International Biennial of Contemporary Art Ceramics
The sixtieth edition of the Faenza Prize, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Ceramics Competition, inaugurated in 1938, was conceived as a curatorial exhibition, by invitation only, that exhibited the best of current artistic research. For the occasion, it was decided to suspend the competition, in favour of a reflection on the meaning of ceramic sculptural research and the perspectives of contemporary ceramics.
17 international curators, from different backgrounds, but with important experience in contemporary ceramic art, have selected 54 artists, among internationally renowned masters and young talents, with the aim of offering a panorama of the state of the international ceramic art today, not only sculpture but also, and above all, installation and performance projects.
List of curators: Sandra Benadretti (France), Irene Biolchini (Italy), Luca Bochicchio (Italy), Claudia Casali (Italy), Shu-ling Chiang (Taiwan), Monica Gass (Germany), Wendy Geers (South Africa), Grant Gibson (UK), Tomokazu Hirai (Japan), Jacques Kaufmann (Switzerland), Torbjørn Kvasbø (Norway), Alessandra Laitempergher (Netherlands), Elaine Olafson Henry (USA), Jelena Popović (Serbia), Urmas Puhkam (Estonia), Vittorio Amedeo Sacco (Italy), Marco Tonelli (Italy).
The exhibition, part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and included among the celebrations of the 50th Europe Faenza Prize, was organized thanks to the support of Regione Emilia-Romagna, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna, Fondazione Banca del Monte and Cassa di Risparmio Faenza, CAVIRO, a leading wine group in Italy, and under the patronage of Provincia di Ravenna, Comune di Faenza, International Academy of Ceramics – AIC , International Council of Museums – ICOM.
The works were exhibited at the MIC from 30 June to 14 October.