Unstable Artifices: Ceramics Stories

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Unstable Artifices: Ceramics Stories

September 18, 2020 - January 30, 2021

The exhibition presents a series of experimental pieces exploring the diversity not just of shapes and decors, but also the process of making ceramics. From local productions by the Poteries artistiques de
Monaco (1871-1918) to over 120 pieces by international artists, the exhibition invites visitors on a journey through the history of ceramic art, at the Villa Sauber.

Through an extensive and fascinating selection of pieces, Cristiano Raimondi, the guest curator of this exhibition, has created a scenography that is halfway between a workshop and a curiosity shop, with the aid of two designers, Switzerland’s Adrien Rovero for the tables and Cypriot Michael Anastassiades for the lights produced by Flos. 

“Ceramics are not futile things”, said Paul Gauguin who, having made his first foray into ceramics around 1887, predicted that he would one day be recognised for having raised the practice to an art form. Freed of categorisations, it continued its emancipation into the following century, yet has always questioned its own origins, wondering about the relationship between artwork and commercial good, and striving to delve ever further into the metaphysical aspects of the medium. These musings generate the subtle echoes between pieces that form the basis for this exhibition. 


Guest curator: Cristiano Raimondi
With Les Poteries artistiques de Monaco (1871-1918) and Aaron Angell, Eugène Baudin,
Chiara Camoni, Johan Creten, Albert Diato, Simone Fattal, Ron Nagle, George
Ohr, Pablo Picasso, Brian Rochefort, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess.


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Start: September 18
End: January 31, 2021
Event CategoryExhibition