, Mariella Bettineschi, Davide Casari, Emma Ciceri, Cuoghi Corsello, Mario Cresci, Giovanni De Lazzari, Cécile B. Evans, Ettore Favini, Arianna Ferrari, Ferrario Freres, Pasquale Gadaleta, Oscar Giaconia, Marco Grimaldi, Miguel Guzmàn Pastor, Adelita Husni-Bey, Alex Martinis Roe, Andrea Mastrovito, Francesco Pedrini, Alexandros Pissourios, Grayson Revoir, Andrea Romano, Giuseppe Stampone, Maria Francesca Tassi, Gian Maria Tosatti.
The Blank Benefit is an annual meeting organized in order to support the association’s network activities, an evening of reunion for art and contemporary culture lovers.
In occasion of the next celebrations for the bicentenary of the death of Giacomo Quarenghi, The Blank has realized an important collaboration with Riccardo Beretta, a young Italian artist whose works are already well-known on the international artistic scenario.
The artist has realized for The Blank Benefit 2016 fifty small velvet and hand embroidered tapestries, of size 33×33 cm, each of them has been created as an unique piece thanks to a pictorial intervention and to a manual making process, available for the supporters of the association and for the lovers of contemporary art.
Each tapestry can be purchased with a minimum donation of 350 EUR, that gives also access for two people to the Benefit Dinner, which will take place on Thursday 15th December, in the frame of Spazio ALT.
The original artworks will be presented in occasion of BAF – Bergamo Arte Fiera (26th – 28th November 2016) at The Blank booth.
The Benefit dinner will also host a musical performance of a harpsichordist and a repertoire of musical pieces referable to the historical period of Quarenghi will be played.
To celebrate its fifth anniversary The Blank begins an important collaboration with Stefano Arienti. Thanks to his generosity it was possible the creation of an original work made by 48 unique pieces, signed and numbered.
Every work is one piece of a bigger image that will be recomposed during a dinner party in the frame of the Museum ALT of Alzano with the presence of the artist.
The work (48×48 cm) reworks the famous series of posters realized in 1989 by the artist with pieces of puzzle.