EXHIBITIONS: IAC and swissceramics

Cage d’escalier monumentale du Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel (MahN) / Photo Stefano Iori


IAC and swissceramics


For the 70th anniversary of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), the Ariana Museum is devoting three exhibitions to it: one to its members and two to its history. A fourth exhibition organised by the IAC will take place at the prestigious Palais des Nations of the UN. At the same time, the swissceramics association is organising a national exhibition in two locations, the Château de Nyon and the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel, thus presenting an image of the current Swiss ceramics scene.

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Musée Ariana


13.09.2022 – 19.03.2023


Curator: Hanspeter Dähler

Through the transfer of know-how, transhumance and multiculturalism, clay brings people together and breaks down borders. Footprints in the sand, bundles, doner kebabs, chrysalises, funeral boats or porcelain huts: the exhibition of IAC members immerses us into the heart of unusual journeys, life trajectories and intercultural exchanges.

Featuring the artwork of Montserrat Altet Girbau, Lia Bagrationi, Heidi Bjørgan, Leandre Burkhard, Razalina Busel, Fabien Clerc, Christine Coste, Michael Flynn, Yoshimi Futamura, Magdalena Gerber, Patricia Glave, Ana Lucia Gomez De Valle, Eliisa Isoniemi, Rashi Jain, Yanze JIANG, Jacques Kaufmann, Cecil Kemperink, Myung-joo Kim, Yoojoo Kim, Paul March, Yuriy Musatov, Jane Norbury, Danijela Pičuljan, Norma Rodney Harrack, Maude Schneider, Anja Seiler, Sıdıka Sevim, Adel Souki, Hongyu Tan, Hirotsune Tashima, Xavier Toubes, Estefania Valls Urquijo, Nataliya Zuban.

Opening: 12.09.2022

On the agenda: under development.

Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

Avenue de la Paix 10
CH- 1202 Geneva
In the centre of international Geneva and home of the IAC, easily accessible by public transport TPG.




13.09.2022 – 19.03.2023


Curator: Stéphanie Le Follic-Hadida

From the 1960s to the present day, the Ariana Museum, the cradle of the IAC, has received nearly 600 donations from member artists. Vessels, sculptures, installations from all over the world and selected works assemble a ceramic cartography from craftsmanship and formal freedom to tradition and innovation.

13.09.2022 – 19.03.2023


Curator: Stéphanie Le Follic-Hadida

The IAC has brought together an international community of ceramic professionals at its best. By postulating the universality of ceramic culture as a founding value, the IAC aims to be an actor of multiculturalism. What results and challenges outline its history today ?


Palais des Nations


10.09.2022 – 24.09-2022


Curators: Anja Seiler, Jacques Kaufmann, with the support of the UN Women’s Guild and Victoria Dzodziev, Director D10Art Space and co-curator of the exhibition

As a tribute to its founding in the immediate post-war period and in response to its primary mission, the IAC is organising, with the help of the UN Women’s Guild, an exhibition at the Palais de Nations on the theme “Around the World on a Plate”. The plate, as a cultural space, is a ceramic archetype that brings communities together around a table. Etymologically derived from “seat”, the plate is a nod to the “seats” of the Nations, when they are gathered at the UN General Assemblies. The plate has always been used for more than just sharing a meal. Its shape and format, which may remind us of a “table medal”, may also refer to a medium of communication and cultural identity, allowing a message to be passed on and a story to be told.

Opening: 14.09.2022

On the agenda: guided tours upon registration (details to come).

NOTE FOR VISITS: Registration is required at the Palais des Nations reception desk. All visitors are requested to bring their passports (UN member states or observers). Identity cards from the Schengen area are also accepted. Passports or identity cards will be checked at the Pregny gate.

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Pregny Gate
Avenue de la Paix 14
CH-1211 Geneva
In the centre of international Geneva and neighbour of the Ariana Museum, easily accessible by public transport TPG.

Musée d’art et d’histoire Neuchâtel & Château de Nyon


18.09.2022 – 05.03.2023 at the MahN

16.09.2022 – 05.03.2023 at the Château de Nyon

MELTING POT: swissceramics national exhibition

Curators: Philippe Lüscher, Lisa Laurenti and Vincent Lieber

The Museum of Art and History of Neuchâtel (MahN) is joining forces with the Château de Nyon to host the national ceramics exhibition organised by swissceramics on two sites. This exhibition is the result of a competition on the general theme of the Congress, Melting Pot. 24 artists were selected by an international jury and their works divided between the two museums: it thus presents an image of the excellence of the contemporary Swiss ceramic scene.

Featuring the artwork of Valérie Alonso, Arnold Annen, Joëlle Bellenot, Marie Bornet Lanz, Léandre Burkhard, Séverine Emery-Jaquier, Violette Fassbaender, Lynn Frydman Kuhn, Estelle Gassmann, Magdalena Gerber, Laure Gonthier, Nathalie Heid, Felix Hug, Timothée Maire, Aline Morvan, Kathi Müller-B, Agathe Naïto, Michèle Rochat, François Rüegg, Sébastien Schnyder, Heike Schildhauer and Melissa Fahrni, Andrea Stebler, Eva Vogelsang, Claudia von Boch and hoï-Keramik.

Opening at the MahN: 17.09.2022

On the agenda: Guided tours, workshops, conferences (to be defined)

Tue-Sun 11am-6pm

Esplanade Léopold-Robert 1
CH- 2000 Neuchâtel
Located in the centre of Neuchâtel, accessible from Geneva by SBB train.


Opening at the Château de Nyon: 15.09.2022

On the agenda: Guided tours, creative workshops for children and adults.

April to October: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
November to March: Tue-Sun 2pm-5pm

Place du Château
CH- 1260 Nyon
Located in the centre of Nyon, accessible from Geneva by SBB train.


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Our sincere thanks.

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