The Prize is promoted by the historical Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, located in the city centre of Milan. First opened in 1913, the foundry has always been home to some of the most important national and international artists: from Marino Marini to Kengiro Azuma, from Alighiero Boetti to Giuseppe Penone, all supported throughout their work by the expert and skilled hands of the foundry’s master artisans. The most recent generation of young artists nurtured by Battaglia includes artists like Francesco Arena, Giorgio Andreotta Calò and Peter Waechtler.
The BFSP is an annual award addresses to young international artists established with the aim of promoting the use of bronze and the ancient lost-wax casting process in contemporary art practices.
The BFSP wishes to be an international showcase for new emerging talents, through the monitoring, selection and formation of international artists in the production of innovative works.
Ten international leading figures of the contemporary art world select ten artists each presenting a proposal for a bronze cast. A jury then evaluates the projects paying specific attention to their procedural features, which are of extreme challenge within the casting process.
For the Edition 2017-2018, the Prize will also have the support of Banca Generali, leading Italian reality in private banking, which is devoted to the promotion of original and unprecedented events.
The BFSP is a proactive platform for cultural / technical research within the millenary tradition of bronze casting. The Prize aims to promote the unique experience of an artistic collaboration with a traditional bronze foundry. At Fonderia Artistica Battaglia manual skills and understanding of the different material stages in lost-wax bronze casting are investigating day by day under the supervision of skilled artisans. The BFSP wishes to challenge the very nature of lost wax casting in all its different features: from a procedural point of view to its cultural implications and potential translation in the world of contemporary art.
The second edition of BFSP 2017/2018 focuses on one of the most fascinating features of bronze: the copper alloy is virtually eternal. Such timeless quality made bronze an irreplaceable tool for humankind since 3500 BC. To this day, bronze artefacts are often the only instruments allowing us to catch a glimpse into the world of long gone civilisations and cultures from all over the planet. To find a material capable of withstanding centuries of history means to work with an instrument capable of reaching out towards an infinite number of future generations to come. BFSP would like for the selected artists to reflect upon the responsibilities that come with casting an ideal shape / value / content before eternity (and what these contemporary shapes / values / contents might be).
Banca Generali is not new to the art world. The ﬁrst Private Bank in Piazza Affari is distinguished in the ﬁnancial landscape for the sensitivity with which it proposes original and engaging cultural reflections. Since 2014 the company has hosted numerous projects in Milan's Piazza S. Alessandro, which have received great appreciation both from critics and audiences, such as Mario Arlati's "Power of Color" exhibitions, "Digital Wall" by Fabrizio Plessi, "Traces" by Indonesian street artist Farhan Siki and "Conﬁdence" by Venice photographer and director Michele Alassio.