Touring Shaping the Future Exhibition opens in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Posted on May 2018

The around Europe touring Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition opened on Tuesday May 15th for the sixth time, this time at the Narodni Muzej Slovenije – National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana.

Opening guests at the exhibition. (c) Priska Falin

Opening at the National Museum of Slovenia

The opening started with a speech from Barbara Ravnik, the director of the National Museum of Slovenia and her speech was followed by Wilhelm Siemen, the director of Porzellanikon and the leader of the Ceramics and its Dimensions project. He spoke about the importance of European collaboration and that one of the important missions of the project is to take ceramics into the future. “We want to show people that ceramics in everywhere in our lives” he stated.

Professor Maarit Mäkelä giving her opening speech. (c) Priska Falin

Professor Maarit Mäkelä, the leader of Emprica research group and the Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future sub-project, spoke in her opening speech about how future is built together with students, teachers, professors and professionals. This is also one of the reasons why their works are shown side by side in the exhibition. She ended her speech with an invitation: “Via this exhibition I invite you to co-envision with the exhibiting artists and designers how the intersection of different fields – in this case art, craft, design and technology – might overlap productively in the future, especially in the context of ceramics.” Finally Damjana Pečnik, the State secretary at Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, opened the exhibition.

Doctoral candidate and the co-ordinator of the Shaping the Future exhibition Priska Falin setting up the exhibition. (c) Maarit Mäkelä

The Ceramics and its Dimensions – Future Lights in Ceramics winners that have been traveling with the exhibition since Portadown (NI) are also this time on view next to the exhibition in Ljubljana. The next Future Lights competition will be held at Kilkenny Castle (UK) in September 2018.

IV International Ceramic Triennial UNICUM 2018

At the same time with the Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition the fourth International Ceramic Triennial UNICUM 2018 is organised at the museum. The triennial exhibition opened on May 18th and will be open until September 30th 2018.

National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (c) Priska Falin

The prestigious competitive exhibition puts on display the latest trends in contemporary artistic ceramics. An international jury of experts has selected 77 works of art from artists from all over the world to compete for notable awards. The aim of the UNICUM Triennial is to present the contemporary developments of artistic ceramics around the world and the diversity of artistic approaches. The triennial is accompanied by numerous events and exhibitions organised throughout Slovenia and dedicated to artistic ceramic.

Tour ends in Prague later this year

The Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition, produced and curated by Empirica Research group from Aalto ARTS, has been on view in five different cities around Europe during one and a half years: Fiskars (Finland), Selb (Germany), Portadown (Northern Ireland), Stoke-on-Trent (UK) and Berlin (Germany).  Ljubljana is the sixth city where the exhibition is on display. The seventh and last venue of the exhibition will be at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, where the exhibition will open in the beginning of September. The exhibition is partly funded by the Creative Europe programme of EU.

Professor Maarit Mäkelä being interviewed by the local media before the opening in Ljubljana. (c) Priska Falin

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future
Touring exhibition

National Museum of Slovenia
Muzejska ulica 1
Ljubljana, Slovenia

May 16th – July 31st 2018
Daily from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursdays to 8 pm.
In SUMMER (from June 1 to September 30)
Daily from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 am to 10 pm.

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