exhibition of Magic curated by Paola
Trevisan the spirit among all
international artists was great.
Big ideas were born from this unique
synergy of creativity. On December
17th 2006 I founded the Ferrara
collective to keep the memory of
Ferrara alive as well as to become
an integral part of the artistic
I'm grateful and glad that I may
provide a venue of sorts for the
coordination of such an enthusiastic
and talented group of artists.
Hans Mertens, founder
The Ferrara Collective was inspired
by a group of artists who met in
Ferrara, Italy during the opening
reception of "Magic: The Magic Paths
of Art", an exhibition curated by
Paola Trevisan on November 2006 at
the Estense Castle.
We decided to form an international
collective in order to share our
ideas, opinions, projects and dreams.
In the contemporary art world where
business is power and the emotional
and spiritual aspects of art are not
valued, it is a precious experience
to be able to network with people
who are passionate about the visual
arts, and enjoy sharing ideas,
thoughts, and beliefs with fellow
All of us firmly believe in the
power of the group: working together,
to our collective advantage, as has
often happened in the past with
groups of artists who have
spontaneously birthed the major
movements of art history.
We believe that we can create a
similar situation today if we plan
meetings, share our experiences,
debate, discuss projects and
opportunities, and promote each
other for the common good, as well
as our individual benefit.
Founded on these principles, each
artist, with their different
personalities, talents, and
sensibilities, is bringing his/her
contribution to our Collective.
The Ferrara Collective