500per1000

When:
Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 1 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 7 pm

exhibition

Works by various artists selected from the Manydee network, former UNIDEE residents
“Art is the most sensitive and complete expression of human thought, and the time has come for the artist to take on the responsibility of establishing ties among all other human activities, from economics to politics, from science to religion, from education to behaviour, in short among the threads that make up the fabric of society.”
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Progetto Arte (1994)

500per1000 – artist sponsor of thought is an exhibition project born within Manydee, the UNIDEE and Resò programmes former residents’ network, with the aim of facilitating the development of connections among the different editions. Artists as Beatrice Catanzaro, Charlie Jeffery, Vitalii Kokhan, Gayle Chong Kwan, Will Kwan, Juan Esteban Sandoval, Cai Weidong and Shah Zaman Baloch have decided to pledge their works to support UNIDEE, not only as mentors for future activities, but also making themselves available to guarantee grant to participate to the programme itself. Such a commitment is carried out through 500per1000, whose works are entrusted to Cittadellarte to be displayed and offered for sale to the public, half of the selling price (500 per 1000, or 50%) is then conferred on the artist who realized the work, while the other half is destined to a fund which covers the costs of participating in the programme, offering young artists from all over the world a chance sometimes otherwise precluded by financial reasons.
Making their works available and giving up part of their proceeds in order to offer others an experience of personal and professional growth, Cittadellarte and UNIDEE-University of Ideas appreciate and develop the concept of artivation, which sets the artist’s personal and responsible action at the centre of a transformation of society. Besides the inherent objectives of the exhibition, and in line with the principle expressed by Michelangelo Pistoletto in his manifesto Progetto Arte, the works on display not only deal with urgent issues of the contemporary world, but they also directly intervene in order to activate processes of transformation, offering new economical and political models of ways to distribute resources, access information and express differences.