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Porcelain takes pride of place at the Musée Ariana

Until 6 September, the latest grand temporary exhibition at the Musée Ariana – “Meissen - Folies de porcelaine” – plunges visitors into the very heart of the period when Europe discovered porcelain.

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Meissen - Folies de porcelaine

A thousand years after China, the first object created in Europe using this precious material was produced in Meissen (Germany) at the beginning of the 18th century, following a series of adventures – generally poetic and sometimes perfectly bizarre.

The exhibition explores the early beginnings of this industry, shining the spotlight on some of the main protagonists such as Böttger, Höroldt and Kändler to name but a few. In addition to the exceptional pieces on show, which all come from one of eight private collections in Switzerland, visitors can discover an entire page in the history of art. The exhibition shows how – through passion, greed or opportunism – certain individuals set off on a quest for their holy grail, the discovery of porcelain, genuine white gold, at the risk of losing their entire fortune and sometimes even their mind.

Until 6 September 2020 at the Musée Ariana

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Commented visits

  • Public visits on Sundays: 9 February, 1 March, 5 April, 3 May, 7 June and 6 September 2020 at 11 a.m.; 17 May 2020 at 2 p.m. | (admission fee, free visit, no registration required)
  • Press visit on request
  • Opening reception: Thursday 6 February 2020, at 7 p.m.



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Article modifié le 06.02.2020 à 15:07