The ninth edition of the prize dedicated to the young rising Italian art. Is titled “Add Fire” the ninth edition of the Furla Prize, biennial recognition of excellence for contemporary art dedicated to young Italian talents, presented today in Milan. The title of the edition of this year is signed by Jimmie Durham, the American artist – but also the poet – who will be godfather at the 2013 Furla Prize. The Furla Prize aims at supporting the best artistic practice of our Country, through the monitoring, the selection, the training of the artists and the production of new works and has been able over time to affirm itself as an international showcase for the rising creativeness. Edited by Chiara Bertola, the prize is organized and promoted by the Premio Fondazione Furla, Fondazione Carisbo, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, with the support of Carisbo S.p.A. and the collaboration of Viafarini and Arte Fiera. Over the presentation, to which have taken part Giovanna Furlanetto, President of Fondazione Furla, Fabio Roversi-Monaco, President of the Fondazione Carisbo, Marino Cortese, President of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Gianfranco Maraniello, Director of the MAMbo Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna among the others, Chiara Bertola announced the names of the finalists of the ninth edition and the five curatorial couples who identified the best finalists for this edition. Jimmie Durham also attended the meeting, in the role interpreted in the past editions by Christian Boltanski (2011), Marina Abramovic (2009), Mona Hatoum (2007), Kiki Smith (2005), Michelangelo Pistoletto (2003), Lothar Baumgarten (2002), Ilya Kabakov (2001) e Joseph Kosuth (2000). The artist godfather has the task to retrace the rising theme and the title of the edition, thanks to the realization of a work expressly conceived that will characterize all the graphic of the Prize. “Add Fire” wants to be an homage to an initiative that has always placed itself as the engine of growth for young artists and at the same time calls, in an unmistakable way, to never give in, in front of any kind of difficulty, facing the future with passion and creative energy.
The selecting curators of the ninth edition are: Stefano Collicelli Cagol (Padova, 1978) and Bart van der Heide (Olanda, 1974); Francesco Garutti (Milano, 1979) and Yann Chateignè Tytelman (Ginevra, 1977); Ilaria Gianni (Roma, 1979) and Alice Motard (Parigi, 1978); Vincenzo Latronico (Roma, 1984) and Fanny Gonella (Malabry, Francia, 1976); Filipa Ramos (Lisbona, 1978) and Elena Filipovic (Bruxelles, 1978).
The five final artists, identified at the end of a real journey of recognition on the territory, are: Chiara Fumai (1978), Davide Stucchi (1988), Tomaso De Luca (1988), Diego Tonus (1988), Invernomuto/ Simone Bertuzzi (1983) and Simone Trabucchi (1982).
The exhibition, titled “Add Fire” from the work of Jimmie Durham, is going to be set in the evocative frame of the former Ospedale degli Innocenti in Bologna, a monumental building owned by the Province of Bologna, recently enhanced by a significant restoration and functional redesign. The exhibition is going to be inaugurated on Friday 25th of January along with Arte Fiera Art First and will be open to people starting from Saturday 26th January up till Wednesday 6th February 2013. The five finalist projects at the centre of the roundtable dedicated to rising creativeness that is going to be held within the arte Fiera, on Friday 25th January at 11:30 and that will see the participation of the curators and artists of the 9th Furla Prize. The international jury formed by Galit Eilat (President Akademie der Künste der Welt, Köln and Reacher Curator at the van Abbe museum, Eindhoven), Marina Fokidis (Founding Director Kunsthalle Athena), John Peter Nilsson (Director Moderna Museet Malmö),Chiara Parisi (director of cultural programs Monnaie de Paris), Dirk Snauwaert (Director of WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels) is going to select the winner, who is going to be announced on Friday 25th January 2013 in Bologna, over the inauguration of the exhibition. The winner will have the chance to realize the work proposed in the project, entirely produced by Fondazione Furla and meant for public fruition thanks to the granting on free loan to MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna. The realized work will be presented in preview at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in June 2013, along with the 55th Biennial of Visual Arts, in Venice.
Like every year, the winner of the Furla Prize will have the chance to study and work abroad, thanks to the participation to a project of artist residency, that for this edition will take place at the WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels.
ADD FIRE | Exhibition of the finalist artists
Bologna, Ex Ospedale degli Innocenti
Via d’Azeglio 41
26 Jan. – 6 Feb. 2013
Press preview: 24 gennaio 2013, 10.00 – 12.00
Opening: 25 gennaio 2013, 19.30 – 22.00
Proclamation of the Winnerof the ninth edition of the Furla Prize
Friday 25th Jaunuary, at 19:30