“From the Bolesławiec clay. An exhibition of the Polish Association of Ceramic Municipalities” – a series of exhibitions in Italy
In 2016, the Museum in cooperation with the Polish Association of Ceramic Municipalities carried out a project entitled “Z bolesławieckiej gliny. Wystawa Stowarzyszenia Gmin Ceramicznych Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej”/ „Dall’argilla di Bolesławiec. Mostra dall’Associazione dei Comuni della Ceramica della Repubblica di Polonia”/ „From the Bolesławiec clay. An exhibition of the Polish Association of Ceramic Municipalities” in which 27 Bolesławiec ceramics producers and four companies supporting the local ceramic industry from the Bolesławiec district were involved.
As part of the project, the Museum prepared an exhibition at which several hundred ceramic products were presented. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue in Polish, Italian and English. It was the first such extensive presentation of contemporary Bolesławiec ceramics in the post-war history of the city. So far, the exhibition has been shown in:
“Archaeology of the Bolesławiec district” – Museum of the Krkonoše National Park in Vrchlabí (Czech Republic)
The exhibition showing the oldest history of the Bolesławiec region, from the Lusatian culture to modern ceramics, was presented at the Museum of the Krkonoše National Park in Vrchlabí in May-August 2018. Its main part comprised vessels and auxiliary equipment excavated at the Lusatian urn burial ground in Nowa (Commune of Bolesławiec). In addition, a treasure of bronze artefacts from the Lusatian culture period discovered in Stara Oleszna (Commune of Bolesławiec) was presented. There were also exhibits found in the Olszanica village (Commune of Zagrodno) that come from the fortress of a robber-knight nicknamed Black Christopher, e.g. ceramic vessels, horseshoes and armaments typical of the late Middle Ages. Modern ceramic vessels were represented by finds from the excavation conducted at Piaskowa St in Bolesławiec. This part included pots, jugs, bottles, bowls and pharmacy containers of various sizes.
The exhibition was prepared under the Polish-Czech cross-border project entitled “Cooperation of museums for the development of museum education in the Polish-Czech border area”.
“Ceramics from Bolesławiec in Hrádek nad Nisou” – Centrum Brána Trojzemí, Hrádek n. Nisou (Czech Republic)
The exhibition of the latest ceramic design from Bolesławiec was presented at the Centrum Brána Trojzemí in June-October 2018. It included several hundred ceramic products representing the latest proposals of ceramic forms and decorations developed in plants located in the Bolesławiec district. The project involved 23 ceramic manufacturers.
The exhibition was prepared under the Polish-Czech cross-border project entitled “Hradek n/N. and Bolesławiec on the route of ancient crafts”.
“Bolesławiec ceramics – beginnings + modernity” – Silesian Museum in Görlitz (Germany)
In July 2013, the Silesian Museum in Görlitz opened an exhibition entitled “Bolesławiec ceramics – beginnings + modernity”. It combined two exhibitions previously presented at the Museum of Ceramics: “At the origins of Bolesławiec ceramics” and “Bolesławiec ceramics on the road to modernity”. After exhibitions in Berlin (1986), Nuremberg (2004) and Bolesławiec (2012-13), it was the largest presentation of Bolesławiec ceramics in Europe.
The exhibition consisted of two parts. The first presented the most important archaeological discovery in Bolesławiec in the last 120 years – exhibits excavated on the oldest modern pottery site examined so far in the city. In addition to the results of the archaeological investigation carried out in 2007 by the Museum and the Institute of Archeology of the University of Wrocław, this part also included a unique collection of richly decorated 17th-century vessels, i.e. the so-called “Bolesławiec treasure” acquired with the financial support of businesses operating in the city and district.
The second part presented ceramic exhibits created in Bolesławiec factories and the Vocational School of Ceramics in the 1st half of the 20th century. Visitors could see the products made at the factories of Hugo and Ernst Reinhold, Robert Burdack, Julius Paul, Carl Werner and Alfred Seiffert as well as the works by teachers and students of the School of Ceramics. They represented a wide range of forms and decorations, reflecting the avant-garde trends prevailing in the art of that time: from Art Nouveau and Japanese influences through Art Deco and Modernism to the return to folk traditions enforced after 1933.
Due to the project scale, several dozen museums from different European countries were involved in its implementation. The exhibition was accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue in Polish and German.
The exhibition was prepared by the Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec and the Silesian Museum in Görlitz as part of the Polish-German cross-border project entitled “Modern museum – attractive cross-border education”.
The Museum of Ceramics also rents exhibits for collective thematic exhibitions organized by museums and other institutions throughout Europe. In 2015-2019, exhibits from Bolesławiec were presented in the following places::
“Jewellery and precious stones from the collection of the Museum of the Bohemian Paradise in Turnov”
In May and June 2019, the City History Department hosted the exhibition “Jewellery and precious stones from the collection of the Museum of the Bohemian Paradise in Turnov”. The exhibits illustrated the process of transformation of raw stones into unique jewellery. Visitors could see the 19th-century traditional garnet jewellery, works made at a craft school and original contemporary jewellery created during international workshops held in Turnov regularly since 1984.
The exhibition has been prepared by the Museum of the Bohemian Paradise in Turnov as part of the Polish-Czech cross-border project entitled “Gateway to the world of collections”.
“Winter sports in the Karkonosze Mountains”
In December and January 2018, the “Winter sports in the Karkonosze Mountains” exhibition was on display in the City History Department. It consisted of dozens of ethnographic exhibits related to the development of winter sports practised on the Karkonosze slopes before World War II. They included both winter equipment of people living in the mountains used by the first “athletes” and professional sports gear. Among others, visitors could see horn sleighs, different models of old bobsleds and ski prototypes with various types of poles.
The exhibition has been prepared by the Museum of the Krkonoše National Park in Vrchlabí as part of the Polish-Czech cross-border project entitled “Cooperation of museums for the development of museum education in the Polish-Czech border area”.
“Painted furniture from the Giant Mountains”
From June to July 2018, the exhibition “Painted furniture from the Karkonosze Mountains” was on display in the City History Department. It presented several dozen traditional wooden furniture made between the 1870s and 1850s. This type of furniture was one of the most valuable household equipment. The rich painted decoration reflected the variety of traditional decorative motifs typical of the Karkonosze and Podkarkonosze regions. The hallmark of folk furniture from that area is a bright blue background, on which white patterns imitating marble were applied. On the prepared background, fields were arranged in which images of burghers and nobility, figures of saints, flower bouquets, birds, horses as well as landscapes with chapels and roadside crosses were painted.
The exhibition was prepared by the Museum of the Krkonoše National Park in Vrchlabí as part of the Polish-Czech cross-border project entitled “Cooperation of museums for the development of museum education in the Polish-Czech border area”.
“Grand Tour della Ceramica Classica Italiana”
From August to October 2018, the exhibition “Grand Tour della Ceramica Classica Italiana” was presented in the Museum. It included dozens of vessels representing the craft of the most famous Italian ceramic centres: Albisola Superiore, Albissola Marina, Ariano Irpino, Ascoli Piceno, Assemini, Bassano del Grappa, Burgio, Caltagirone, Castellamonte, Cava de Tirreni, Castelli, Cerreto Sannita, Civita Castellana, Derivita , Faenza, Grottaglie, Gualdo Tadino, Gubbio, Impruneta, Laterza, Laveno Mombello, Lodi, Mondovì, Montelupo Fiorentino, Napoli-Capodimonte, Nove, Oristano, Orvieto, Pesaro, San Lorenzello, Santo Stefano di Camastra, Sciacca, Squesto Fiore, Urbania and Vietri sul Mare. Each of them presented contemporary ceramics based on historical designs or inspired by ancient works. These ceramic hallmarks of each region were also an example of Italian craftsmanship.
The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Italian Association of Cities of Ceramics (AiCC), the European Association of Cities of Ceramics (AEiCC) and the Italian-Polish Association in Salerno and the Province (A.I.P.SA.P.). The exhibition’s curator was Viola Emaldi, director of ITS – Tonito Emiliani di Faenza – Istituto Tecnico Superiore per sviluppo, sostenibilità e Design del prodotto ceramico.
“Magic of Italian ceramics”
From August to September 2017, the Museum and the Polish Association of Ceramic Municipalities presented results of the international project “Magic of Italian ceramics” carried out in cooperation with the Italian coastal commune of ceramic traditions – Vietri sul Mare. The design of the products made there was strongly influenced by an artist of Polish origin – Irene Kowaliska who came to the Amalfi Coast in the 1930s and developed a recognizable naif vietrese style that still inspires local ceramists. As part of the cooperation, an exhibition of colourful Italian majolica from 18 workshops currently operating in Vietri sul Mare and continuing ancient traditions was prepared. In addition, two catalogues were issued: Irene Kowaliska. W micie śródziemnomorskim / Nel mito del Mediterraneo and Stoviglierie Vietresi. Magia włoskiej ceramiki. Naczynia z Vietri sul Mare. The exhibition was also presented at the Italian Institute of Culture in Krakow from July to August 2017.