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Officine Saffi hosts the 59th Premio Faenza

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Officine Saffi hosts the 59th Premio Faenza

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Exhibition Details

Officine Saffi hosts the 59th Premio Faenza

Artists Silvia Celeste Calcagno

From 8 June 2016 to 15 July 2016


Officine Saffi continues its cooperation with the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza by presenting the selection of award-winning works from the 59th edition of the Premio Faenza in its exhibition spaces.


From June 9 to July 15, Officine Saffi in Milan will display works by 13 artists competing in the 59th Premio Faenza, including the winners of the main prizes: Silvia Celeste Calcagno (Genoa, Italy, 1974) in the over 40 section with the work Interno 8 – La fleur coupée – whose series of works has already previewed at Officine Saffi concurrently with the prize awards; Helene Kirchmair (Hall in Tirol, Austria, 1981) winner ex aequo with Thomas Stollar (Claysville, Pennsylvania, USA, 1980) in the under 40 category, respectively with the works Bobbles and 1900 steps #2; and Nicholas Lees (Winchester, United Kingdom, 1967) who was awarded the Premio Cersaie for the work Four Leaning Vessels.

These are accompanied by the work of artists who have received other mentions in the competition: Yves Malfliet, Kathy Ruttenberg, Ann Van Hoey,  Zsolt Simon Jozsef, Marie-Laure Gobat-Bouchat, Monika Jeannette Schoedel-Mueller and Werner Bernhard Nowka, Omur Tokgoz, Giulio Mannino, Irina Razumovskaya and and two selected by Officine Saffi gallery the artwork Untitled 2 by the Korean Sangwoo Kim and Please touch! of the Hungarian Imre Ezster.

"The selected works serve to demonstrate a varied complex reality, the fruit of different researches, backgrounds and pathways, all of the highest level in their personal balance," notes Claudia Casali, director of the Museum.

In its mission of promoting the culture of ceramics, Officine Saffi is renewing its collaboration with the MIC, wishing to strengthen and support the ceramic medium as a means of contemporary expression which, today more than ever and above all in Italy, is witnessing a moment of great attention in the art world.

To this end, beside the exhibition, artist residencies for the winners of the main prizes will be hosted in the workshop of Officine Saffi during the year, representing an important occasion of exchange and osmosis at international level.

Premio Faenza
Over the years, the Premio Faenza, which was established in 1938, has seen the participation of Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana, Angelo Biancini, Guido Gambone, Leoncillo Leonardi, Pietro Melandri and Carlo Zauli, and foreign artists such as Eduard Chapallaz and Sueharu Fukami, who have made the history not only of 20th century ceramics, but also of the sculpture and painting of the 1900s.

Officine Saffi
Officine Saffi is an organization based in Milan, an experimental hub dedicated to contemporary ceramics. Its audience comprises artists, designers, architects, ceramists and everyone interested in ceramics and art.
The project consists of the Art gallery, for exhibitions with works by international artists, the Workshop for courses, also used for for artists’ residencies and production by artists and designers, and the Publishing Company that produces art catalogues and the quarterly magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel mondo ( Part of Officine Saffi’s mission is the Open to Art International Competition, dedicated to Art Ceramics and Design Ceramics. Through its operations, Officine Saffi represents a point of reference for international ceramics, with a mission to enhancing the significance of ceramics in the areas of art, design and architecture.

Milan, Officine Saffi (Via A. Saffi, 7)
9 June – 15 July 2016
Inauguration: Wednesday 8 June 6.30 - 9.00PM

Opening times: from Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 6.30pm. Saturday 11.00am – 6.00pm. Sunday by appointment.
Admission free

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