Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral

Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

organizer: Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka
exhibition conceived by: Margita Cvijetinović
opening: 6 September 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka
the exhibition will remain open until 17 November 2019

With the exhibition “Our Daily Ceramic,” the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka is continuing its tradition of the comprehensive presentation of its inventory, so after clocks, paintings of sailing ships and portraits, it is presenting ceramic items from the Ceramic and Glass Collection – over four hundred functional and decorative items rendered in different ceramic types: maiolica, faïence, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and terracotta. These are items which, in more refined or simpler variants, could be found in every household in the 19th, but also 20th and even 21st centuries, and which are more likely to evoke the memories and aromas of childhood than attract the attention of scholars. And this is precisely why, in the shadow of more artistically and historically significant exponents, their interpretation was often neglected and limited to basic classification data, little to nothing has been written about them and they have almost exclusively been interesting to specialized collectors and ceramic aficionados. But in the light of renewed interest in ceramic, its development and the information that it conveys, regardless of when it was made, we are presenting ceramic items from the “industrial era” from the Museum’s depot.
The Collection’s origins go back to the 1880s, when materials began to be gathered for the museum being established at the time: the Museo Civico, or Civic Museum. The second major gathering drive occurred in 1933/34, when the Sušak Town Museum was established, while the third and final drive occurred just after the end of the Second World War, from 1945 to 1953, when the primary procurement criteria was quantity rather than quality. The most common exponents in the Collection are simple tableware (plates, platters, cups and bowls) adorned in various techniques, mostly produced in English (Davenport, Cardiff, Wedgwood, Coalport, Staffordshire, etc.), German (Meissen, Verandach, Wallerfagen), Austrian (Old Vienna), French (U&G, Sarrequemines), Italian and Czech factories and plants from the end of the 18th to the mid-20th century.
The ceramics from the inventory and select exponents from other Croatian museums and institutions reflect the most significant technological and cultural progress that dictated and directed overall ceramic production, and also ensured the continuity and development of ceramic types from prehistory to the present, twenty thousand years of modification of a single basic form.
After this exhibition, you will certainly never again take for granted the vessels you put on your table, or see in your grandmother’s kitchen, or stumble over in pieces while strolling on a beach in Kvarner.

Potpourri vase, Meissen, 1858
PPMHP 113384

The exhibition “Our Daily Ceramic” will be accompanied by a parallel exhibition:

GRAND TOUR – DISCOVERY OF TRADITIONAL ITALIAN CERAMIC
organizers: AiCC – Associazione Italiana Città della Ceramica and the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka
exhibition conceived by: Jean Blanchaert, Viola Emaldi, Anty Pansera
opening: 6 September 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka
the exhibition will remain open until 17 November 2019

The exhibition “Grand Tour – Discovery of Traditional Italian Ceramic” is a travelling exhibition that presents 40 Italian cities from Apulia to Veneto, from Sicily and Sardinia to Liguria and Piedmont, from Abruzzo to Romagna and Tuscany. The exhibition takes us through Italy – the land of “a hundred campaniles” with “one hundred” styles and “one hundred” colours, to the ceramic centres which even today preserve the tradition and convey the wisdom of centuries of craftsmanship and expertise in the production of the renowned and unique Italian maiolica. The exhibition will showcase replicas of certain historical pieces or products inspired by traditional tastes, from decorative to functional items, created from Antiquity to the late Middle Ages, from the Renaissance to the Rococo, from Neoclassicism to Art Nouveau, Art Deco and contemporary design.

TWINS
organizers: AiCC – Associazione Italiana Città della Ceramica, the Interinova Matulji Association and the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka
exhibition conceived by: Viola Emaldi
opening: 6 September 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka
the exhibition will remain open until 8 September 2019

During the 3rd Ceramics Festival/Matulji Wheel 2019 in the town of Matulji, the exhibition “Twins” will be set up in the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka at which the works of contemporary ceramicists from Rijeka and Faenza will be on display. The artists are Rino Banko, Vesna Barbieri, Dunja Demartini, Ljiljana Fučkor-Grahovac, Mladen Ivančić, Bruno Paladin, Boris Roce, Dijana Trtanj, Ceramica Gatti, FOS Ceramiche, Elvira Keller, Carla Lega, Antonietta Mazzoti, Mira Morigi, Maurizio Russo, and Manfatture Sottosasso.