One of the most important museums ofceramic art of the world is located at Faenza, in the province of Ravenna.
In its rooms you can admire the works of the workshops of Italian ceramics from Middle Ages until'nineteenth century; of the Near Ancient Orient; of Mediterranean area in Hellenistic period; Pre-Columbian ed Islamic.
A further large section is also dedicated to modern ceramics and contemporary.
Il Museum, starting from the 1963 has led a two year expiration international competition on ceramic art. This allowed him to expand his collected with excellent works from all over the world.
The origin of the Museum began with theInternational Faenza Exhibition, held in the 1908 and dedicated to the third centenary of the birth of Evangelista Torricelli.
The celebration of this prestigious event saw to flow to Faenza the most famous and appreciated artists in the field of applied arts.
It was an extraordinary success e Gaetano Ballardini, creator of the nascent project of the Museum of ceramics, he obviously picked up the fruits and began to place them in the rooms of the former convent of San Maglorio, the first collection of the pottery.
His work of sensitization at private collectors and public bodies managed to get him donations and institutional recognition.
He did not want for the museum only the increase and diversification of the ancient Italian ceramics and abroad, but was also concerned and from the beginning, to establish relations with the technical and training schools Art.
He became a promoter of national exhibitions and international, to found the specialized magazine Faenza. His love and passion for the territory of which he was a son and which he had given so much luster toart of ceramics, pushed him to be the first witness of this century tradition in order to transmit it to future generations.
The identity of the Museum it was therefore recognized in the School of Ceramics, today State Institute of Art for Ceramics G. Ballardini, for the scientific recovery of the ancient ancient techniques of ceramics.
A unique example of its kind, the Museum of Faenza acquired over time more and more prestige, especially at the international level and in the 1926 counted, in addition to antique collections, also a section dedicated to the famous factories of European ceramics and one to the most qualified contemporary potters.
During the Second World War the complex it was heavily bombed; the conflict caused serious damage to its structures; but even then Ballardini, did not lose heart and went back to work by raising funds and raising awareness of the world ofmodern art and at the relevant institutions.
In the 1949 the first ones reopened exhibition halls and it was at that time that love and interest in ceramics of great artists of world renown as Picasso, Casual, Matisse e Chagall, he encouraged them to donate important works to the museum.
In the post-war period, donations of whole began private collections and those that magnificently integrated the already conspicuous heritage, were the collections Merenghi, Benini, Ugolini, Rusconi, until you get to the most recent ones of Cora, Fanfani e Cantagalli.
today Museum boasts a corpus of over 40.000 ceramic finds.
In the 2011 the museum obtained fromUnesco the prestigious recognition of "Monument witness to a culture of peace".
Viale Alfredo Baccarini, 19, 48018 Faenza RA
Phone: 0546 697311