Dead Darlings #5
Fifth Edition — 6 February 2010
Foundation B.a.D., Rotterdam
For Dead Darlings #5, it was again one of our former participants who saw the opportunity to place us in one of the satellite locations of Art Rotterdam, — our first ever event outside our Amsterdam safety zone.
We collaborated with De Zwarte Ruyter, to make an event entitled Masterpiece. This asked for a work that artists made with the intention of creating a masterpiece, a very ambitious undertaking that did not somehow fulfill its promise of becoming a career milestone…
Here we wanted to touch upon the notions of hubris and failure. In spite of those things, the glimmer of brilliance is resilient and survived within those fallen giants. The proof for that is still in our magnificent catalogue.
One could say it was an overnight success, since it was super fun for all involved, the works sold, buyers were happy with their ‘cheap’ but authentic art, and when people asked if the money would go to charity, we kept telling them: the artists are the charity!