Artifices instables – Stories of ceramics


Nouveau Musée National de Monaco / Mousse Publishing
Bilingual français / anglais
408 pages
Softcover, 16,5 x 24 cm
ISBN : 978-2-492121-00-5

Foreword(s) : HRH The Princess of Hanover
Text(s) : Marie-Claude Beaud, Cécilia Canziani, Valérie Da Costa, Chus Martínez, Cristiano Raimondi, Agnès Roux

50 €

Co-edited by the NMNM and Mousse Publishing, this publication completes the exhibition Artifices instables, Stories of ceramics presented at Villa Sauber. 

Taking as its starting point the creation of the first Ceramic Art Workshop of Monaco in the second half of the nineteenth century, the book portrays some of the leading figures in the Principality’s ceramic history—the Fischers, Eugène Baudin, and Albert Diato—and creates bridges and resonances with numerous artists, among them Johan Creten, Simone Fattal, George Ohr, Ron Nagle, Pablo Picasso, and Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, some of whom may be distant in space and time, but nevertheless share deep connections and unexpected complicities.

Featuring more than two hundred pieces, the project escapes the well-trodden art historical narratives that keep ceramics at the margins of the arts, and instead pays tribute to the medium and investigates it as a heterogeneous material capable of narrating multiple histories.

The book gathers more than a century of visions that this malleable medium has inspired, and mirrors ceramic artists in its aspiration to provoke a shift in perspective.

This abundantly illustrated bilingual (French – English) publication gathers texts by Cecilia Canziani, Valérie Da Costa, Chus Martínez, Cristiano Raimondi and Agnès Roux.

Curator: Cristiano Raimondi

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