MIC – International Museum of Ceramics (Faenza, Italy)
The International Museum of ceramics in Faenza – MIC offers a complete vision of the ceramic cultures belonging to any age and place. Ceramics coming from the Far East, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Turkey and from South America, allow the visitors to live an extraordinary experience. The Museum was founded in 1908 by Gaetano Ballardini and today it collects and promotes a heritage made up of more than 50.000 works, both ancient and contemporary, all of them exhibited in about 15.000 squared meters wide suggestive architectures. The MIC is a unique exemplar in the world, it is testified by the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, works by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Leger, Burri, Fontana and other great works of art. The MIC is a real ceramic cultural pole, it includes a Historical Library, opened to the public, which preserves more than 70.000 ceramics books and reviews, a Restoration Department, Photographic and Documentary Archives, and since 1913 it has published the magazine Faenza. The educational department “Giocare con l’arte” (Playing with Art), a workshop established by Bruno Munari, plays an important educational role for ceramics and it is linked to the guided tours for children, families, students and people in general. The MIC has been arranging since 1938 the “International Competition of Ceramic Art – Faenza Prize”, one of the most significant and prestigious biennial in the field of contemporary ceramic art; it highlights the new art trends and languages from all over the world. The international relevance of the MIC, its history deeply linked to a town which joins its name with ceramics itself (Faenza – Faïence), the great exhibitions, the meetings, the events devoted to several forms of art, allowed it to be part of the sites selected by UNESCO as place of peace with the acknowledgement “MIC expression of ceramic art in the world”.