The Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche (MIC) is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Premio Faenza, an international and biennial competition of ceramic art. As one of the most important contests of its kind in the world, it has been fundamental in raising awareness in the art world and with the public at large of the fact that ceramics can indeed be a noble means for sculptural artistic expression above and beyond its craft-based and utilitarian use. Over the years, the Premio Faenza has been awarded to famous exponents in contemporary art, including Lucio Fontana, Carlo Zauli, Angelo Biancini, Eduard Chapallaz and Sueharu Fukami.

In celebration of the Premio Faenza's 80th anniversary and 60th award, the MIC is hosting a special event. The year 2018 will mark the first invitation-only Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics, for which 55 artists from all over the world have been selected by 17 international curators. From 30 June to 7 October, innovative sculptures, installations and performances involving ceramics will offer the public an overview of the state of the art of ceramics today.

The MIC is dedicated to promoting widespread appreciation of contemporary artistic expression by the new generations in order to infuse the ancient art of ceramics with new lifeblood.