Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Picasso, the challenge of ceramic

60 unique pieces from the collections of the Musée Picasso in Paris to tell the creative thought of the Spanish artist towards clay

1 November 2019 - 12 April 2020

The exhibition curated by Harald Theil and Salvador Haro in collaboration with Claudia Casali and Valentina Mazzotti, plans the exceptional loan of 60 unique works of art from the collections of the Musée National Picasso-Paris. It is a corpus of works of inestimable value that faces the whole creative experience of the Spanish artist carried on with the ceramic material.

The exhibition in Faenza faces, for the first time, Picasso’s sources of inspiration just starting from his works in Faenza. The classic ceramics (black and red figures), the Etruscan bucchero wares, the popular Spanish and Italian ceramics, the Italian “graffito” (incised decoration) of the 15th century.  The iconography of the Mediterranean area (fishes, fancy animals, owls and birds) and the earthenware of the Mesoamerican cultures will be the protagonists of a fruitful and unique dialogue. A special section is devoted to the relation between Picasso and Faenza, represented through the exposition of documents and photographs never exhibited before and belonging to the historic Archives of the MIC.

The rich didactic and photographic materials will be supported by an historic video by Luciano Emmer made in 1954 (Picasso in Vallauris).

This exhibition, unique in this field, is part of the project «Picasso – Méditerranée», started in 2017 that joins a network of several European museums and is coordinated by the Musée Picasso in Paris. It has the goal to offer an original program of exhibitions, congresses and events until 2020.

Starting from 2017, more than forty exhibitions have been planned including monographic, thematic exhibitions and dialogues with other artists. About one hundred institutions have been involved to show the multidisciplinary characteristics and extraordinary creativity of a unique artist, a real protagonist of the 20th century. The exhibition arranged at MIC will be the last venue of the project.


The exhibition is part of Picasso Méditerranée:



An initiative from Musée National Picasso-Paris


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With the patronage of the municipality of Faenza


Picasso Méditerranée

“Picasso-Mediterranean” highlights the rich ties between the artist and the Mediterranean, in the broadest sense, with a vibrant, multifaceted and multidisciplinary cultural program from 2017 to 2019. Today the project involves 70 institutions in nine countries. The Picasso-Paris National Museum is the driving force behind this journey through the artist’s work and the places that inspired him, offering an unprecedented cultural experience that seeks to forge closer ties between the two shores.

The program is available at