The idea for the Art Project Minerva was first conceived by Blandine Martin and Magdalena
Rutkowska in April 2009. It was that month that the devastating earthquakes hit
the L'Aquila region of Italy causing much loss of life and anguish as well as the
destruction of many important, historical works of art adorning the walls of the
ancient tenements of the area.
It is perhaps understandable that the immediate relief efforts were focussed on the
human aspect of the tragedy: in providing shelter and food where needed as well as
rescuing those trapped alive and recovering the bodies of the sadly less fortunate.
In such circumstances it is understandable that the rubble be cleared and discarded
for the greater cause of saving human life. But in the rubble of L'Aquila there
was a secondary, less immediate disaster - the damage to so much of the region's
famous, proud, historical artwork.
As artists, Blandine and Magdalena felt this loss acutely, and found a release for
their feelings through their art. The loss of so much historical art is the loss
of that unique perspective provided by the historical artist. More than a narrative,
the historical artwork is an interpretation from behind the eyes, an encapsulation
of history from a direct human experience.
The irony of the loss of art inspiring the creation of new art was not lost on Blandine
and Magdalena. It seemed appropriate to make a contribution to the reconstruction
effort in any way possible, and the idea began to form that perhaps art has the power
to renew itself. If art has the ability to inspire emotion then why not use that
influence to renew that which is lost.
And so the idea was born, to commit new art to the benefit of restoring and recovering
Blandine and Magdalena are established artists. For more information or to contact
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