The Museum. Working clay is now an art


Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola’s greatest richness lies in its human heritage that makes up its identity and is its living historical and cultural proof. The awareness of this value is the heredity shared thanks to the G. Bucci Museum-Historical-Artistic Documentation Centre.
In a renovated 1700’s glassworks factory, the museum is a collection of 130 years of company’s history, where the visitor, through looking at the works, become part of the production, social and territorial reality that Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola has always been a part of.
Starting from the first products, the Decorations Hall shows the passages towards the quest for beauty that over the years has allowed Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola to participate in the most important events also on an international level. From here, the decorative history is further enriched.

The central part of the museum, the Artists’ Hall, houses the most important pieces by ceramists that have worked in the Artistic Division of Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola. Then finally is the Contemporary Artists’ Hall, an area totally dedicated to more recent experiences by the ceramists of Imola thanks to the “Artecotta” initiative founded in 1981 with the support of the Studio Giò Marconi of Milan and important artists of the time. Works that can be admired by the public include those of Tilson, Hsiao Chin, Mitoraj, Del Pezzo, Summa, Fabbri, Pomodoro, Pardi, Spoldi, Tadini, Brindisi, Bertozzi, Casoni and many more.


The Contemporary Artists Hall has works made by great contemporary artists at Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola since 1981. In particular, the experience begun with Hsiao-Chin and Remo Brindisi was developed with the Artecotta operation in collaboration with the Studio Marconi of Milan in the mid Eighties.
The featured artists are: Enrico Bay, Lucio Del Pezzo, Agenore Fabbri, Tullio Pericoli, Gianfranco Pardi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Aldo Spoldi and Emilio Tadini. One particular collection is of the works by painter-sculptor Joe Tilson, with whom the company still frequently collaborates. The first ceramic works by architect Ugo la Pietra are documented in the now famous Giardini Mediterranei. A few works of the following artists are highlighted: Portoghesi, Dorazio, Mariani, Rontini, Merendi, Bertozzi, Casoni, etc.

The Ceramists Hall shows photographs and archives that document the birth and development of the company from 1874 to the 1970s. A set of plates with the brands help visitors to determine the chronology of the company’s products, both artistic and industrial.
This hall shows the works of the most significant ceramists who worked in the company. In particular: :

• from the Nineteenth century – G. Lodi, A. Sangiorgi,
• from the Twentieth century – G. Baldini, M. Bandoli, U. Marfisi, A. Visani, S. Ghinassi, W. Martelli, T. Buscaroli, D. Minganti.

It is interesting to observe the influence of Gio Ponti as a consultant in the artwork of the 1950s and 60s (documented by signed letters). One section is dedicated to industrial production with special reference to the tiles of the 1950s and 60s and a collection of catalogues from 1931 to 1970.

The Decorations Hall shows 44 exhibition partecipation diplomas from the end of the 1800s to the 1970s. The showcases display the mass production of decorations by the Artistic Division from the foundation of the company to present.
Divided according to type, these majolica articles mainly from the 1700s, bear witness to how the tradition has been passed down unaltered throughout time. Even the folk production is documented by a large collection of white objects and an interesting set of mugs with various shapes.