Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Picasso, the challenge of ceramic

50 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 - 2 June 2020

The exhibition curated by Harald Theil and Salvador Haro in collaboration with Claudia Casali, plans the exceptional loan of 50 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 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).


The exhibition is part of Picasso Méditerranée:



An initiative from Musée National Picasso-Paris


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Regione Emilia-Romagna, Comune di Faenza, Unione della Romagna Faentina, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna, La BCC – Credito Cooperativo ravennate, forlivese e imolese, SACMI, CAVIRO, Confindustria Ceramica, Banca Generali, HERA. Romagna Acque.


Picasso-Mèditerranée” is an international cultural event which is held from Spring 2017 to the end of 2019. Over seventy cultural institutions have come together to conjure up a programme around the work “obstinément méditerranée”* of Pablo Picasso. Initiated by the Musée national Picasso-Paris, this journey into the creation of the artist and across the places which inspired him, aims at strengthening ties between all the shores (*Jean Leymarie).

The program is available at