Carte Blanche, a new story 49 artists for 49 covers

The project conceived by Valentina Ciarallo on the occasion of the White Issue Vogue Italia April 2021 becomes an exhibition. From June 25 to August 29, 2021, the Gigi Guadagnucci Museum hosts a preview of the 49 artist’s covers made from the special edition of the well-known magazine released during the first lockdown with a completely white cover, a sign of bewilderment, astonishment and expectation.
Invited by Valentina Ciarallo, 49 Italian artists, separated by an overall age span of 29 years, have transformed the prestigious magazine from content to container, writing a new story on blank paper. A choral enterprise, born “from below”, which saw the participation, among others, of established artists, such as Mario Airò, Stefano Arienti, Vedovamazzei and Flavio Favelli, and young authors, such as Bea Bonafini, Guglielmo Castelli, Romina Bassu and Riccardo Beretta, united by the desire to start again. The 49 artist covers were published, within an article, by Vogue Italia in the March 2021 issue, dedicated to creativity, a theme shared by the international community of Vogue, with a presentation text by Federico Chiara and a critical intervention by Francesco Bonami. With this project, the spaces of Villa della Rinchiostra, the seat of the museum dedicated to the sculptor Gigi Guadagnucci, open up to the artists of the present, capable of putting themselves back into play, finding new aspirations, reinventing other modes of expression.
“The occasion of this exhibition – says Nadia Marnica, Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Massa – in addition to the great communicative value linked to the difficult moment we are going through, it is also a great opportunity for a meeting between different ways of expressing art and spreading messages: the love and passion transfused into marble by Gigi Guadagnucci and the desire for rebirth, the sense of hope of the works of the project linked to the white cover of Vogue Italia of April 2020. An enrichment for our museum.”
“This project,” explains Cinzia Compalati, director of the Gigi Guadagnucci Museum, “closely reflects our recent past and those collective feelings of shock and awe that accompanied all Italians in March 2020 on the occasion of the first lockdown. This is what the Gigi Guadagnucci Museum is doing today: creating shared experiences and establishing a privileged link with the community of reference, through actions that make the museum a mirror of contemporaneity in which we can recognize ourselves”.
“White as emptiness, purity, rebirth – writes Valentina Ciarallo. The blank canvas for the painter, the blank page for the writer, the blank marble for the sculptor. It all starts with white, the virtual palette and sum of all colors. The light after the dark. An idea that blossoms and spawns another and another. Among the white marble of the museum takes shape the choral tale animated by variety and diversity of languages, expression of the sublimation of the matter”.
On the occasion of the exhibition, at the Gigi Guadagnucci Museum you can listen to podcasts with the artists’ testimonies.
The 49 artist covers were made by: Mario Airò, Giulia Andreani, Salvatore Arancio, Francesco Arena, Stefano Arienti, Romina Bassu, Marco Basta, Elisabetta Benassi, Jacopo Benassi, Manfredi Beninati, Riccardo Beretta, Simone Berti, Bea Bonafini, Silvia Celeste Calcagno, Silvia Camporesi, Letizia Cariello, Guglielmo Castelli, Fabrizio Cotognini, Maria Crispal, Giovanni De Angelis, Federica Di Carlo, Stanislao Di Giugno, Rä di Martino, Mauro Di Silvestre, Matteo Fato, Flavio Favelli, Ludovica Gioscia, Goldschmied & Chiari, Corinna Gosmaro, Invernomuto, Giovanni Kronenberg, Diego Miguel Mirabella, Davide Monaldi, Matteo Nasini, Marina Paris, Alessandro Piangiamore, Donato Piccolo, Giuseppe Pietroniro, Gianni Politi, Marco Raparelli, Pietro Ruffo, Alice Schivardi, Vincenzo Simone, Sissi, Giuseppe Stampone, Lamberto Teotino, Eugenio Tibaldi, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Vedovamazzei.
The exhibition will open on June 25 at 19.00 – in compliance with the regulations to prevent the spread of Covid 19 – with a presentation in the park (access allowed until maximum capacity is reached).
Admission to the museum will be limited.
No reservation is necessary.