• © Jessica Harrison, Painted Lady 4, 2014
  • © Katsumata Chieko, Akoda, 2014
  • © Ai Weiwei, Dropping the urn, 2006.
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News - 10/03/2016 - Article : Barbara Fecchio

Art and ceramics
From Rodin to Shütte

Starting Wednesday March 9th, the exhibition CERAMIX opens for three months in two different locations: at the Maison rouge in Paris and at the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres. The exhibition explores the relationships between art and ceramic during the XXth and XXIst centuries and gathers 250 works of art from both public and private collections. With the creations of 100 artists from 25 different countries, it is the first exhibition focusing on this topic so extensively, both chronologically and geographically.

« Rodin, porcelain manufacturer: it sounds like a paradox » 1

Too often associated to a craft, ceramics were considered for a long time as a “minor art”, at least until the beginning of the XXth century, when Auguste Rodin and Paul Gauguin started using this material in a totally innovating way, revolutionizing the art of sculpture. CERAMIX starts there and takes us to today, punctuating the journey with a themed scenography leading visitors to different entrances. From the tradition of Italian ceramics, the Japenese Sodeisha movement or the 1960s Funk Art, to Land Art and ceramics as a tool for social and political criticism, CERAMIX examines the continuity of the use of this material throughout the history of modern and contemporary sculpture.

The exhibition aims at exploring all the possibilities ceramic has to offer, at providing a new perspective on “earth exposed to fire”, and at showing how artists have experimented with this material.

In collaboration with the Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht

Sèvres – Cité de la céramique
2, place de la Manufacture
92310 Sèvres (France)
Tél. : +33(0)1 46 29 22 00
Everyday from 10am to 5pm, except Tuesdays, May 1st.

La maison Rouge
10, boulevard de la Bastille
75012 Paris
tel. +33(0) 1 40 01 08 81
Everyday except Tuesdays from 11am to 7pm
Late nights Thursday until 9pm except May 1st

  1. R. Escholier, « L’Exposition de la Porcelaine française moderne au musée Galliera », L’Art décoratif, n°107, august 1907, p.45.