Contemporary creation


70 Years of History

Photo de Prague, 1962

Congrès AIC Prague 1962

For the 70th anniversary of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), the Musée Ariana presents three exhibitions :


The International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Founded in 1952 by French diplomat Henri J. Reynaud and housed at the Musée Ariana, it soon surrounded itself with the greatest specialists, the greatest institutions and the greatest artists in the world, such as Picasso, Fontana, Leach,
Voulkos and many more.

The Academy obtained UNESCO recognition in 1958. In 1964, its new president, Edgar Pelichet, audaciously chose to favour contemporary creation. His successors, Rudolf Schnyder, Tony Franks, Janet Mansfield, Jacques Kaufmann and Torbjorn Kvasbo have continued in this spirit at the congresses held every two years in many locations worldwide and which are based on interculturalism and fraternity in knowledge.

With 1010 members today and present in 77 countries, the IAC is facing ever-increasing
challenges: promoting recognition of its members’ work, cultural diplomacy, ecological
constraints... This fascinating history is related chronologically in the twelve showcases around the upper gallery of the Musée Ariana.

70 ans de l’Académie Internationale de la Céramique (AIC)

Photo de l'oeuvre "Boat", Michael Flynn


September 13, 2022 - March 19, 2023

Between transfer of know-how, transhumance and multiculturalism, clay brings people together and transgresses borders.

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Vase à vin


September 13, 2022 - March 19, 2023
50 Years of Donations

From the 1960s to the present day, the Ariana Museum, the cradle of the AIC, has received nearly 600 donations from member artists.

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Photo de Prague, 1962


September 13, 2022 - March 20, 2023
70 Years of History

The AIC has brought together an international community of ceramic professionals at its best. 

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Joint opening

Thursday 15 September, 19:00

For the 70th anniversary of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), the Musée Ariana presents three exhibitions : MIGRATION(S), CONNECTIONS, VOCATION.

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Expositions en cours

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June 18, 2021 - August 28, 2022
Through the Eyes of Lionel Latham

An everyday, collectible or historical object, the cup has always reflected evolutions in the stylistic and decorative tastes of its contemporaries.

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Offhause Museum par Baptiste Coulon

Offhause Museum

May 15, 2022 - October 30, 2022

As part of International Museum Day, Yusuké Y. Offhause has opened his own museum at the Ariana Museum, featuring the work of artist Thomas Bonny.

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Jeanne Rimbert

June 2, 2022 - October 31, 2022
Oh Happy Days!

The artistic universe of Jeanne Rimbert (France, 1985) is deceptively idyllic.

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