One of the most important museums byceramic 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 Fernando, 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, obviously collected the fruits and began to place 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 also, from the beginning, was concerned with establishing relationships with the technical training schools and 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 the son and which had given so much luster to theart 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 Fernando it was therefore recognized in the School of Ceramics, today G. Ballardini State Institute of Art for Ceramics, 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 precisely in that period that the love and interest in ceramics of great world famous artists such 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 Fernando boasts a corpus of over 40.000 ceramic finds.
In 2011 the museum obtained from theUnesco the prestigious recognition of "Monument witnessing a culture of peace".
Viale Alfredo Baccarini, 19, 48018 Faenza RA
Phone: 0546 697311