Dynamo Art Factory
Event date 24 - 29 November
Event location Milan
Christie’s is delighted to present an exhibition of works this November, created as part of the Dynamo Art Factory programme.
Launched in 2009, the Dynamo Art Factory programme is led by established contemporary artists and offers participants engaging, stimulating and inclusive experiences with art in support of Dynamo Camp – a recreational therapy charity for children with serious or chronic diseases.
This season, the exhibition showcases work created under the guidance of two artists – Andrea Crespi and Matteo Mauro.
Join us in Milan to view the exhibition and support this fantastic charity.
View the exhibition
5 Via Clerici
Tel: +39 02 303 2831
24–29 November, 10am – 7pm
About Dynamo Art Factory
Throughout the years, the Dynamo Art Factory programme invited over 130 artists including the likes of Emilio Isgrò, Goldschmied & Chiari, Marzia Migliora, Gian Maria Tosatti and Masbedo, with more than 2,000 works created. More recently the programme has also brought the formula of its workshops to the largest museums in Italy, and enriched the Dynamo Camp structure with site-specific works, such as Michelangelo Pistoletto's Third Paradise and the Twin-Silos by David Tremlett.
In 2021 Dynamo Art Factory embarked on a new adventure in the world of digital art and NFTs. This venture was generously supported by leading digital artists including Fabio Giampietro, Mattia Cuttini and Giovanni Motta. In March 2022 Dynamo Art Factory became one of 10 winners of the second ‘Space Race’ organised by SuperRare. This space will give the opportunity to convey and promote the works created by the children and young people who participate in Dynamo Camp.
About the process
Lines for Life with Andrea Crespi
Andrea Crespi introduced the Italy-Spain teen session to ‘phygital’ art, which combines physical and digital languages, offering a contemporary reworking of two icons of classical sculpture. By colouring every other line of what looked like an optical decorative motif, the participating children slowly saw their own coloured version of Venus de Milo’s face appear in a pop art style.
In another phase of the work Andrea engaged the group by explaining the historical importance of the craftsman's artisanal work, and inviting them to create a monumental piece entitled David of the 100. The work consists of seven canvases which, looked at individually and up close, do not reveal the image they contain, but once installed and observed from the right distance, a 1:1 scale reproduction of Michelangelo's masterpiece appears. On the last day of the session, the campers saw the seven combined canvases reunited and realised with excitement that every contribution and teamwork can give life to something extraordinary.
Venus Rhapsody with Matteo Mauro
Matteo Mauro brought his Digital Baroque style and vision to Dynamo Camps' Milan city camp. Taking inspiration from a detail of the Tiepolo frescoes in Palazzo Clerici in Milan, the Ratto di Venere, the campers worked on the chromatic abstraction of the images. Colour synthesis was obtained graphically by dividing the image into sections, and reproduced with oil paint on the canvas. By mixing and kneading the pigments, the campers gave life to a textured painting, using brush strokes and a palette knife like true artists to reproduce colours in a precise way.
Pictures were taken during the workshop with digital post-production by Matteo to create NFTs using his characteristic process of generative art.
About Dynamo Camp
Dynamo Camp supports the right to happiness of children with serious or chronic diseases and their families, offering free Dynamo Recreational Therapy® programmes, at the Camp facility — located in a WWF oasis of 1000 hectares in Tuscany — and in hospitals, pathology associations, family homes, and day camps in Italian cities throughout the year. In the past 15 years, over 75,000 people benefitted from Dynamo Recreational Therapy®, rediscovering fun and self-confidence, with long-term benefits on the quality of life.