FAENZA, Italy––Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche‘s celebrates 80 years and its 60th edition of the International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art Faenza Prize––a long-lasting and remarkable recognition in the world of contemporary ceramic art.
Featured image: Chen Guanghui, Floating Rock (yellow), 2017, Stoneware, 50 x 65 x 70 cm
The Faenza Prize has represented the works of renowned artists such as Lucio Fontana, Leoncillo Leonardi, Angelo Biancini, Guido Gambone, Pietro Melandri, Carlo Zauli, Eduard Chapallaz, Sueharu Fukami, all of whom catalyzed waves in the history of sculpture and art.
Testifying its aim and essence, the 60th Faenza Prize––for the first time in its history––is presenting an exhibition Ceramics Now! featuring the most significant ceramic art research created by both international masters and young talents.
An international team of 17 curators have selected 55 artists from all over the world to present their works to ensure a wide and complete vision of contemporary ceramics today. This is achieved by not only displaying sculptures, but including multidisciplinary elements like installations and performances
The project of this Biennale has been shared by several art critics who have been working for years, taking into consideration international ceramic competitions and exhibitions. The Faenza Prize is known worldwide and has always been an opportunity for sharing art experiences and stimulate the dialogue – explains Claudia Casali MIC Director – to celebrate this unique goal, all the curators decided to carry on a deep reflection on the meaning of ceramic sculpture today. As I underlined several times, in the latest 15 years ceramics has been showing important results, reaching great objectives. The new generation of artists are working on new experimentations, joining the different art media and materials. It is the aspect that we want to enhance through our work, our convictions and activities.
The exhibition will be flanked by a Congress arranged at MIC by ICMEA, International Association of Editors of Ceramic art, where many artists, curators and journalists will discuss about contemporary ceramics.
Starting in 1938, the prize became a fundamental event for Italian ceramic art until it was opened to international artists in 1964. In 1989, the prize became a biennial event.
Cfile Founder and Editor-in-Chief Garth Clark and Janet Mansfield were the jurors for the 50th Concorso.
This is the first of a two-post series featuring artwork images of those displayed in the Faenza Prize exhibition Ceramics Now!
Text (edited) from MIC.
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Great to see the choice of Brendan Tang in the exhibition.