The exhibition, curated by Nino Caruso and Mariastella Margozzi, wants for the first time to present a full path of the Italian ceramic sculpture from the fifties to the present, considering sixsty artists and 180 ceramic artworks divided into three ” generations ”, who have dedicated themselves in their activities exclusively to the medium of ceramics, enriching their search for continuous technical and formal experimentation.
In fact, as a natural development of the art of decorating items and objects of everyday life, ceramists-artists have linked their familiarity with the technique to always new experiments, which have brought this particular genre to compete in all respects with the sculpture more traditional from the technical point of view.
Creativity is, in the field of ceramic sculpture, primarily associated with the characteristics of the materials and their firing and then iconographic and stylistic ideas that distinguish each artist in a clear-cut.
The panorama of ceramic sculpture in Italy as in the rest of the world is very broad and includes artists of great stature. In Italy in particular, what we have called ” one generation ” was formed at the school of the great Leoncillo Leonardi and has also taken into account the lessons of Arturo Martini, Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti. From these artists, who brought fame to a genre considered minor, ceramics was raised to sculptural language and this was the legacy that has been passed to a thick next generation.
The genre, which has continued to affect subsequent generations, that you have brought new language major, also testifies in current vitality of an ancient tradition.