The travelling exhibition “The legacy of 1000 years of Italian ceramics”, organized by the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, will be in five important Museums in China from the 9th of November to the 25th of March 2018.
The selection of 150 pieces comes from the MIC collections, the greatest collection in the world totally devoted to the international ceramic art, is going to portrait an Italian story thanks to significant pieces which represent the numerous territories, from the Renaissance to the 20th century, the main styles and regional characteristics. The works reflect the influences coming from different ages and countries, as it happened for the “blue and white” production, clearly imitating the Chinese ceramics, or the “chinoiseries” a trend in Italy and in Europe starting from the 17th century, fully developed from the 18th century.
The Renaissance in Italy is a central period for all the forms of art, in the ceramic field too it is possible to admire the greatest and most interesting productions, supported by a constant research and a continuous relation with the painting. Outstanding centres of production are: first of all Faenza, Deruta, Casteldurante, Montelupo, Castelli, Urbino, Pesaro, Gubbio, among the others. Each territory shows its own typology, style and art tendency which during the centuries has changed orientation, facing the trends of each epochs. Ceramics in fact reflects the society and the lifestyle of each territory.
When during the 20th century ceramics started to reduce its functional purposes in favour of sculptural creations and decorative elements representing an epoch, in this new aspect it fully expressed its plastic dimension linked to new artistic researches and experimentations. Beside the masters and prize-winners who have been protagonists since 1938, date of foundation of the prestigious Faenza Prize – Competition of ceramic art, there are also, starting from the Fifties, emerging designers who followed the work of a great architect, Gio Ponti, a pioneer of the Italian interior design and a master of the new trends of the 20th century bourgeoisies.
“This exhibition, through its rich structure and multiplicity of artistic proposals, aims to illustrate a national ceramic culture that has had international developments. - says Claudia Casali, Director of the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza - We hope it will be the starting point of a collaboration focused on representing ceramics like an universal connection of cultures and civilizations, in the spirit of a deep and millenary dialogue”.
“From this project, an outcome of international relations and experienced organizational set-up, the relevance of our museum stands out as a ceramic cultural pole of the territory ‘expression of ceramic art in the world’, - Eugenio Emiliani, President of the International Museum of Ceramics Foundation goes on to say - strongly active in the communication of the ceramic tradition, propeller of high level projects sustaining also the ceramic handicraft and representative of a unique tradition that determined the name of majolica: Faïence, all over the world”.
The itinerary of the exhibition in China
9th of December 2016 – 12th of March 2017: Henan Museum (Zhengzhou)
25th of March – 16th of June 2017: Zhejiang Provincial Museum (Hangzhou)
28th of June – 17th of September 2017: Liaoning Provincial Museum (Shen Yang)
28th of September – 17th of December 2017: Shanxi Museum (Taiyuan)
30rd of December – 25th of March 2018: Shenzhen Museum (Shenzhen)