20th anniversary of the Carlo Zauli Museum
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Carlo Zauli is today regarded as one of the most important sculptural ceramists of the 20th century.

On 14 January 2002, exactly 20 years ago, Carlo Zauli died at the end of a long illness that had kept him away from his artistic research for some years.

Born in Faenza on 20 August 1926, Zauli, after having hoped to become a professional footballer, having completed all his art studies at the Ceramic Institute and having been deported to Nazi labour camps for a year, became a ceramist, opening his own workshop in 1949.

After winning the main awards dedicated to ceramic art in the 1950s, the early 1960s saw him evolve towards a markedly sculptural interpretation of his craft. In these years he matured his own artistic language, imbued with informal atmospheres intertwined with a harmonious yet disruptive 'naturalness': these were the years of his growing international success.

From 1958, the year in which the large high-reliefs for the palace in Baghdad and the Kuwait State Printing House were realised, he saw his fame grow steadily until, in the 1970s and 1980s, he travelled all over Europe, Japan and North America, where he realised exhibitions and placed permanent works.

A few months after his death, the Museo Carlo Zauli was inaugurated in Faenza. At the behest of the family, the administration and many private partners, it made public the cultural heritage of the Maestro's studio-atelier, and still stands today as a reference point for knowledge and in-depth study of his artistic career.

Zauli does not ask what artistic form should be introduced into the world, but what world to create with forms, or at any rate what form to give to the world. In relation to this, cultural categories and hierarchies vanish, any representative hypothesis vanishes, the mythology of the object disappears. What remains in its singular and poignant simplicity is the event of life, the living of men and their inexhaustible will to make their own world, with earth, water and fire.

biography of carlo zauli

MCZ Collection

MCZ Collection

Carlo Zauli General Archive

Carlo Zauli General Archive

20th anniversary calendar

The year 2022 sees the Carlo Zauli Museum embarking on an intensive programme of events, exhibitions, workshops and activities to celebrate this important anniversary.



Comune di Faenza | Regione Emilia Romagna | AiCC Associazione Italiana Città della Ceramica |  Fondazione Banca del Monte e Cassa di Risparmio Faenza  | Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna  | Servizio Patrimonio Culturale della Regione Emilia-Romagna  |  Associazione Amici della Ceramica e del MIC  | CNA Faenza  | Podere La Berta

The 20th anniversary logo and guiding image were created by Beatrice Bassi.

For more information on cataloguing, contact the Administration Office, or consult the website of: Institute for Artistic and Cultural Heritage of Emilia Romagna.
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