Blitz’s online initiatives are collectively entitled OPEN. The chosen name for our virtual space is a statement of our intention to stay in touch with you despite the necessary closure of all galleries and museums. Art shall continue to be part of our lives, especially now as we grapple with the repercussions of this sudden rupture and the way it is shaking all our behaviours and beliefs. Think of art as liberation of thought from the strong grip and boundaries that are containing our physical selves. Art bears the potential to take you where your mind and body need to be, in spite of the confinement.

OPEN is also an homage to the experimental characteristics of art. In the aftermath of the Second World War, and most radically in the 60s and 70s, art resurged as a driving force in the affirmation of a new society that sought to distance itself from the horrors of war and the events that led humanity through such dramatic upheavals. The impossibility of a naive return to classicism and traditional art-making, pioneered a cultural revolution in every field, from visual arts to dance, music, and theatre.

In response to this cultural revolution, Italian philosopher Umberto Eco theorized the open work in a collection of essays by that name, published in 1962. According to Eco, the work of art has always been open. The openness is derived from the aesthetic characteristics intrinsic to the poetic language, which facilitates a number of successive interpretations and a series of evolving perspectives. Here, Eco refers to a fundamental ambiguity of the artistic message.

However, he also states that in the twentieth century a different degree of openness emerged, characterized by the explicit and systematic intention of achieving openness and embracing indeterminacy through a reconfiguration of the artistic possibilities. Art turned to structures and forms that did not simply aim at the representation, or duplication, of the arrangements of the world. Instead, works such as the inventive serial music of Luciano Berio, the Kinetic Art movement and James Joyce’s literature, amongst others, suggested new outcomes.

As we explore these uncharted territories, we welcome the lack of physical distance and geographical borders of an online platform, and we move forward with Blitz projects inspired by art’s capacity to tackle alternative possibilities.

We look forward to sharing our new intiatives with you.
Alexandra Pace, Founder + Director
Sara Dolfi Agostini, Curator