Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza


The Japanese sculpture of the 20th century in the MIC collections

23 October 2016 - 8 January 2017

The exhibition devoted to the contemporary Japanese sculpture at MIC represents another step in the fundamental artistic and cultural exchange between Italy and Japan and in particular between the Oriental ceramic world and the International museum of Ceramics in Faenza, point of reference for the international ceramic art.


The presence of the Japanese ceramic culture at the MIC powerfully emerged in the Sixties thanks to the Faenza Prize  – International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, great part of the exhibits testifies this participation and they represent the changing and developing of the styles and poetics. The exhibition will show about one hundred works from the Sixties to contemporary times.

Starting from the middle of the Sixties, the Italian ceramic world was conquered by the Japanese ceramic art thanks to the great participation of artists to the “Faenza prize” and to the numerous events arranged by the Japanese government through the Japanese Consulate in Milan, the la Japan Foundation and the Japanese Cultural Institute in Rome. The exhibitions have described the important world of the contemporary Japanese ceramic art showing its double personality (as underlined by the critic Yoshiaki Inui): the traditional one focusing on shape and material, and the sculptural one dominated by the aesthetic element.

We remember the numerous Faenza Prize participations and prize awarding won by Japanese artists: Yasuo Hayashi in 1972, Aki Matsui Toshio in 1982, Sueharu Fukami in 1985, the dear departed Jun Nishida in 2003, Tomoko Kawakami in 2005, Tomonari Kato in 2007 and Shigeki Hayashi, Eri Dewa and Tomoko Sakumoto in 2011.

The exhibition at MIC Faenza has the aim to show, through the ceramic works belonging to the museum collections and though a selection of Japanese prints from the collection of the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna (deposited at the Museum in Palazzo Poggi), the attraction of Japan for the Italian culture during the 150 years of diplomatic relations between our countries.

The exhibition ends with a photographic glance on contemporary Japan, through the series “Tokyo lost and found” by the artist Tomoko Goto. Images showing the everyday life of Japanese towns though their inhabitants, visions, incongruities and their absurd but pleasant contradictions. Through the works on display we are going to tell the story of a path linked to a culture where the tradition, the never-ending innovation and the experimentation, walk together in a perfect equilibrium.

A hearty thanks to the General Japanese Consulate in Milan, to the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, to the Museum of Palazzo Poggi and to the Centre for the Oriental Studies of Art in Bologna. This exhibition and the side events have been arranged thanks to the fundamental support of Caviro.


Opening ceremony 22nd October at 6.30 pm al MIC

The exhibition will be displayed until 27th November 2016