Artigianato artistico italiano nella ceramica contemporanea.


4 September 2021 - 31 October 2021



Triennale Milano

viale Alemagna, 6





curated by Ugo La Pietra



under the patronage of

Comune di Milano, Milano design week, AiCC

The works presented in this exhibition are an incomplete representative survey of artists and artisans who manifest their creative capacities through a skill in the working of the material and a sure personal language of expression. Technique and poetics are the two values that together give meaning to the exhibition; choices made by people who consciously refuse to 

recognize their works as part of the system of art or design. Conceptuality and spectacularity are the two parameters that we often find present in identical proportions in the objects on display. Objects that hark back to the principal archetype of everyday use, but one that also has a strong symbolic significance: the vase.



A Wunderkammer of Milanese Arts and Crafts





20 October 2020 - 10 January 2021



Triennale Milano

viale Alemagna, 6





curated by Alberto Cavalli

general director of the  Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d'Art 


under the patronage of

Regione Lombardia, Comune di Milano, fondazione Cariplo

This is the first project in the Mestieri d'Arte e Design: Crafts Culture series, which has emerged from a partnership with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte.

 An exhibition devoted to the excellence of Milanese arts and crafts, creating a fascinating dialogue between pieces by contemporary masters and some significant works from Renaissance.








Dal 25 settembre al 10 ottobre 2020


8 rue Clauzel, Parigi


Figure e Paesaggi Urbani


8 - 14 April 2019


10:30 - 19:30


Cocktail: 9 April h. 18:00


Natsuko Toyofuku


Corso Como 9 - Milano


The exhibition held at Natsuko Toyofuku atelier, Figures and Urban Landscapes, includes works in stoneware, porcelain and graphics.


“I read - De Zan writes - that Braque argued that every artist has the human figure as the end of his work. In much of my work the figure is the protagonist, in the vases, in the sculptures, and in the graphics.


Alternatively, they are the landscapes, especially urban ones, such as single houses, agglomerates that form villages and cities. I remember the first drawings of children representing the people closest to them and their homes.



These figures and houses accompany us throughout our lives and always remain part of our expression.

My vases often have anthropomorphic shapes, a front and a back, curved lines to remember the female figure and more angular shapes to depict the masculine one.


Instead, my small sculptures, often little scenes, contain characters with more realistic but still stylized forms. Others are lonely figures, silhouettes that reproduce the characteristics of the protagonists in my little scenes.

Often these characters live as a couple, family or community in order to meet others and tell each other.

Galleria Fatto ad Arte

presenta la mostra


Guido De Zan

"Figure in equilibrio"

Ceramiche e carte


8 March - 29 March 2019

Opening 7 March from 18.30


via Moscova 60 - Milano

La Galleria Fatto ad Arte , proseguendo il suo racconto nei territori dell’Arts and Crafts italiana, e dei suoi protagonisti è lieta di presentare l’opera di Guido De Zan,  artista milanese che ha fatto del materiale ceramico il centro di una lunga e profonda ricerca concettuale e formale.


De Zan è nato a Milano nel 1947.L’anno scorso ha festeggiato i quarant’anni di vita del suo laboratorio “Il coccio”. Per questa occasione ha pubblicato un volume monografico “Guido De Zan, un’idea di leggerezza” edito da Corraini edizioni.


Cenni biografici


 Nel 1974, dopo aver lavorato 8 anni nel campo della assistenza a ragazzi con disabilità mentale , si laurea in Sociologia alla Università di Trento. Nel 1975 inizia una ricerca nel campo ceramico , utilizzando nei primi anni la maiolica per la produzione di oggetti d’uso.  Passa successivamente alla  tecnica raku e si orienta verso oggetti più simbolici come tazze per la cerimonia del tè, vasi e pannelli decorativi. Da metà degli anni ’90 inizia a  utilizzare  grès e porcellana per realizzare i suoi lavori e ha affiancato alla produzione ceramica  lavori di grafica usando diverse tecniche e materiali.


La mostra che si tiene alla Galleria Fatto ad Arte, ha come titolo “Figure in equilibrio” e comprende lavori in grès, porcellana e grafiche.  

Ho letto – Scrive De Zan -che Braque sosteneva che ogni artista ha come fine del suo lavoro la figura umana. In buona parte del mio lavoro la figura fa da protagonista, nei vasi, nelle sculture, e nella grafica.

In alternativa sono i paesaggi, soprattutto urbani, quindi singole case, agglomerati che formano villaggi e città.


Mi vengono in mente i primi disegni dei bambini che rappresentano le persone a loro più vicine e le loro case.

Queste figure e queste case ci accompagnano per tutta la vita e rimangono sempre parte della nostra espressione.


I miei vasi spesso hanno forme antropomorfe, quindi un fronte e un retro, linee curve a ricordare la figura femminile e forme più spigolose a raffigurare quella maschile.


Invece le mie piccole sculture, spesso dei teatrini, contengono dei personaggi di forme più realistiche ma sempre stilizzate.


Altre sono figure sole, delle silhouette che riprendono le caratteristiche dei personaggi dei teatrini.


Spesso questi personaggi vivono in coppia, famiglia o comunità per poter incontrare gli altri e raccontarsi.

Presentation of the book


"Guido De Zan

an idea of lightness

ceramics 1978 - 2018"


edited by Anty Pansera e Eugenio Alberti Schatz 


27 February 2019



Chiostro Nina Vinchi del Piccolo Teatro di Milano,

Via Rovello 2, Milano



With Alberto Cavalli, director of the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte and Flaminio Gualdoni, art critic.

Guido De Zan and the editors of the book will attend the meeting.

"Only in the workshop of craftsmen and the studios of artists, inhabited by visionary creators and traders of beauty, does material seems to take on the true forms of its destiny": with these words Francesco Cataluccio introduces the volume dedicated to the forty years of activity of the Milanese ceramist Guido De Zan. From the title - an idea of lightness - the peculiarity of de Zan's work on ceramics emerges, that is, his intention to "lighten" the material and to seek a balance, however unstable. The book, edited by Eugenio Alberti Schatz and Anty Pansera, guides the reader on a discovery of the evolution of De Zan's work, through different subjects, techiniques and materials.


From the new opening texts - by Francesco Cataluccio, Anty Pansera, Eugenio Alberti Schatz and Guido De Zan - we move on a rich catalogue of works, divided into categories. The book closes with a section that includes a critical anthology, some writings that emphasise the fundamental themes od De Zan's research, from the relationship between art and manual labour to the relationship with the city of Milan, and a project note, with contributions from Paola Lenarduzzi (book design), Licia Cicala (documentation of works) and Regina Recht (photo story).




"Guido De Zan,

Scultura Ceramica de la collection de l'artiste"


 12 April 2018

from 18:00 to 21:30


118 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

75008 Paris





from 30 March 2016 to 3 April 2016




2-16-29 Jiyugaoka




link to IDÈE shop 



curated by Mariastella Margozzi and Nino Caruso


11 March - 7 June 2015

opening 11 March 2015 

h 18:00


Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Viale delle Belle Arti, 131


The exhibition, curated by nino Caruso and Mariastella Margozzi, wants to present for the first time in the National Gallery the path of Italian ceramic sculpture from the fifties to the present, taking into consideration over sixty artists of different generations who have dedicated themselves to their activity exclusively to the medium of ceramic. In fact, as the natural development of the art of decorating elements and objects of everyday life, the ceramists-artists have linked their custom with the technique to ever new experiments, technical and formal, which have led this particular genre to compete in all respects with the most traditional sculpture, that one in stone, marble or bronze.

Creativity is, in the ceramic sculpture sector, first of all associated with the peculiarity of the materials and their firings and then with iconographic and stylistic ideas that distinguish each artist in a very clear manner. The panorama of ceramic sculpture is very vast in Italy and in the rest of the world and includes artists of great standing. The first generation of contemporary ceramic sculptors was formed in Italy at the school of the great Leoncillo Leonardi and also assimilated the teachings of Arturo Martini, Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti. From these artists, who historically have given prestige to a genre previously considered minor, ceramics has been elevated to an autonomous sculptural language and this is the legacy that has been transmitted to the next two generations, including the younger one, capable of fully integrating this particular language in the complex and varied panorama of contemporary art.  

The technical and aesthetic innovations that all artists have brought to the ceramic sculpture genre are of great importance and bear witness to the vitality of an ancient tradition.The artists selected for the exhibition, each one present with three works representative of his activity as a sculptor-ceramist, are:

Attilio Antibo, Nedda Guidi, Carlos Carlè, Nanni Valentini, Pompeo Pianezzola, FEderico Bonaldi, Alfonso Leoni, Carlo Zauli, Salvatore Cipolla, Pino Castagna, Salvatore Meli, Alessio Tasca, Nino CAruso, Panos Tsolakos, CAndido Fior, Lee Babel, Adriano Leverone, Enrico Stropparo, Riccardo Monachesi, Riccardo BIavati, Tristano de Robilant, Giancarlo Sciannella, Massimo Luccioli, Claudio Cipolletti, Elettra Cipriani, Bertozzi & Casoni, Aldo Rontini, Emidio Galassi, Luigi Gismondo, Goffredo Gaeta, Ivo Sassi, Guido Mariani, Alberto Mingotti, Alfredo Gioventù, Eraldo Chiucchiù, Giuseppe Lucietti, Giorgio Crisafi, Antonio Grieco, Paolo Porelli, Aldo Rontini, Jasmine Pignatelli, Annalisa Guerri, Marino Ficola, Guido De Zan, Tonina Cecchetti, Fabrizio Dusi, Silvia Calcagno, Rita Miranda, Luciano Laghi, Fausto Cheng, Marta Pacon Rodriguez, Antonella Cimatti, Mirco De Nicolò, Fiorenza Pacino, Nicola Boccini, GRaziano Pompili, Gabriella Sacchi, Cristiana Vignatelli Bruni, Luigi Belli, Simone Negri, Luigi Pero, Denis Imberti e Stefano Tasca.



FAI presents


"Arte ceramica oggi in Italia"


an exhibition curated by Jean Blanchaert


from 30 November 2013 to 6 Genuary 2014

from Wednesday to Sunday

h 10:00 -18:00


Villa Necchi Campiglio

Via Mozart, 14







new gallery opening



5 May 2011

h 18:00 




via Saffi, 7


De Zan works in the new space Officine Saffi

In the occasion of the opening of the new gallery Officine Saffi, entirely dedicated to ceramics, Guido De Zan is one of the seven international artists invited to show his works at the exhibition "Open to Art". 

The artist presents sculptures and big natural grès vases. Philippe Daverio, Salvatore Carruba and Paolo Magnani introduce the event.

The exhibition is on until 31 July 2011.


Guido De Zan



"Skyscraper in one's pocket.

Vases and sculptures by Guido De Zan"


26 November 2010

h 18:00



laboratorio Il Coccio

alle colonne di San Lorenzo

via Pio IV, 3


Small room but a lot of warmth at the workshop Il Coccio during the opening of the exhibition dedicated to a year of work on the subject of Pirelli skyscraper. In a booklet by De Zan published by Pulcinoelefante, Bianca Tosi acutely described it as "a lightly high skyscraper". 

On exhibition a selection of over 100 vases, small grès, porcelain and paper sculptures, drawings and photos. It's a very good occasion to face with the esthetical uo-to-dateness by Gio Ponti and with the imprintin given by his building on the spirit of this city.

50th Year Edition


1st July 2010


The skyscraper designed by Gio Ponti,  one of the iconic buildings of 20th century in Milan, is now fifty years old. Guido De Azn marked the occasion by producing a limited edition of Three Travelling Pirelli Towers, recreating the basic shape of the building in three variants. The work is a tribute to Ponti, but also to Bruno Munari and his travelling sculptures made out of paper. The edition is made up of 200 numbered copies signed by the artist which come to complete with the essay by De Zan, Ferruzzi and Alberti Schatz. The publisher is Giorgio Lucini. For more informations or to purchase an item, please drop by at No.3, Via Pio IV, Milan, or contact by e-mail at




The book for the first 30 years


"sculptures 1995 - 2008"


1st November 2008


Published to celebrate the first three decades of activity of Guido De Zan's Il Coccio workshop, Sculptures 1995-2008 features an essay by Flaminio Gualdoni. The book can be bought on line from Damiani Editore, or, better still, why not make a personal call to il Coccio, in Via Pio Iv,3, Milano, close by the portico outside the church of San Lorenzo. You may get to meet the artist, and you will certainly see some of his works, in a very special place in Milan where the ceramic art have put down firm roots. 

Guido De Zan


via Pio IV 3

20123 Milano


P IVA 0704440153