The Preservation of Memory in the Art of Ceramics
(International Museum of Ceramics, Faenca)

Italian majolica, 16th until 19th centuries
(Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade)

February 12th - March 12th, 2008

Museum of Applied Art took part last year as one of the partners in an international project Adriatic Ceramics System, in frames of Adriatic New Neighbourhood Programme INTERREG, financed by European Uninon.

The aim of the project, apart from organizing an exhibition , is to develop and promote the knowledge of historical and cultural heritage of the production of ceramics in Italy and the neighbouring Balkan Peninsula. There are several different activities within the Project, from creation of a database of ceramic artefacts and bibliographical references from the Adriatic region, conservation and restoration of ceramics, registration of objects with ceramic decoration and ceramic sculpures exhibited in the open area, to the presentation and publication of the results received in the process of creating this collective exhibition.

Project Adriatic Ceramics System is ending with exhibition entitled The Preservation of Memory in the Art of Ceramics which will be held in Museums in Faenca and Grotagglie in Italy, as well as in Zagreb and Belgade Museums during the first half of the year 2008. The exhibition consists of 40 artefacts ( 10 from each of the four Museums) accompanied by text panels that inform us of local pottery production of each region. The Head of the project is International Museum of Ceramics in Faenca, Italy, and apart from the Museaum of Applied Art in Belgrade, this project includes Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb.

In the honour of the visiting exhibition from Italy , the Museum of Applied Art is organizing the exhibition entitled Italian majolica, 16th until 19th centuries. This would be an excellent moment for the Museum to introduce to its audience the outstanding collection of Italian majolica that posseses. The collection comprises plates, bowls, jugs, alberellos, hydrias, ceramic tiles... altogether 30 pottery artefacts, manufactured in famous Italian pottery centres from sixteenth till nineteenth century(Deruta, Montelupo, Venise, Faenca, Rome, Ferrara, Doccia). The exhibition is followed by special catalogue by MA Milice Kri┼żanac, curator of MAA , and the realisation of this project is beeing suported by Italian Cultural Centre in Belgrade.

Exhibition coordinator: Milica Kri┼żanac, MA curator, Ceramics, Porcelain and Glass Department