IX. International Forum

european sculpture: Difference and Diversity in Practice
Grugliasco near Turin, Italy
Cultural organisation Martini Arte Internazionale
16-18 September 2010

Keynote speaker: Miranda Mc Phail
Curator: Patrizia Bottallo

70 participants from 12 nations.

This year's IX International Sculpture Forum took place on the opening weekend of our first sculpture network members' exhibition where over 150 sculptures and installations by 30 members from 10 countries are on show until 6th of November.
You can find detailed information on the exhibition here.


More than seventy international artists, collectors, curators and friends of the arts participated in the IX. International Sculpture Forum in Grugliasco, Turin. 

They all met the day after the opening of the exhibition in Grugliasco to discuss the topic "European Sculpture: Difference & Diversity in Practice".

The first lecture was given by the sculptor and accademy professor Auke de Vries (NL) about "Scale. A story about scale". Second was Miranda MacPhail (USA) from the Gori Collection in Pistoia (IT), who presented different art collections and their approaches and understanding of art patronage.


  • Auke de Vries (NL),¬†sculptor
    Topic: "Scale. A story about scale"
  • Miranda Mac Phail (IT/USA),¬†Fattoria di Celle¬†Gori Collection
    Topic: "Contemporary Patronage: Promoting Diversity in Practice"

In the afternoon the main focus was put on the exhibiting artists and their work. Each artist had the opportunitiy to present his/ her work in a 10-minute talk in the exhibition or in the conference room with a slide show. The participants gained very interesting insights and had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and discuss directly with the artists their work. 

Artists of the exhibition who spoke about their work:

Matthias Bildstein + Philippe Glatz (AT), Ulrike Buhl (DE), Alberto de Braud (IT), Adri A.C. de Fluiter (NL), Rainer D√ľvell (DE), Johann Feilacher (AT), Rainer Fest (DE),¬†Deborah Gardner¬†(UK), Alexandra Klawitter (DE), Hans Lamb (DE), Kees Machielsen (NL), Susanne Kathlen Mader (DE/ NO), Eva Moosbrugger (AT), Pieter Obels (NL), Mari¬≠a Oriza Perez (ES), Jill Randall (UK), Pavel Schmidt (DE)

Before, after and during the Forum we had the SHOWROOM where all participants could present their works either digitally or with catalogues. In the evening there was time to continue networking, to converse and to exchange thoughts.

Also on the second day of the meeting - our touring day - when we visited  Fondazione Merz, the International Sculpture Biennale of Racconigi and Italian's most important contemporary art museum at the fascinating Castello di Rivoli exchange of ideas and conversation continued. Even in the hotels the participants were networking until late at night, making plans for 2011, as well as planning meetings in the different regions of the countries.

Looking back it was a very successful three-day meeting which inspired members as well as guests in their work, initiated projects and was also the basis for one or the other opportunity for sale of art works.

The pictures of this site were taken by two of our members, the Swiss photographer, Rainer Bolliger and the Geman photographer, Oskar Henn.


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