Facing challenges to keep on kindling the creative spirit spurred the ninth edition of Premio Furla
The ninth edition of the prestigious biennial Premio Furla, dedicated to rising young Italian talent, unfurled under the title Add Fire, conceived by the patron Jimmie Durham, American artist and poet.
In his role as patron artist, Durham had the task to retrace the edition’s principle theme and title through the creation of a work expressly conceived to graphically represent the award. Add Fire paid homage to an initiative considered the high-powered engine of growth for young artists while, at the same time, requesting an unwavering perseverance when challenged with difficulty to face the future with more passion and creative energy.
The five finalists, selected following a drawn-out and in-depth analysis of Italian creativity, were Tomaso De Luca, Chiara Fumai, Invernomuto, Davide Stucchi and Diego Tonus. The Add Fire exhibition was evocatively set in the newly restored former Ospedale degli Innocenti in Bologna. Selected by an international jury, the winner was able to create his work entirely funded by Fondazione Furla and later display it at Fondazione Querini Stampalia during the 55th Venice Biennial.
Group exhibition of the finalist artists
Former Ospedale degli Innocenti, Bologna
26 January – 3 February 2013
Solo exhibition of the winner
Chiara Fumai: I Did Not Say or Mean “Warning”
Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice
29 May – 30 June 2013
Stefano Collicelli Cagol and Bart van der Heide
Francesco Garutti and Yann Chateigne Tytelman
Ilaria Gianni and Alice Motard
Vincenzo Latronico and Fanny Gonella
Filipa Ramos and Elena Filipovic
Giacinto Di Pietrantonio