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    Curated by Claudia Santeroni



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    The Blank Conversation is a project dedicated to under 35 artists and it has been developed in two years, in 2014 and 2015, respectively dedicated to Italian and foreign artists.
    For this project, the artists will spend a short time in Bergamo, as guests at The Blank Residence. During their stay, the artists are able to know the most important cultural realities of Bergamo and they can interface with The Blank staff.
    Their residence is recorded with photographies and the whole collected material is then published in a small bilingual publication, that testimony the experience and the research of the involved artists.

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    The Blank Educational is a project born in 2015 addressed to high school students and it is aimed to enhance knowledge and passion for Contemporary Art. The programme includes a number of activities: introduction to the languages of contemporary art, talks and workshop held in class with artists, studio visit and guided visits to temporary exhibitions.

    With the contribution of Fondazione Credito Bergamasco and Regione Lombardia.
    In partnership with the Province of Bergamo.

    TB Hospitality
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    VAI AL PROGETTO

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    The Blank Hospitality offers to all art lovers, creative and cultural workers the opportunity to experience a very special staying in Bergamo thanks to a hospitality service offered by residence The Blank. The Residence is located in Via Quarenghi 50, two minutes far from the train station and the central Via XX Settembre.

    The Blank is a Cultural Association made up of people involved in contemporary art and, on request, it is able to offer operators, curators and artists in order to discover the city as never before. A skilled team will plan the best itinerary in line with cultural interests of each person.

    The Blank Hospitality is part of Art in Network, in partnership with the association That’s Contemporary, developed within the project fUNDER35 of Fondazione Cariplo.

    For information
    info@theblankresidency.it

     

    WHAT'S ON
    OPEN CALL PREMIO MATTEO OLIVERO
    OPEN CALL PREMIO MATTEO OLIVERO

    Premio Matteo Olivero
    40th edition
    Remembering memory
    Competition notice 
    www.theblank.itwww.fondazionebertoni.it

    The Blank Contemporary Art has been assigned by Fondazione Amleto Bertoni, in collaboration with the project coordinators Paolo Infossi and Roberto Giordana, to organise the 40th edition of Premio Matteo Olivero.

    The 40th edition of Premio Matteo Olivero, hosted by Comune di Saluzzo (CN), invites Italian and international artists through an open call, without any limits of age and expressive means, to present released or unreleased artworks in order to design a solo show on the main theme of memory. The winner will hold an exhibition at the prestigious Cavassa Chapel, a Renaissance hall in the cloister of St. Giovanni monastery, renowned for its great historical and artistic value.

    The curator of the 40th edition of Premio Matteo Olivero is Stefano Raimondi, Director of The Blank and curator of GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, who succeed the previous curators Anna Daneri and Ettore Favini.

    The jury committee is composed by internationally renowned curators, whose names will be announced after the deadline for the submission of applications, and by members of the Fondazione Amleto Bertoni and the city council of Saluzzo.

    The jury committee will choose the best project at its own discretion and it will award a prize of Euro 5.000,00, for the realization the exhibition, to the artist or the artistic collective who presented it.

    Guidelines:

    20 March 2018 Application sending deadline
    27 April 2018 Exhibition opening
    Participation in the call is free of charge.
    Interested parties can join the contest by sending their applications (artist CV, project, portfolio and application form) at premiomatteoolivero@gmail. com.

    Please view the full announcement and all the attachments (historical description, planimetry and photos).

    Info: Fondazione Amleto Bertoni, The Blank Contemporary Art
    Phone: 017543527, 035 19903477
    Email: eventi@fondazionebertoni.it, premiomatteoolivero@gmail.com
    Web: www.fondazionebertoni.it, www.theblank.it

    HANNE LIPPARD
    NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2018
    HANNE LIPPARD
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    Performance, Mid-afternoon Slump, Coast Contemporary, Kunsthalle Stavanger Cabin, Hurtigruten, 2017 NO
    photo credit Maya Økland

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART 
    99 PAROLE WITH HANNE LIPPARD

    The more I speak the more I disperse of it. The more I disperse of it the more it becomes another story, a story not belonging to me. This way, it goes away, another way, any way. The more I speak the less I hear. The more I speak the less I am here. Nothing but a voice. Nothing but a pleasant feeling until you start feeling your knees again, remembering that they are also part of your body, a pair of functional limbs doing their best to act as a support for your voice, like a tripod supporting a speaker.

    SIMON LINKE – SOLO SHOW
    SIMON LINKE – SOLO SHOW
    02.24.18 - 04.06.18

    24/02/2018 – 06/04/2018
    Opening: sabato 24 febbraio 2018, h. 6.30 pm
    Opening hours: Tue – Sat, h. 2.00-7.00 pm
    Via Casalino 25, Bergamo
    tel. +39 035 247418
    www.thomasbrambilla.com
    info@thomasbrambilla.com



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    Thomas Brambilla Gallery is proud to present the solo show of Simon Linke, premiering on Saturday February 24 th , 2018, at 6.30 PM.

    Slightly smaller than one of Artfor um ‘s full – page ads, Simon Linke’s paintings corrupt the clean graphic layout of their source through a full – on indulgence in an excess of oil paint. Replicating the ads as faithfully as possible while wrangling a robust, fluid material within an almost com ically limiting surface area, Linke’s paintings exist as a near – perfect contradiction between boldly expressed market confidence and an artist’s potential alienation from the pressures t o produce a consistent product.

    Arresting Artforum ‘s iconic monthly bu lletins announcing the “new” in a relief of thickly applied paint, Linke’s paintings express the ideal of stability where there is none, flipping the temporal nature of an exhibition notice on its head. Focusing largely on recognizable blue chip artists an d galleries, the paintings’ compact size and precise articulation offer an ironic contrast to the overwhelming scale and volume of the contemporary art marke t from which their subjects are derived.

    More recently focusing on ads featuring paintings, which b ecome paintings of ads, Linke channels his enthusiasm for the medium of paint through the discipline of a working within predetermined surface area, where the “natural” boundaries of his compositions reveal staging mechanisms of contemporary art that are o ften hidden in plain sight. When looked at as a decade’s long project, which functions as an informal archive, Simon Linke’s work offers a refreshing sense of historicism often lost in the collective pressure to focus on the “next big thing”.

    Simon Linke’s recent exhibitions include Karsten Schubert, London, and Mireille Mosler in New York. He has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions including Le Consortium, Dijon in 2004 and his works are represented in a number of public collection s including Tate Gallery, London and FRAC Limousin, France. He currently lives and works in London.

    THE BLANK AT BAF - BERGAMO ARTE FIERA 2018
    THE BLANK AT BAF - BERGAMO ARTE FIERA 2018
    01.13.18 - 01.15.18
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    THE BLANK AT BAF – Bergamo Arte Fiera
    13th – 15th January 2018

    From Saturday 13 to Monday 15 January, the fair centre hosts the 14th BAF – Bergamo Arte Fiera edition.

    The fair, promoted by Ente Fiera Promoberg, is consolidated as an important art event, under the artistic direction of Sergio Radici.

    For three days BAF will bring in the orobic main town a selection of works of historical galleries linked to the modern art world and contemporary art galleries, with proposals related to new tendencies and emerging artists. The richness of themes, without any division in sectors, allows the public to explore the different souls of the Art of 20th century and the current production.

    The Blank takes part in BAF – Bergamo Arte Fiera in the Press section.

    The stand will be dedicated to Jonas Mekas (Lithuania, 1922), poet, artist and director, founder of the New American Cinema Group and creator of the Anthology Film Archive. The artist will be the protagonist of “Jonas Mekas – Personale“, that will take place from 10 March to 15 April 2018 in the renovated venue of Palazzo della Ragione, Città Alta. The exhibition, promoted by the City of Bergamo, is organized by The Blank and Bergamo Film Meeting.

    14th edition BAF – Bergamo Arte Fiera
    Mostra mercato d’arte moderna e contemporanea

    13th – 14th January: 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
    15th January: 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

    Fiera di Bergamo, via Lunga – Bergamo
    Entrance: 10 euro – Parking: 3 euro
    www.promoberg.it
    www.bergamoartefiera.it

    JOSH TONSFELDT
    NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2018
    JOSH TONSFELDT
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    JOSH TONSFELDT | RAINDROPS, TAXI | DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH, 2017
    Courtesy the artist, Simon Preston Gallery and Raucci Santamaria

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 PAROLE WITH JOSH TONSFELDT

    Hi The Blank,
    I apologize for being so late after your deadline, and hope this still comes in time for the newsletter. I’m attaching a picture we can share – rain reflecting on the face of an iPad that’s resting in my son’s lap as he sleeps in a taxi.
    As I try to think of what else to tell you, my attention drifts between considering the image, then back to this email window, occasionally checking for new messages and culling old ones. I’m left thinking of the other side of this message, where these words might briefly appear on other screens and windows, within a similar cycle of glances and momentary awareness.

    OSCAR SANTILLÁN
    NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2017
    OSCAR SANTILLÁN
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    OSCAR SANTILLÁN | HAIR OF SAINT CATERINA VOLPICELLI FOUND IN AN ENVELOPE, 2016
    photo credit Vibeke Mascini

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 PAROLE WITH OSCAR SANTILLÁN

    Crimes of passion are always a mistake and the reason is quite simple: they restore no power to the murderer.
    While setting up the room in which she plans to kill her husband, a woman confesses to her accomplice, “my only regret is that he’ll never know that I killed him.” The film is Diabolique.
    Sometimes, however, a victim does acknowledge his own death. This was the case with Bernardo Jaramillo, a communist militant who ran for President of Colombia. One morning in 1990, at the airport with his wife, Bernardo was shot several times by paramilitary hitmen. As the assassins escaped, he serenely sought for his partner’s gaze:
    – Hold me, those motherfuckers have killed me.

    Oscar Santillán

    ON / OFF - THE NEW URBAN SHOW
    TRAFFIC GALLERY
    ON / OFF - THE NEW URBAN SHOW
    12.06.17 - 02.06.18

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    Opening: Wednesday 6 December, h. 6:30 – 9:00 pm
    6 December 2017 – 6 February 2018
    Via San Tomaso 92, 24121 Bergamo
    Tel. +39 035 0602882, +39 338. 4035761
    info@trafficgallery.org
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    ENGLISH TEXT BELOW :

    Traffic Gallery is proud to present large format artworks within On / Off exhibition. Eight internationally renowned artists who act since te beginning in the urban culture world. For each artist in alphabetical order we report some of the most important recent events; through wall painting, public installations, excellent collaborations, awards and museum exhibitions, the capacity of the urban world
    introduce itself in all its possible artistic declinations.

    Andreco (from Rome) : fresh about his recent great work of public art in Venice entitled CLIMATE 04 See Level Rise, and winner of the special Talent Prize award for which he will exhibit the next 12 December at Museo Macro in Rome.

    Giorgio Bartocci (from Milano) : a tireless urban painter and spokesperson of liquid society theory he has recently collaborated with Nike global brand, a project of art custom for NIKE AF1 NBA.

    Btoy (from Barcelona) : recently included in the Book Street Art & Cinema curated by Stéphanie Martin Petit & Christian Omodeo for the prestigious parisian publishing house Pyramyd.

    Eron (from Rimini) : currently engaged in Milan for the mural art work W.A.L.L. (Walls Are Love’s Limits) inside CityLife district. A wall 118 meters long and 8 meters high near Milan City Fair. We also recall the beatiful mural made for the Musei Civici of Modena at Palazzo Santa Chiara during last September.

    Lucamaleonte (from Rome) : a leading artist for the exhibition Cross the Streets at Macro Museum in Rome for the 40 years of the street and writing scene. He realized inside the Museum a spectacular wall painting entitled Mucchio di Fagiani.

    M-city (from Poland) : his recent public art installation for the polish Festival Open City 2017 is aesthetically and conceptually very interesting. Pomnik Konny, an orange infatable equestrian statue which breathingair like a lung, rising and falling continually to remind us of the fate that most of the monuments suffer due to historical and political changes.

    Nemo’s (from Nowhere) : his name is comparable to a contemporary Ulysses, he is irreverent and profane. He has no identity, he is no one, indeed he does not belong to anyone. He does not have a biography and we will not say anything about his recent works. But we know that most of you have clear in their mind his unpolitically-correct creations.

    Orticanoodles (from Milano) : a special note goes to the project that sees them involved ORME – Ortica Memoria, the first district museum where the history of the ‘900 is painted on the walls. Between 2017 and 2019 twenty mural works will be planned and four of them are already realized, obviously wthin Ortica district in Milan.

    CARLO OBERTI - ONTOGENESI ORTOGONALE
    VIAMORONISEDICI SPAZIOARTE
    CARLO OBERTI - ONTOGENESI ORTOGONALE
    12.02.17 - 12.23.17

    Opening: Saturday 2 december, h. 6.00 pm
    from 2 to 23 december 2017
    Via Moroni, 16 24121 Bergamo
    ph. +39 347 2415297
    tue – sat 16.00-19.30 | Sunday and Monday by appointment
    info@viamoronisedici.it
    www.viamoronisedici.it



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    THE BLANK RESIDENCY OPEN STUDIO | IRENE FENARA & YASEN VASILEV
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    THE BLANK RESIDENCY OPEN STUDIO | IRENE FENARA & YASEN VASILEV
    11.18.17
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    In the context of The Blank Residency, on Saturday 18th November 2017 from h. 4.00 p.m., The Blank invites to the Open Studio, last appointment of the fifth edition of Project Proposal Residency, that has seen as protagonists the artists Irene Fenara and Yasen Vasilev.

    On the occasion of the Open Studio, the artists will present the works and project proposals realized on the territory. This final phase brings together the proposals born at the same time as the permanence and the incentives related to the territory.

    The Open Studio will be kindly hosted by Spazio Giacomo of Accademia di belle arti G. Carrara (Via G. Quarenghi, 33 – Bergamo).

    Project Proposal Residency is a project of artist residence, for Italian and foreign artists with the aim to offer occasions to develop personal artistic researches, both practical and theoretical.

    Thanks to Accademia di belle arti G. Carrara.

    With the contribution of Regione Lombardia.

    The project is realized in the context of AIR tour, a project born from the partnership between AIR – artinresidence / FARE and The Blank Contemporary Art, in collaboration with the Cultural District of Valle Camonica, with the support of Fondazione Cariplo.

    ABITARE l’ARTE | INCONTRO NAZIONALE DI RESIDENZE D’ARTISTA
    ABITARE l’ARTE | INCONTRO NAZIONALE DI RESIDENZE D’ARTISTA
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