Faenza, the city of ceramic, Italy
Winner at 6th edition
Winner at 6th edition
Faenza, the city of ceramic, Italy
Pistoia Tuscany, Italy
The artistic foundry Salvadori Arte is located in Pistoia, Tuscany, and has been operating since 1964. The company produces works of art in bronze and other metals, with the technique of lost wax, operating in a 700 sqm indoor space and 600 sqm outdoor space. Salvadori Arte is the last heir of the great metallurgical tradition of Pistoia, dating back to the eleventh century, and reaching its highest splendor in the early decades of the twentieth century.
It creates works for major Italian and international sculptors, including Roberto Barni, Luigi Ontani, Claudio Parmiggiani, Mario Merz, Steven Cox, Jorio Vivarelli, Igor Mitoraj, Mark Kostabi, Ilya Kabakov, Leonid Sokov, Grisha Bruskin, Umberto Mastroianni, Pericle Fazzini, Domenico Paladino, Daniel Spoerri, Fabio De Poli, Robert Morris, Bino Bini, Fernando Botero, Franco Fossi, Edoardo Bruno, Mario Ceroli, Pawel Althamer, Alexander Kosoloapov, Gustavo Aceves among others.
Some of its castings are housed in the most famous museums and art collections in the world, as well as in countless squares and gardens of art towns.
THE TECHNIQUE OF LOST WAX FUSION
It entails the coating a support of refractory earth in wax, which will be modeled afterwards; then an additional earth layer is applied on the wax, which is thus trapped inside the two masses.
By strongly heating the casing thus obtained, the wax melts and overflows from specific vents.
In the thin gap left by the wax, usually a few millimeters thick, the liquid alloy is poured, which by cooling and hardening, produces the fusion. When the fusion is complete, the sculpture is liberated from the different external castings and its surfaces are refined and polished.
Finally, through various oxidations and heat treatments, the desired patina is given to bronze.
The Zeus in Athens, the horses of Saint Mark’s in Venice, the Marco Aurelio in Rome’s Campidoglio, and the great sculptures of the Renaissance, were made using this very technique, which, over time, has hardly been amended.
Iaab is an international exchange and studio program founded by Christoph Merian Stiftung in Basel (Switzerland) in 1986. It gives artists who come from the Basel region and southern Germany the opportunity to spend a number of months working abroad in one of the programs of the 13 partner countries. In return every year iaab hosts in his studios 15 artists from around the world.
The art residency in Basel lasts 3 months and includes accommodation, studio, curatorial assistance and final open day.
Faenza, the city of ceramic, Italy
in collaboration with the Department of International Relations
Since 1991 the Department of International Relations coordinates the city’s international contacts. It manages economic, cultural and administrative projects, and is responsible for the organization of Nuremberg’s twin city partnerships.
Since the Middle Ages, Nuremberg has been an internationally focused city – settled by craftsmen and artists from all over the world, where Nuremberg merchants sold their products throughout Europe. After the Second World War, Nuremberg strove to participate in foreign affairs as a contribution to international understanding and European unity. Nuremberg dealt with the intensely complex issues surrounding its associations with the terrors of the Third Reich. The city now instigates activities for the progression of human rights, and continuously helps spread awareness and cultural understanding.
The collaboration between the Department of International Relations of the city of Nuremberg and the Arte Laguna Prize was born in June 2013 and it includes an exchange between Venetian and German artists
The space for the artist's studio will be inside the castle of Almoshof used by the city as a cultural center for music concerts, art exhibitions and meetings.
The collaboration between Arte Laguna Prize and the company Technymon began in September 2011.
Technymon, that is part of The Mongodi group, is one of the SMEs which have internationalized their business, by opening some productive branches in Europe, USA, Brazil, India while keeping their main office in Italy. The spirit of the group is to be “world citizens” by participating in the social, economic, and cultural life of the nation it works in and thus becoming an integral part of the society. This conviction has been the starting point of a cultural project of wide international scope, aimed at the interchange and the diffusion of any expression of creativity. In order to develop this project, Technymon started to establish some cooperative relations with different realities and for this reason the collaboration with Arte Laguna Prize originated.
This residency gives the opportunity to the artists of the Arte Laguna Prize to stay for one month in Mumbai in order to carry out a new artistic project inspired by the city and the local culture.
S. Pietro Mussolino, Marble District, Italy
Founded in 1961 and currently managed by Giancarlo Bocchese, Miramarmi srl has been one of the first companies in the Chiampo valley (Vicenza) to specialize in the extraction, processing and sale of marble and natural stone all over the world.
Marbles, Art and Design are the three elements that characterize this place dedicated to artists, architects and designers. A space wanted by Miramarmi in order to make people closer to the wide world of the art and design of marble. An old production plant has been turned into an evocative and original "art gallery": this, in short, is Miramarmi Loft Gallery. The new company showroom is the result of the renovation of the old venue of the Miramarmi sawmill which has been restored. Miramarmi Loft Gallery has been conceived as a meeting point for customers and the professionals in the field, a welcoming place where it is possible to admire different materials and now, thanks to the collaboration with Arte Laguna Prize, a creativity space for artists.
Murano Venice, Italy
The heir of an ancient glass-making institution, Abate Zanetti is the meeting point between the past and the future of glass art.
Abate Zanetti has two souls. The first is the educational one, that draws on its origins and is expressed through the organization, coordination and promotion of highly innovative educational activities. These ones include a number of courses on the methods of both traditional and contemporary artistic working of glass, as well as on general topics connected to technology, design, and marketing. The second soul, in continuity with the first, is the productive one, a natural evolution aimed at creating new opportunities in a market that is always asking for new solutions.
Abate Zanetti is now a centre of excellence for the production, research and experimentation on cutting-edge glass art and design techinques, and it is able to create glass artworks starting also from the customer's project (with the eleboration of the design and prototype), or by following the designer's directions.
The Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government founded Taipei Artist Village in 2001 with the intent of fulfilling the responsibility that the arts have to society, by enacting an artist-in-residence program and revitalizing a derelict space.
Treasure Hill Artist Village is located in Taipei City’s first officially designated historical community, and was officially founded in 2010 in the hope of allowing art to take root in this settlement, based on the concept of mutually beneficial coexistence, and providing artists with a space to live and make art, in the context of concern for society. Through the Artist-in-Residence Taipei (AIR Taipei) program, both Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village have actively launched exchange programs with other international artist villages in different cities across the globe. Until the end of 2014, a total of 391 artists from 58 countries have lived and worked at Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill, and 145 Taiwanese artists have participated in artist exchange programs all over the world as part of AIR Taipei. Within 10 short years, TAV has taken on a lead role in providing a platform for international artistic and cultural exchange.
The joint operation of the two artist villages creates a greater space for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogue, and provides the city with a diverse platform where the strength and possibilities of art can be developed and spread to other corners of the world.
The Berengo Foundation was established by Adriano Berengo who recognized the importance of keeping the centuries-old craft of glassmaking in Venice alive. By translating the language of craft to that one of contemporary art, he created a way to enter into the world of glassmaking and preserve the knowledge, skills and traditions of the Murano master glassmakers.
The Berengo Foundation invites artists, both established and emerging, to work in Murano with the master glassmakers and presents the works during Glasstress, a collateral event in the Venice Biennale of Art that has been held in Palazzo Franchetti since 2009. Glasstress showcases this collaboration between contemporary artists and the craftsmen of Murano and in this way helps assure the future of the craft of glass making.
The Foundation has also established an exhibition space in Murano as a second venue for Glasstress and as a permanent home for glass works of contemporary art.
The Foundation also sponsors a residency and internship programs to provide a significant educational opportunity for students and contemporary artists to experiment in the craft of glass.
Founded in 1913 by three partners - Ercole Battaglia (former chief of Necchi foundry), Giulio Pogliani (moulder) and Riccardo Frigerio (chiseler) - “Fonderia Battaglia, Pogliani e Frigerio” has always been one of the main Italian artistic foundries.
Since then, in the course of an agitated century, a number of bronze works have been created and are created every day by craftsmen through the ancient tradition of art casting, that is always tightly bound to the history of the protagonists of the time. In the Foundry some sculptures by Lucio Fontana, Marino Marini, Alik Cavaliere, Giacomo Manzù, Floriano Bodini, Francesco Messina, Alighiero and Boetti, Giuseppe Penone, Giò and Arnaldo Pomodoro among others have been created.
The process of creating bronze sculptures, little known by most people, goes from the realization of the model in wax, that is the exact copy of the sculptor's model, to the bronze casting that will make the finished sculpture.
The space of the foundry is a real workshop of about 1,500 square metres, subdivided into departments according to the stages of processing the material: it is a work place where every day about twenty artisan casters practice a silent and handmade art, that is extremely precious.
For 100 years (and still today!) in Battaglia culture and technique have melted, in the Reinassance warmth of furnaces and in the sounds of a material that eternally comes alive.