What is the DIN A4 Project?
The Project DIN A4 is a collection of contemporary art of works produced on this designated size
(normally, but not necessarily, the works have been made specifically for this purpose). It
includes both emerging and established artists and even in, some cases, posthumous works have been
included by courtesy of the artistic executors.
DIN A4 is a European standard paper size. DIN stands for Deutsches Institut für Normierung (German Institute for Standardization). The A4 measurements are 210 x 297 mm.
Setting this limitation as a condition of the size of the works to this particular format has made it possible to build up, conserve and continue this collection, simply because the size DIN A4 allows for convenience both in storage and transportation.
In the various exhibitions of the individual works, care has been taken to give a balanced presentation, to prevent visitors from becoming overwhelmed by the quantity of work, thereby also, trying to prevent the individual works from being underestimated or from being placed in a competitive atmosphere.
The Project has asked professional artists, from all over the world, to send two works on paper size DIN A4, in order to apply to participate.
The aim is to encourage artists to be registered and presented. This project can only be realized with the cooperation of all artists. The participation of each artist with his/her work in this project will make DIN A4 a permanent manifestation of the persistent urge of artists to represent their thoughts, feelings, environment and time.
All selected works are registered on video and CD-ROM or DVD and shown in alternating exhibitions. The works will be stored with care and will be shown on demand to interested visitors.
With this collection of works we want to make the DIN A4 Project a reference to contemporary art.
When evaluating the DIN A4 project, we should start by considering the concept. This concept has
two sides: one, to create an international display of the wide range of contemporary art; the
second, to create a permanent collection.
The underlying thought was, after all, that it is an artists' project, that participating in the project should not imply any costs to the artist, apart from sending the works. Their participation would be guaranteed by the growing prestige of the collection and its exhibitions.
The charm and strength of the project is the form: all works are on a standard paper size (DIN A4), often sketchbook size anyway, which fits into standard envelopes and is easy to store and to send. Funnily enough with the overseas expansion of the project, it became clear that DIN A4 is a European standard and Americans had to cut their paper to size. Well, they did and they do!
Having started in Holland, with the enthusiasm of the original members, the involvement of other nationalities quickly spread. Whilst the early impact was that of Dutch and German artists, there later came vibrant additions from Belgian, French, Polish, English and Balkan artists.
The DIN A4 exhibition in two Spanish venues and one in Mexico gave rise to an influx of Spanish speaking artists and later there came the addition of artists from Romania and Italy. Thus the reputation of DIN A4 spread to an ever widening international field.
DIN A4's Centre of Management was recently moved to Malaga in Andalusia. With the addition of new initiatives, and the continued enthusiastic support of the Dutch founders, we are sure that the project will continue to grow as a vital means of artistic expression throughout an increasing number of countries both by means of active participation and through a growing number of international exhibitions.
Project DIN A4, a brief history
2000 The DIN A4 project started in August 2000 as one of the ideas initiated by
the Artist Collective L5, consisting of Pi Backus, Hans Kuys, Petro van Mourik, Ans Deenen,
Margriet Geraets, and Joop Lommertzen, in Roermond, Holland, having ad hoc sponsoring by the
Government of Limburg.
2001 The idea was extended to become an internet manifestation. At the same time, itinerant exhibitions were, and are, organized to display the actual works. As of this time, the exhibition has visited, or is planned to, places like Germany, France, Holland, Poland, Bosnia, Mexico, and Cuba, as well as other countries.
2006 Part of the collection was moved to Malaga, at first hosted by the Gabinete de Hyde (Antonio Troyano in coordination with Ernst Kraft), later by the association Malaga on.
2008 L5 organised its farewell exhibition with the show "Din A4 total" in the Stedelijk Museum in Roermond, and after a representative exhibition in Belforte (Italy), curated by Alfonso Caputo on behalf of Terra dell'arte, the entire collection has become the main project of Malaga on.
2009 The new DIN A4 website has been launched by the Area de Cultura of Malaga, promoting at the same time its ambition to become European Capital of Culture in 2016.
2010 Exhibitions Spain and Argentina
Present organisation of the DIN A4 project
Conservation, consolidation, filing, and extending the collection as well its promotion and exhibition, in collaboration with participating artists, other cultural associations or institutions, is carried out and is the exclusive responsibility of the artist association Malaga On: Juan Pablo Chipe, Ernst Kraft, Joop Lommertzen,
Address: DIN A4 - Calle Calderería 7, 4ª, nº4 in Malaga, Spain.
For several years, Malaga on has worked closely with Terra dell'arte and Ars Latina
An international committee has been established to support, advise and correct, when necessary, to guarantee the artistic standards of the DIN A4 project.
Members of the International Committee: Pi Backus (as founder and former coordinator of DIN A4
on behalf of L5), Alfonso Caputo (on behalf of Terra dell'arte and Ars Latina), Laura Castenedo (on
behalf of Terra dell'arte and Ars Latina), Ingrid Rosas, Jorge Restrepo, Raúl Fernández Olivi, Juan
Carlos Delgado, and Juan Pablo Chipe with Ernst Kraft, Veronica Romero and Joop Lommertzen (on
behalf of Malaga on)
Any possible future member will be selected on artistic and organisational merits but also for geographical reasons to guarantee the global aspect of the project
DIN A4 Curriculum
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