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Since March 2020 Art Aia is part of French Platform EasyClap

Théophile Steinlen’s famous advertisement for the tour of Le Chat Noir cabaret

In March 2020 Art Aia has joined the Online Platform EasyClap which is the first social network that brings together the world’s creative ecosystem on an all-in-one platform for artists, art collectives, media houses and art galleries. Art Aia will display on the platform the works of its artists as well as sharing information about the residency programs. Interviews, featured articles and podcasts published by Art Aia on Google News will also be reaching an highly engaged audience thanks to EasyClap press area dedicated to contemporary art.

More information about Art Aia on EasyClap 

Google Arts & Culture Booms as Art World Goes Online


As Google’s spokesperson said ‘Our goal has always been to use technology to help people find new ways to engage with art and culture’. According to Google Trends this March Online searches for Google Arts & Culture have really increased. Many cultural institutions like The Metropolitan Museum of New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Korea’s National Museum the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Pinacoteca de São Paulo and many others are already using the platform to share images and videos of their collections , add live content, virtual walk-throughs, podcasts, curated tours and artist takeovers.

More info on Google Arts & Culture



The 51st Art Basel has been Postponed to September. Honk Kong edition allow potential buyers to browse and buy artworks directly online. 

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Public Art Project on Tour in Basel, Manfred Kielnhofer, Design Miami / Basel
Art Basel, one of the art world’s biggest events, has been postponed as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread all over Europe.
The Art fair in Switzerland, was due to take place in June (18th- 21st) but organizers said  that the decision to postpone was reached with the goal of both protecting the health and safety of their community, and ensuring that the fair will be attended by the largest possible number of collectors, curators, and arts professionals from the fair’s global network.
The 51st year edition of the fair will be probably be postponed to September and galleries may need some time to consider if they want to participate. There will be no costs associated for galleries that choose not to participate.
Similar scenario for the visitors who can use their tickets if already purchased  or cancel and receive a reimbursement.
In Switzerland there have been over 10,000 infections and 153 deaths as a result of the virus and the country has moved to restrict non-essential travel.
Only Swiss residents and citizens or people traveling for work-related or emergency reasons, will be permitted to enter.
The Swiss fair has an edition also in Hong Kong and Miami . Organizers had already arranged digital exhibiting rooms, which allowed potential buyers to browse and buy artworks from the Hong Kong fair directly online. 
Art Basel’s Miami Beach edition is still scheduled to happen in December 2020.
More info on the New York Times

Arts Council In Ireland Launches The Dance Artist Residency Scheme

In order to stabilize and support a network of dance artists in residence across Ireland the Arts Council has launched The dance artist residency scheme, a specific work program open to professional dance artists, venues or local authorities. This scheme is aiming to offer opportunities to local authorities and venues to develop dance practice in their area, to consolidate both professional and community-based dance practice in a variety of regional contexts, to offer opportunities to dance artists around the country to engage in a program of artistic work relevant to their own practice and to encourage the development of long-term planning and sustainability of independent dance activities.See the link below for further details Dance artist residency scheme.

“Pier Paolo Pasolini Poesie-Bàsné ” a volume of poetic work published in Czech Republic.

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Pier Paolo Pasolini

The volume “Pier Paolo Pasolini. Poesie-Bàsné” was published in Czech Republic. It represent the first and largest selection taken from Pasolini’s poetic work, which includes verses he wrote in the Friulian dialect, the language of his beloved mother, such as Poesie a Casarsa from 1942. The translation was edited by Alice Flemrová and Tomáš Matrast who was also responsible for choosing the poems and of writing the introduction to the volume. Of particular interest is the autobiographical poem entitled Il poeta delle ceneri / Básník popela, published in Italy only in 1980, after Pasolini’s death, where the poet reveals the secret truths about political and economic power and the well-founded danger of the decomposition of modern and postmodern society.

Selected poems:
Dedica /Ploja tai cunfíns /Il dì da la me muàrt /Il nini muàrt /O me donzel /Tornant al país /Ciant da li ciampanis / La diversità che mi fece stupendo / Alla mia nazione / Hymnus ad nocturnum / Splendore / La Guinea / Profezia / Io sono una forza del Passato / Supplica a mia madre / Ballata delle madri / Il sogno della ragione / Il poeta delle ceneri / Comunicato allˈAnsa (Un cane) / L´influenza del denaro sulla poesia/ Versi del testamento / Vedo / Navigate…/ Come se fossi / Versi sottili come righe di pioggia

About Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual, who also distinguished himself as an actor, journalist, novelist, playwright, and political figure. He remains a controversial personality in Italy due to his blunt style and the focus of some of his works on taboo sexual matters.

More on Wikipedia


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A Girl Writing; The Pet Goldfinch Oil painting by Henriette Browne (ca. 1870 (painted) – 1874)

Nine writers have been awarded with a $50,000 grant by the fourth annual Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers : Mary Abbe, Jerry Cullum, Neil Fauerso, Amanda Fortini, Sam Lefebvre, Steve Litt, Erin Nelson, Seph Rodney, and Elisa Turner.

The Rabkin Foundation, established in 1999 by Dorothea and New York–based artist and art collector Leo Rabkin, recognizes outstanding contributions by art critics who inform the public through their writing on contemporary art. “In this unprecedented and tragic time, the foundation released funding immediately and chose to forego the celebrations and formalities that made this moment so enjoyable and memorable in recent years,” said the Rabkin Foundation.

More on The Rabkin Foundation here

Germany Has Rolled Out a €50 Billion Aid Package For Small Enterprises That Boosts Artists and Galleries

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HFF President Bettina Reitz with Minister of Culture Monika Grütters at the awarding of the German Short Film Award 2016 at the HFF Munich

“Artists are not only indispensable, but also vital, especially now,” says the country’s culture minister Monika Grütters.

The German federal government has announced that due to the emergency Covid 19 an aid package of €50 billion will be provided specifically to small businesses and freelancers, including those from the cultural, creative, and media sectors.“We know the hardships, we know the desperation,” said culture minister in a statement. “The cultural sector in particular is characterized by a high proportion of self-employed people who now have problems with their livelihoods.” The aid package funding will come in the form of grants designed to help with monthly costs like venue rentals and artist studios. In addition to arts-related individuals and organizations, the funding will support media enterprises, including newspapers. In addition to the stimulus money, the new initiative states that social security (including unemployment insurance) will be made available to freelancers—including artists—for a period of six months and expenses for housing will be recognized to ensure that “everyone can stay in their own home.” To this end, the government is injecting another €10 billion of support. “Our democratic society needs its unique and diverse cultural and media landscape in this historical situation, which was unimaginable until recently,” said Grütters. “The creative courage of creative people can help to overcome the crisis. We should seize every opportunity to create good things for the future. That is why the following applies: artists are not only indispensable, but also vital, especially now.”

Read the full article on Artnet


Giovanni Morassutti publishes new book about Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence.

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Art Aia Studio . 

The story of the foundation of Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence, the International art residency located near the Comune of Sesto al Reghena in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.

In this book the Italian actor and cultural entrepreneur Giovanni Morassutti describes the characteristics and the main focuses of the residency programs.

An “Excursus” tracing the activities that have been taking place at the venue as well as a description of the artists that have been hosted in the structure in the past few years.

More info on Amazon and Google Books

Coantivirus International Online Art Exhibition.

Art Aia – Creatives/ In / Residence has been invited by Nongyuan International Art Village to cooperate on an international art project: Coantivirus International Online Art Exhibition. Artists, designers, art students or groups, art lovers from various disciplines all over the world are welcome to send their art pieces related to the theme of Coronavirus. Coantivirus International Online Art Exhibition is an Online Exhibition that will be updated regularly on Nongyuan International Art Village official website.

Here an intro from NY20 :

“In the beginning of 2020, the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)
makes great impacts on China. But Chinese people are united and
determined to fight against the COVID-19 and, thankfully, continue
receiving help and support from many other countries.
With the rapid development of modern society, the world is closely
connected. Globalization obliges the international community to bear and
contemplate various challenges together. Like other disasters or issues,
virus outbreak is a challenge not the only country faces; while fighting
against the virus is to fight with fate for a better life, the mutual wish of
Instant measures taken to contain the coronavirus outbreak, by China,
stabilizes the domestic situation, which earns appreciation but also
misunderstanding. Some exaggerated rhetoric and prejudices try to
disturb the public opinion. However, we should realize that when human
beings are confronted with same suffering, misunderstandings will only
make people suffer more and warmth is what we all need.
Art is like a kind of medicine, relieving pains and creating warmth for
people who are suffering; meanwhile, it is a tool, which can be used to
record, express, communicate, encourage and reflect in difficulties,
despite of time, space, language, religion and etc… We should initiatively
use it to provide a platform for sincere, decent and humanitarian art
expression, and to embrace objective public opinion about the COVID-19,
which is why we want to start this International Online Art Exhibition.

When the coronavirus broke out, are there some people who have to
stay alone away from home, or unable to fall asleep due to panic, or
wander and feel lost? … Each individual constitute the collective society
and their life the true image of the time and event. Art should reflect its
times, which we called “empathy”. During this difficult period that
empathy is increasingly needed, is it not unnecessary for us to restore the
art into the life?
This international online art exhibition is on an independent and
nonprofit website. We call for artists and art lovers at home and abroad to
record what they know, see, feel and think since COVID-19 occurs.
We hope this will be a channel where the international art community
would know more about the epidemic situation, authentic materials for art
creation can be provided, and misunderstandings and anxieties can
relieved. We look forward to hearing about the most real thoughts and
showing the truest state of people during the outbreak. We sincerely long
to increase the possibility of communication and mutual understanding,
and let the vital function of art, warming the soul, return. In the midst of
common adversity, hope art can cross borders, truly touch the bottom of
heart, convey love and help selves and others though we’re oceans apart.”

For more information and to download the application form please click here 2020 Coantivirus International Online Art Exhibition.


Top 15 Giovanni Morassutti Quotes

Giovanni Enrico Morassutti (born March 15, 1980) is an Italian actor, theatre director, writer and cultural entrepreneur.  He is a graduate of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia directed by Giancarlo Giannini and long time student ad collaborator of John Strasberg.

He interned at the Actors Studio in the late 9oies, worked with Ellen Stewart at La MaMa, acted in Last Days directed by Gus Van Sant among other projects. Giovanni Morassutti wrote the foreword of the Italian version of John Strasberg’book Accidentally On Purpose and acted in plays in Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Italy and the US. He is the founder of Art Aia-Creatives/In/Residence. Here some of his best quotes:

“Find a good teacher, don’t betray yourself to succeed and be a better person before being a better actor.”

“Perfection? Being the most human you can be.”

“Average acting is like jerking without an orgasm.”

“I would rather remember even if sometimes it can be very painful.”

“I want to be spontaneous like a wild animal.”

“The sound of the human voice is the best of nature but only if it comes out from the feelings.”

“Sometimes I wonder if it does exist such a thing called personality.”

“Follow your body because most of the time it knows where to go.”

“I believe that nowadays we are in the process of establishing a new relationship between humanity, creativity and nature.”

“Wine making is an artistic creation in which you deal with a variety of styles, colors, and inspiration therefore good wine, like good art, can evoke emotions, sensations and create an experience which leaves a lasting impression.”

“We know how we were born, but know not how we will die.”

“For me personally, The Organic Creative Process helped me to discover what kind of actor I want to be; but this is a process that goes beyond acting. It actually revealed to me what I want to do in my life and that I have to work hard to make it real.”

“A great many a drop of water will create a creek.”

“Ellen Stewart has been a very important figure in my life. She had so much to say about art and theater but most of all she showed me that love is the most powerful tool in life.”

“I believe that if everyone would follow what they want it would be a very different world.”