The exhibition In The Earth Time represents Italy at the Gyeonggi Ceramic Biennale, during which the exhibition will take place. The invitation extended to our Museum by the prestigious International Ceramic Biennale in Icheon to organize an event related to contemporary Italian ceramics, is an example of the many missions at the Museum aimed at the national territory. Promoting Italian excellence and opening new avenues linked to the poetry of ceramics, are in fact, two important aspects of the long traditions embodied in the Faen‐ za Prize, started in 1938, which celebrates its 60th anniversary next year.
Following the main theme of the Ceramic Biennale, Ode to Life, the Interna‐ tional Museum of Ceramics in Faenza presents four generations of artists, all involved in the numerous editions of the Faenza Prize, the oldest ceramics prize in Italy. The Prize becomes the filter through which one can inter‐ pret the evolution of Italian ceram‐ ics, but also an instrument that can be adopted to measure how those different generations of artists dealt with the very same concept.
We cannot ignore the fact that Earth time guides working time. The title of the exhibition refers to the technical conditions of time, but also to an additional dimension of time on Earth, which can be interpreted as the time we are called to live upon the earth, or our physical and mortal dimension. The selected artists’ work considers our time on Earth as something temporary and very much based upon the human exploitation of natural sources. The artists selected adopted four approaches that guided the four section of the exhiibition: From Still Life to Object Dematerialization (Giacinto Cerone, Chiara Camoni, Giorgio Di Palma, Giuseppe Ducrot, Chiara Lecca, Matteo Lucca, Giovanni Ruggiero, Francesco Carone); The body as the measurement of time (Francesco Ardini, Silvia Celeste Calcagno); Apocalypse (Luca Freschi, Monika Grycko, Nero/ Alessandro Neretti, Salvatore Arancio, Marino Ficola, Paolo Polloniato, Andrea Salvatori); Spirituality After the Matter (Nicola Boccini, Antonella Cimatti, Mirco Denicolò, Luciano Laghi, Ana Hillar).
In the Earth Time. Italian Guest Pavillion
Gyeonggi Ceramic Biennale
Yeoju Dojasesang (World Ceramic Livingware Gallery)
7, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do Province
22 April – 28 May 2017
curated by : Irene Biolchini
organized and coordinated by: Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza
in collaboration with: Korea Ceramic Foundation
Under the patronage of: Comune di Faenza