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Civic Museum of Ceramics

The identity of Nove is linked with ceramics. The museum, which gathers the examples of local and regional styles of manufacture from 1600s up until today, has been seen as the common house where the entire history of the community resides. The Civic Museum of Ceramics has been created by the citizens with the awareness of being the keepers of the history of the community. The Civic Museum of Ceramics has been created by the citizens with the awareness of being the keepers of the history of the community. It provides extensive documentation on the variety of styles, patterns and materials used in the production of manufactures from the areas of Nove, Bassano and Vicenza since the seventeenth century and until the present day. The balanced division of exhibits into periods offers a comprehensive vision of both ancient and historical production, as well as the production of famous contemporary artists. Ceramics from famous factories in Venice, Treviso, Este, as well as examples from other regions (Tuscany, Lombardy, Trentino, Liguria) and abroad (Germany, France and the Netherlands) have been presented on display. The presented products are covered with an extreme variety of decorations representative of the main styles. The pride of the collection are the nineteenth century mirrors in the Neo-Rococo style, while the vases built for the Universal Exhibition in the second half of the nineteenth century, with which the talented potters from Nove were able to keep up with the best British, French and German manufacturers, appear magnificent. In the section of contemporary works, stands out the precious collection of ceramics awarded the Prize of the International Exhibition of Ceramics in years 1949-1975, granted as permanent deposit by the Fiera di Vicenza, and which gathers approximately 300 pieces: the works of Italian and foreign artists, some of whom in the meantime become famous. The most prestigious work of this section is the vase with female figures by Pablo Ricasso, dated 1950.
The visit
Meeting the ceramic art here, where it had been created for centuries, allows visitors to immerse themselves in a production process, which experienced artistic and technological evolutions: while walking through the halls of the museum and visiting its three exhibition floors, you can grasp the changes and be amazed by the potential of this material, which we know well, as it is normally present in our homes. The Civic Museum offers activities for both adults and school students of all levels: an original and creative opportunity to enter the world of ceramics. A visit to exhibition halls and educational workshops ensures that the Museum represents a trusted support for teachers, a response to the curiosity and a stimulus to the cultural growth of children and adults.
The history

Since the mid-twentieth century the citizens of Nove expressed a clear intention of providing themselves with a Civic Museum. Since then they began to form a collection of fine ceramics to create a museum collection in the building of the School of Design, later the Royal School of Art and then the College of Art, built according to the will of its generous patron, sculptor Giuseppe De Fabris, the most famous fellow citizen for his artistic stature and civic engagement (Nove, 1790 – Rome, 1860).

The Museum was inaugurated in April 1995, and to date has owned over fourteen hundred works and one hundred were granted as deposit by collectors.

Thursday: from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday and Saturday : from 09:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday and holidays: from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM

€ 4,00 full – price ticket

€ 3,00 reduced – price ticket

Tel. 0424 597550



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