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The Geneva 2022 Congress will address notions related to the “melting pot” in the field of ceramics today and will discuss questions of identity and interaction. The 5-day programme will consist of professional and academic lectures given by specialists in various fields related to the theme, debate sessions, the opening night of the international exhibition at the Ariana Museum, inaugurations and visits to exhibitions.

To develop the central theme of the conferences which will be held over three days, 4 main chapters are defined:

  • Identities in motion: Mythology, political science-anthropology, psychoanalysis.
  • Alchemy: Matter and transformation, ceramics, history of science.
  • Contexts: local perceptions, institutional aspects
  • Appropriation: Art, history.

One day will be devoted to visiting two national exhibitions of swissceramics members, at the Nyon Castle museum and the Neuchâtel Museum of art and history, as well as a visit to the art centre ‘La Ferme des Tilleuls’ in Renens .

50th General Assembly of IAC Members


The 50th Ordinary General Assembly of the members of the Academy will be the place for new exchanges concerning the future of the IAC, its structures, its functioning, including in the new “Post Covid” era that we are collectively going through. It will take place both in person and online.

12.09.2022 – Inaugural evening in the prestigious setting of the Ariana Museum

The evening of Monday 12 September officially celebrates the opening of the 50th Jubilee Congress at its headquarters, the Ariana Museum. The official ceremony will be followed by the opening of the international exhibition Migration(s) and the two exhibitions dedicated to the IAC archives: VOCATION. 70 years of history and CONNECTIONS. 50 years of donations. The 151 new members of the Academy will also be introduced during the evening. Musical interludes by Claudio Glave on guitar will take us on a journey around the world.


13.09.2022 – Evening visits of museums in the heart of the Old Town

Three museums in the old town of Geneva will exceptionally stay open until 9pm at the end of the day to welcome the congress participants with a “glass of Geneva friendship”. You are invited to go to the Maison Tavel for guided tours of their exhibition, then to the Barbier-Mueller Museum and finally to the Baur Foundation for a free visit.

14.09.2022 – UNESCO Evening

The status the IAC as an official NGO partner of UNESCO, obtained in 1958, encourages its members to break through their individual and collective limits to continue to make clay a fraternal link between people and a catalyst for peace.

Today, the IAC – in view of the dramatic times we are witnessing and in accordance with the 2030 sustainable development objectives – must face up to new challenges: cultural diplomacy and interculturality, recognition of minorities, ecology and the necessary questioning of accepted practices. The evening of 14th September 2022, following the opening of the exhibition Around the world on a plate in the Palais des Nations of the Geneva UN will be dedicated to this evolving history. It will bear witness to the dynamism of the IAC members and the will of the IAC to continue to celebrate the values of UNESCO and the United Nations.


15.09.2022 – Excursion

A day of travel! We will first go to the lake of Neuchâtel where we will visit the first part of the Swiss national exhibition Melting Pot at the Museum of Art and History of Neuchâtel (MahN). Then, on the way back, we will stop on the outskirts of Lausanne, at the Ferme des Tilleuls in Renens to discover the exhibition Materia in honour of the renowned Swiss ceramists as well as the surprising Colossal d’art Brut ORGANuGAMME II by Danielle Jacqui (FR). We will end the afternoon with a visit to the second part of the Swiss national exhibition at the Château de Nyon, where we will also spend the evening. This day will allow us to discover not only cultural places but also splendid Swiss landscapes, between lakes and mountains.

16.09.2022 – Closing dinner

The traditional closing dinner of the AIC Congress will be held on the campus of a partner of the Ariana Museum: the Florimont Institute, one of Geneva’s leading schools, rich in the diversity and plurality of its students cultures.

During the aperitif members will be able to visit an exhibition of the students’ ceramics as well as pieces from the Ariana Museum as part of the partnership, to be held in the Attic, the Institute’s new art space. The seated dinner will be accompanied by background music and followed by an evening of dancing.

19.09.2022 – Ceramic circuit: Visit to museums and exhibitions in Romandie

Event requiring separate registration.

Your first destination will be Lausanne and the mudac (museum of design and applied arts) in the PLATEFORME 10 arts district, which includes three museums dedicated to visual creation. After lunch, visit to Yverdon-les-Bains and the exhibition “Melting Pot or how to change lead into gold”, organized by Visarte Vaud, the Centre d’art contemporain Yverdon-les-Bains and the Museum of Yverdon and region. Your journey will end at the Château de Prangins for a visit centred on the ceramics on display and you will spend the evening at the Café du Château with a convivial dinner.





Registration, fees and policy

Registration is now open.

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Theme of the Congress

The theme of the 2022 Congress is "Melting Pot. From Alchemical Crucible to Cultural Crucible."

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Information on the lectures.

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The 2022 Congress features various exhibitions alongside the conferences in partnership with local and national institutions.

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POST TOUR: Ceramic circuit

The 2022 Congress Post Tour will take take place on 19 September 2022.

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Steering Committee

The 50th IAC Congress is organised by swissceramics in collaboration with the IAC.

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