Fondazione Furla – founded in Bologna by FURLA President Giovanna Furlanetto in 2008 – is the outgrowth of a long planning process that the company embarked on in 2000, aimed at encouraging and promoting contemporary culture in Italy, fostering young creative talent, and building a platform of dialogue about the themes of our era. In this perspective, the Furla Art Award was launched in 2000: a pioneering experiment for Italy that over the course of ten editions gained international renown as a cutting-edge Italian competition conceived to support young artists. Joseph Kosuth, Ilya Kabakov, Lothar Baumgarten, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Kiki Smith, Mona Hatoum, Marina Abramovic, Christian Boltanski, Jimmie Durham and Vanessa Beecroft all served as the Prize’s patron artists over a fifteen-year span, also heading the panel of judges.
In 2016 Fondazione Furla embarked on a new project under the artistic direction of Bruna Roccasalva and Vincenzo de Bellis, founders of Peep-Hole, an independent art center based in Milan. This partnership, an innovative concept for Italy, is grounded in the desire to forge institutional alliances on more than one level, and pool expertise and resources in order to advance and enrich the country’s contemporary art scene. Starting in 2017, with its new “Furla Series” project, the foundation has recalibrated its operations and strategy, strengthening its bond with the arts and renewing its commitment and support to contemporary culture in Italy.
Peep-Hole is an independent contemporary art center founded in Milan in 2009. Peep-Hole wants to encourage people to take a closer look at each artist’s practice through an articulate program that moves between the format of exhibitions, publications, lectures and conversations. During this seven years it has been in operation, Peep-Hole has organized many exhibitions involving some of the most interesting international contemporary artists, published 28 editions of a quarterly journal of artists writings entitled Peep-Hole Sheet and developed projects in partnership with numerous institutions, such as Kunsthalle Zürich, Museion, Bolzano, the Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, CAC Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brétigny, Portikus, Frankfurt, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Museo del Novecento, Milan, FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims and CAG, Vancouver.