New exhibition for the section of the Ancient Near East and Egypt of the MIC of Faenza

Enriched with new exhibits, opens January 18, 2020

Inaugurates on January 18, at 5pm, the new section dedicated to the Ancient Near East and Egypt of the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, which has been completely rearranged. The last staging was in 1999.
In addition to renewed exhibition supports and didactic apparatus, the section proposes a notable increase in the collections on display with the recovery of an important piece of the multifaceted ceramic history of the Near East. The works provide new possibilities for cross-cultural storytelling and a deeper understanding of the origins of the millennial history of ceramic art.
New objects will be exhibited from the deposits of the MIC in Faenza for the Palestinian area, and from the MuCiv in Rome through a significant nucleus of ceramics from Iran of the Iron Age (1200-800 B.C.). At the same time, a series of Ancient Egyptian artifacts will return to be admired. “A selection of Ancient Egyptian ceramics from the MIC has been brought closer to the near-eastern nucleus,” explains the conservator of the MIC, Valentina Mazzotti, “which, though fragmentary, are representative of the main productions from the pre-dynastic to the Hellenistic periods. The conspicuous collection of Ancient Egyptian finds had been displayed until the 1990s alongside Islamic fragments donated in the pre-war period by the orientalist Frederick Robert Martin”.
The rearrangement of the section of the Ancient Near East and Egypt was also accompanied by a general redefinition of the didactic apparatus, edited for the graphic part by Studio Manzi e Zanotti. This new didactic system has allowed a clearer contextualization of the exhibits and of the cultures of reference through the predisposition of geographic-cultural maps and time lines, which allow to place the most salient historical-artistic stages of the various civilizations and to create a profitable comparison between them in order to grasp the moments of parallel genesis. Moreover, with the help of the students of the Liceo Artistico per il Design of Faenza, coordinated by professors Massimo Piani and Laura Dalmonte, it was possible to propose the graphic reconstruction of the reference forms of some finds from Mesopotamia, Iran, Anatolia and Egypt in order to better understand the morphological reading of the fragments.
The “Guide to the Ancient Near East and Egypt” (EMIL edition) was published with the participation of Gabriella Manna of the Museum of Civilizations (MuCiv) in Rome for the reconstruction of the collecting aspects; Paola D’ Amore, formerly in charge of the Museum of Oriental Art “G. Tucci” Museum of Oriental Art in Rome, now part of the MuCiv, for the productions of Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Iran; Stefano Anastasio from the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio of Florence for the Palestinian ceramics and Federica Facchetti from the Egyptian Museum of Turin for the Ancient Egyptian nucleus. It was the subject of a previous exhibition in 1999, accompanied by an in-depth catalog, again edited by experts from the Museum of Rome.

The exhibition supports have been enhanced with the support of Contemporanea Cantieri for the increase in the number of showcases and of ILTI LUCE for the preparation of the LED lighting system inside the showcases and of the educational panels outside.

January 18, 2020, MIC Faenza, viale Baccarini 19, inauguration at 5pm, free entrance, info: 0546 697311, The inauguration will be preceded by a brief introduction by the curators in the Conference Room of the MIC.

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