25th International Biennial of Art
Deadline: March, 27 2009
“THE CHILDREN ARE WATCHING US” (�and laughing at us)
The art of the cartoon is play in its pure state.
In a essay by B. Bettelheim on the importance of play in children,
this passage by Freud has been quoted: “The favorite
and most intense occupation of a child is play.
Perhaps one can say that a child at play behaves like a poet,
in that he creates a world of his own, or rather he re-arranges
the things of his world in a new way that pleases him”.
There was Mr Bonaventura, ingenuous child-adult and Bibi & Bibo
(the Katzenjammer Kids), two urchins addicted to playing
cruel pranks. And then, in more recent years, the world of Charlie Brown,
Linus and Snoopy, with their unforgettable domestic-philosophical
view on the adult world. And today the Simpsons –
a mixture of irony, cruelty and the everyday nature of urban life.
The world of the comic is often directed at children and their games,
in order to illustrate the world of adults.
“The Children Are Watching Us” was the title of a film that De Sica
wrote together with Cesare Zavattini in 1943. Beyond the content of the plot
(a beautiful melodrama�), the title was well-chosen as it captured in
the bedlam that is our adult world (even more relevant today than then�),
a certain perspective on life which was like a ray of light;
a spotlight that illuminates the dark.
The town council of Tolentino is proposing and organizing
the 25th International Biennial of Art Humour, which this year
will take place between 11 July and 25 October 2009.
1. The Biennial is open to artists from all over the world,
each of which can participate in the “City of Tolentino
International Prize” dedicated to satire art. Each entry consists
of a maximum of 3 unpublished and original works, of any size,
technique and form of visual art.
A special prize dedicated to photography as original expression
of humour in art will also be awarded. Any works of art on any paper support will be accepted.
2. The theme for the 2009 Biennial is: “THE CHILDREN ARE WATCHING US”
(�and laughing at us)
3. The last entry date for the competition is 27 March 2009,
by which date the works of art must be registered with:
the secretary for the
25th International Biennial of Art Humour,
Liberta, 3 � 62029
Each work of art must have a entry form in which the following
information is provided: The artist’s name, surname, pseudonym,
a short biography, address, title of the piece, techniques used,
sales range in which the artist would like to insert his piece,
address where the work of art must be returned to.
Attachment of the signed participation card is essential fo
the admission to the competition for each work of art.
4. The organizer will provide and assign, for each piece on display,
the price range chosen by the artist from 500�1000�1500 Euro.
20% of the earnings will go to the relevant organizer.
The winning works of art will be excluded from sale and
will become the property of the International Museum
for Art and Caricature Humour in Tolentino.
5. The pieces must be sent carriage free. They will only be accepted
if they have no tax, customs fees or any other fees to be paid by the organizer.
6. The town council of Tolentino, of who will be organizing
the event, assure the maximum care, guardianship
and supervision of all pieces, declining all responsibility
of eventual theft, fire or ungovernable events while in
the care of those involved in the event or during transportation of the works of art.
7. The acceptance of each piece, their selection for exhibition
and the assigning of prizes is carried out by a jury nominated
by the city of Tolentino’s administration department. The jury’s decision is final and cannot be questioned or appealed.
8. The jury, presided over by Giorgio Forattini, also consists of:
-Achille Bonito Oliva
-Evio Hermas Ercoli
-Maurizio Costanzo – Artistic Director for the Biennial of Art Humour;
9. The jury will give out the following prizes:
International Prize “City of Tolentino” – Biennial winner 5.000. The Biennial winner
will be the guest for the following Biennial (2011) and will have his own exhibition
(max. 30 works of art);
2nd Prize of Euro 3.000;
3rd Prize of Euro 1.500;
The jury also awards:
The “Cesare Marcorelli” Career Prize;
“Luigi Mari” Academy of Humour Prize;
Other special Prizes.
10. The works used in the exhibition will be returned, at the cost of
the Organizer, not before the 30th day after the scheduled closing date,
apart from the possible postponement of the closing date by the organizer.
Exception goes to those works of art expressly donated to the Museum of
Art and Caricature Humour in Tolentino by the artist.
Those not used for the exhibition will be returned to their owners
at the cost of the addressee.
The organisers refuse all responsibility regarding theft, fire, damage,
etc that might occur during transport. Tax and customs fees will be paid by the artist.
11. The International Biennial of Art Humour organizers are authorized
to use and copy the selected works to be inserted in their official
exhibition catalogue, with as many examples as they deem necessary.
The organisers are permitted to also publish the same works,
even through reproduction, in a wide distribution also in the internet.
They are also entitled to publish the works on any resource and
even for commercial purposes. The artist will be mentioned,
in reproductions of their works, in familiar ways.
The artist will automatically consent to the free utilization
of their works be it imaginatively, educationally, creatively
or for public enjoyment, without any compensation.
The artist must renounce all rights to any type of compensation.
12. A participation Diploma will be given to all artists selected
for the exhibition. They will also have the right to a copy of the Biennial catalogue.
13. Participation in the 25th International Biennial of Art Humour
competition requires full and complete acceptance of the regulations stated.
14. The regulations are published in Italian, English, French,
German, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese. In case of doubt, refer to the Italian text.
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