Exhibition: Italian Ceramic Sculpture after WW2

by A Marr & Associates Media

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

28 June 2014 – 1 February 2015

The exhibition explores Arturo Martini’s heritage and talks along generations with an international reflection on ceramics as  whole. The material that is part of the several artistic languages of the 20th century that involves foreign artists who influenced the national artistic production.
The exhibition starts with works by Asger Jorn, Albert Diato, Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, leoncillo Leonardi, Nanni Valentini, to explore the most contemporary Luigi Ontani, Mimmo Paladino, Bertozzi & Casoni, and others.

©Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

©Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

The movements explored are Neo-cubism, Informal, Minimalism, Conceptual and Figurative Arts; they offer a new gaze on art focusing on the fundamental role of Italy. The goal is to follow the main steps of ceramic sculpture through the people who changed its perception, thanks to innovative and extraordinary ideas.
For the first time, the great protagonists who changed the ideas behind ceramic sculpture are exhibited all together and the story concerning aesthetic innovation and new languages, is documented in a fascinating catalogue.
Contemporary ceramic art is now a privileged means of expression and, today more than ever, is a point of reference for a large part of young artistic production.
Claudia Casali, MIC Director declares: “the exhibition dedicated to Arturo Martini, opened in Autumn 2013 at the MIC Faenza and in Palazzo Fava, Bologna, was a source of inspiration for the historical-artistic evolution of ceramic art after the Second World War. Mainly in the last years of his intense creativity, the artist from Treviso offered ideas accepted both by his pupils and by the later generation. Works of art linked to informal art, Neo-cubism, abstract sculpture, were faced, also from a theoretical point of view, in Martini’s last famous pamphlet Scultura lingua morta (sculpture, a dead language), published in 1945”.


The exhibition is arranged thanks to the fundamental support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna, and coordinated by an exceptional Scientific Committee: Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, Superintendent Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome; Luigi Ficacci, Superintendent PSAE Bologna; Cecilia Chilosi, expert of ceramic art from Liguria; Flaminio Gualdoni, critic and art historian, teacher at Brera Academy of Fine Arts; Nico Stringa, art historian, teacher at Università Cà Foscari in Venice, Claudia Casali, Director of MIC in Faenza.