The dish is one of the first objects ever imagined and crafted by man. Since Antiquity, its shape – in its prefection – has barely changed. A living object, at the heart of rituals and encounters, the dish stands alongside cave walls as one of the first surfaces upon which artists etched their concerns, their stories and their talent.
Present in every culture, the dish has inspired every age. In 1993, Joan Gardy Artigas kept this millenary tradition alive, inviting painters, sculptors and poets the world over to impress their creativity on this dishes at the Josep Llorens Artigas Foundation... an institution established in honor of the famous Catalonian ceramist who would transform the popular craft and tradition of Western ceramics into an art.
Nearly twenty years later, thanks to the creative spirit of these thirty artists, the savoir-faire of the Artigas Foundation and the support of Valmont, this exhibition once again comes to life in Venice.
The J. Llorens Artigas fondation has been established in 1989 to the memory of the famous potter Josep Llorens Artigas by Joan Gardy Artigas, his sculptor son, to defend the memory of his work and to encourage artistic vocations, education, culture and art. Josep Llorens Artigas et Joan Gardy Artigas have been collaborating with Joan Miró in all his ceramic works and some of his bronze sculptures. Both father and son have lived in Paris; Artigas father from the 20´s, being friend with Braque, Picasso and Buñuel...
Gardy Artigas from the 60´s to the 90´s, working with Chagall, Braque and Giacometti. The Artigas Foundation Head Quarter has been designed by the famous American architect Bruce Graham, from S.O.M. Chicago, to allow all kind of artistic works, ceramics, sculpture, painting, etching. The spaces habitually hosts selected artists from different countries. The foundation organizes exhibitions, concerts, conferences and meetings between art critics, professors et personalities of art and culture, creating a climate of creativity and open mindness.
The Foundation art studio provides artists with special equipment for ceramic production, like a big wood Japanese kilns (noborigama and anagama) and a gas kiln. Also a library specialized on arts of all over the world and specially on ceramics, with a lots of technical books, lots of them written by J. Llorens Artigas himself.
The purpose of the Llorens Artigas Foundacion is to improve the use and the knowledge of ceramic by contemporary artists, thus contributing to the progress of art and the perception of culture.