Concept

concept“Best Art Vases” is an itinerant exhibition dedicated to the masterpieces of Italian majolica between 1900 and 1990, which gathers the artworks of Alberto Masetti’s private collection, realized by 27 of the most famous Italian artists and ceramicists. The exhibition is composed of more than 100 vases highlighting the variety and creativity of the ceramic art and sculpture in Italy. Each work in this collection has its own particular historical background and perfectly represents the situation of majolica in Italy, considering its main representatives, such as Giò Ponti, Melandri, Fantoni, Gambone, more sculptural artists like Biancini, Matteucci, the visionary Onestini, Sassi, and other specific ceramicists like Gatti, Tramonti and Zauli.

The exhibition concept expresses a theme dear to Masetti as a collector, a theme with ancient roots. The ceramic vase as the materialization of a primordial gesture: a vital shape moulded in volume by the artist’s own interpretation, constantly alternating full and empty, shape and colour, reflections and roughness, irony and gravity.

This research led him to blend his passion and his being a traveller. The purpose is to share and display, in a possible “world tour”, a specific aspect of Italian creativity, travelling across other contemporary, yet different cultures: Europe, the United Arab Emirates, India, the Middle East, the Unites States. A touring exhibition aimed at bringing people closer thanks to beauty as the universal language for friendship and hope.

The exhibition offers a major selection of art objects which, in the interwar and postwar periods, defined the artistic panorama where many artists became confident with the materiality of clay and used it as a mean of expression to overcome the limits of the academic categories of arts, crafts and design.
Object-elements which recall the eclectic feature of ceramic, in fact a changing and evolving material, at the same time capable of maintaining its original identity and structural quality. In the 20th century, ceramics emancipated from being a minor art and stood out for representing a symbiosis between major arts and decorative arts.