MIC – Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza (Ravenna)
from 30 June to 7 October 2018
The MIC museum in Faenza celebrates 80 years of the international competition of contemporary art ceramics – the 60th Premio Faenza – with a special exhibition: 17 international curators have chosen about 60 contemporary artists who work with this material.
The first national edition of the historic prize was held in 1938; in 1964 the initiative became international. The competition has been fundamental to inform the public and the art world about the concept of ceramics as a material for the fine arts and sculpture, as well as crafts.
Over the years the protagonists of the event have been renowned artists like Lucio Fontana, Leoncillo Leonardi, Angelo Biancini, Guido Gambone, Pietro Melandri, Carlo Zauli, and – among the foreigners – Edouard Chapallaz and Sueharu Fukami, personalities that have helped to write the history of ceramics, sculpture and painting in the 20th century.
To celebrate this 60th edition, in 2018 the initiative becomes a major International Contemporary Ceramics Biennial, by invitation, curated by international critics. The exhibits include the most innovative contemporary art research by internationally acclaimed masters and young, emerging talents.
The 17 curators involved have selected 56 artists with an international reputation to map the state of the art in ceramics today. Not just sculptures but also installations and performances.