International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza is a partner in a 4-year project (December 2014 - November 30th 2018) Ceramics and Its Dimensions co-supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Ceramics have always played a prominent role in the life of people in every European Country. Its products were items used on daily basis for decoration or representation; they were and are still present in private homes as well as public areas in towns and villages. Ceramics in Europe have been shaped by the strong interdependency in Europe’s cultural region, techniques and colours, as well as by being used in a historical-cultural context such as for eating and drinking, decoration or architecture. Ceramics connect people but they also enable regional differences, such as traditions, life-styles, and social or economic behaviour to be expressed and therefore develop an individual identity. Thanks to its characteristics and design possibilities, ceramics plays an outstanding role in the lives of people and will continue to do so.
The past few decades have changed both Europe and the world presenting new social and economic challenges. Over the course of globalization, our lifestyles have changed and are now closer to each other than ever before. There is also a real cultural interchange that is also giving an impact on the design of European ceramic.
This ambitious project will connect museums, architects, designers, industry, and stakeholders from different European countries to explore the material according to its cultural, historical, technical, and artistic aspects. The course of the project will be punctuated by a series of events: exhibitions, work- shops, symposiums in all partner countries to encourage knowledge in the field of ceramics and to develop an inter-cultural dialogue between European ceramics regions.
The project intends to analyze the evolution and the different ways of use of ceramics from the baroque period to the present time. It places a lot of importance in discovering the future by studying the evolution of ceramics according to new challenges such as the consumers’ needs, sustainable development and integration of minorities. Potential of new technologies will be explored to enable communication and access for numerous groups.
The project consists of 10 modules with partners from 11 countries, the leading partner being Porzellanikon from Selb, Germany.
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The exhibition European cultural lifestyle in ceramics – from baroque until today, managed by the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza (MIC) with the collaboration of all the partners, has the aim to offer to a wide public the contents of the European project Ceramics and its dimensions in order to enhance the value of the different cultural heritage of each country partner of the project.
The exhibition intends to explore the past usage of ceramics in order to better know our present situation, starting from the every-day ceramic production to reach the great possibilities of ceramics in any field, included the world of art. The exchange of mutual knowledge and the sharing of rich ceramic histories will strengthen the role of European ceramics in order to face the difficult future challenges that, in particular, the cultural policies have to carry on. It is necessary to be part of a context where each partner offers a fundamental brick to build a reliable structure.
The exhibition is expected to leave a powerful message, to attract the attention of several targets of audience, without being worried to establish the fundamental and basilar role of ceramics. The exhibition, consisting in a corpus of items coming from the museum partners, will focus the attitude of people towards ceramics from different point of view: historical/artistic, educational strategies and virtual access to collections and heritages.