"300 Years of Meissen" Exhibition

Suntory Museum of Art

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The year 2011 coincides with the 150th anniversary of Japan-Germany trade relations and the previous year, 2010, marked the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the German factory at Meissen, the birthplace of Western porcelain. In recognition of these landmarks, this exhibition presents the drama of the birth of Western porcelain along with the complete story of its 300-year history through a selection of the very best of the roughly 20,000 pieces in the collection of the Museum of Meissen Art, Meissen Manufactory. Much more than cultural heritage with a history, this collection plays an important role as a precious resource that continues to sustain the production of Meissen ware even today, and represents a museum that could be possible only at a “living manufactory”.

Treasured on par with spices and silks, the most precious of trade articles between East and West, Chinese porcelains became known as “white gold” and gradually attracted the fascination of the European nobility from the time of the Age of Exploration onward. One wildly enthusiastic collector of these porcelains was Friedrich AugustⅠ (known as August the Strong, 1670-1733), Elector of Sachsen. Under his order, alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger developed a formula for manufacturing porcelain wares, which had hitherto been a mystery to the West. In 1710, the Royal Porcelain Manufactory was established at the castle in Meissen overlooking the Elbe River, raising the curtain on the 300-year story of Meissen.

This exhibition offers an overview of the superb technique and refined design sensibility of Meissen ware as represented in the styles of each period of its development, from the pre-porcelain invention of red Böttger stoneware to Kakiemon copies and Chinoiserie that reveal a yearning for the Orient, and from August’s magnificent porcelain menagerie fantasy to graceful rococo styles, epic monuments of the international expositions, and masterpieces of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras.

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Schedule

From 2011-01-08 To 2011-03-06
Sun, Mon, Holiday 10:00-18:00, Wed-Sat 10:00-20:00. Until 20:00 on January 9th and February 11th, Until 18:00 on March 1st

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hypo: (2011-01-26)

東京ミッドタウン3階にあるサントリー美術館での展示。

マイセンの歴史と実物がずらり。

初期の、中国や日本など東洋の陶器をまるっきりマネしたものの中にあって、
赤土で出来た胸像はかなりクールで異彩を放っている。

徐々に西洋に振れて独自性を発揮して行く流れで
その特徴である非常に鮮やかな色付けや効果的な金装飾に磨きをかけて行く。

その類稀なる写実性は
陶板画という一つの絵画の形を経て
壷やカップに写真を印刷したような不思議な世界観を作り上げる。

その後、アール・ヌーヴォー、アール・デコを経験したマイセンは
絵画、彫刻、食器、そして東洋、西洋の間を行き来する自由を得て
現代美術との融合によって新たな表現を獲得していく。

図録には用語集や制作風景が載っていたり
青字で本文が書いてあったりとなかなか面白いので、
実物を見るほどでも…という人は入り口で図録だけ買うのもアリ。

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