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29.05.2018

Shaping the Future opens in its sixth venue: the National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana

Opening at the National Museum of Slovenia IV International Ceramic Triennial UNICUM 2018

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition opened on 15 May 2018 for the sixth time, this time at the Narodni Muzej Slovenije – National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana.

Opening at the National Museum of Slovenia

The opening started with a speech from Barbara Ravnik, the director of the National Museum of Slovenia. 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 is everywhere in our lives" he stated.

Professor Maarit Mäkelä, the leader of 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.

The Future Lights 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 18 May and will be open until 30 September 2018.

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. Among them are also works from Rhiannon Ewing-James (Future Light in Ceramics 2017) and Weronika Lucińska (Future Light in Ceramics 2018). 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 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.

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future Touring exhibition  

National Museum of Slovenia
Muzejska ulica 1
Ljubljana, Slovenia

16 May – 31 July 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.