The golden age of ceramics, a parallel story

CRITICAL – This art which comes from prehistory has not always had the honors of institutions. The Museum of Modern Art in Paris celebrates it with 350 astonishing works.

It is always difficult, even risky, to trace the history of ceramics in an exhibition, whether it is long, diverse, sharp, beautiful or strange. In 2016, Sèvres, the Red House of the collector Antoine de Galbert in Paris and the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht (Netherlands) presented, via the two pioneers Camille Morineau and Lucia Pesapane, “Ceramix, from Rodin to Schütte”, an exhibition in two times and three places. Thanks to loans from major museums, the Museo internazionale della ceramica in Faenza at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London at the Petit Palais in Paris, and passionate collectors, this walk in the subject showed 250 works and 100 artists from of 25 nationalities that highlighted the relationship between art and ceramics in the twentieth centurye and XXIe centuries. The subject is far from being exhausted.

Lucio Fontana Spatial concept, circa 1955 Terracotta D. 50 cm Larock-Granoff collection. Collection Larock-Granoff, Paris / © ADAGP, Paris 2021

The Musée d’art moderne de Paris (MAM) has already highlighted the ceramic work of Lucio Fontana in his beautiful retrospective in 2014: his

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