International Museum of Ceramics
The International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza hosts the encounter between the ceramic cultures of every time and place. This is witnessed by works from the Far East, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Turkey, South America, which involve the visitor allowing him to live a unique experience. Founded in 1908 by Gaetano Ballardini, the museum today preserves and promotes a heritage of over 60,000 works, both ancient and contemporary, exhibited in suggestive museum spaces that cover an area of over 15,000 square meters. The Museum is unique on the national and international scene, as evidenced by the incomparable Italian Renaissance masterpieces, the works of Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Leger, Burri, Fontana and countless other examples of excellence.
The MIC hosts a Historical Library, open to the public, a Restoration Laboratory, Photographic and Documentary Archives and since 1913 it has published the specialist magazine of Faenza ceramics. The educational activities of the museum are carried out by the Didactic Laboratory Playing with ceramics , founded by Bruno Munari. Since 1938, MIC has been organizing the “International Competition of Art Ceramics - Faenza Award, one of the most prestigious biennials of ceramic art in the world. For its characteristics of excellence, UNESCO has recognized the museum as "MIC, expression of ceramic art in the world".