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Meissen Museum

The Museum of the Meissen Porcelain Foundation displays works from the manufactory’s 300 years of history. The collection tells the rich story of Europe’s oldest porcelain manufactory.

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All year round, Mon - Sun, 9 am - 6 pm

31 December & 1 January, 10 am - 4 pm
Closing time: 24 - 26 December

Due to an event at the museum on May 24, the museum will be closed from 12 noon to 3 pm.

 

Meissen Porzellan-Stiftung GmbH

Talstraße 9
01662 Meißen
Germany

Tel: +49 (0)3521 4760328
Fax: +49 (0)3521 4760329
Email: meissen@porzellan-stiftung.de

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Bones, Timber & White Gold

Objects in Meissen porcelain by Helena Sekot, Philsoo Heo and David Torres

15 March - 20 October 2024

Budding artistic creatives have put unusual projects to effect in the studios of the heritage-rich Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. They are not new to working with ceramic materials, having already furnished ample evidence of their talent in courses of specialised study and actual works. They all won Richard Bampi Prizes in 2022. During subsequent periods spent in the Meissen Manufactory’s studios, they got to know how the place ticks and exploited its great potential for their own creations. The exhibition covers works by Helena Sekot, Philsoo Heo and David Torres and provides insights into the creative processes involved.

Helena Sekot adapts typical Meissen shapes in images that beckon responses from their beholders. Philsoo Heo derives inspiration from wood. He morphs its fissured surface into bulkily elegant porcelain. Large-format sculptures by the Colombian David Torres reference the history of Meissen porcelain whilst also addressing stereotypes; “white gold” may stand for porcelain in Germany but in Colombia it’s a byword for cocaine.

Photo: pattern trials for unicorn skull by David Torres, 2023, copyright: MPS, photographer: Maik Krause

Bones, Timber & White Gold
Onion Pattern Project

Onion Pattern Project

Exhibition in the Museum of the Meissen Porcelain Foundation

8 November 2024 — 2 March 2025

The Meissen Porcelain Manufactory has been producing its famous Onion Pattern for almost three hundred years now. The cobalt-blue decoration evolved from Chinese designs and has remained a favourite for banquets and the home to the present day. Artist Antye Guenther guides the pattern through occasionally crazy embroilments between the GDR and Japan.
Taking the GDR of the 1970s and 1980s as her cue, she tracks the pattern down in scenarios ranging from its being used as a means of payment in the illegal transfer of technology to the famous Dresden Zwinger reconstructed in Japan’s porcelain capital Arita. The artist narrates a science fiction story in which she enlists the Onion Pattern’s services as a clandestine storage medium for highly sensitive information. She devises new assignments for her secret agents in cooperation with the Manufactory.

PR-photo:collage with Onion Pattern Project reference material © Antye Guenther, MPS

Exhibition - Artists in Residence 2009–2023

The Manufactory’s then director Max Adolf Pfeiffer ushered in an artistic heyday back in the 1920s by enlisting the services of outside artists to a far greater extent than hitherto, notably those of Ernst Barlach, Paul Scheurich and Gerhard Marcks. And it is still common practice at Meissen today to produce art objects for which no master models or potter’s moulds are made and which are truly “one-offs” as a result. Contemporary artists from home and abroad are regularly invited to Meissen for this purpose. They have the vast expertise amassed by the Manufactory and its artisan staff at their disposal during their stay in Meissen as they go about putting their ideas to effect. They are nevertheless free of artistic constraints and may operate in the fields of utilitarian wares or out-and-out art or, indeed, both.

The exhibition showcases items by artists from the most diverse of nations. The Manufactory’s artists-in-residence scheme has been taken up by creative minds from Syria, Tunisia and India but also from South Korea, the USA, Switzerland and, of course, Germany, and these have been a rich source of fresh stimuli.

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Exhibition - Artists in Residence 2009–2023
The world‘s first organ made of MEISSEN porcelain

The world‘s first organ made of MEISSEN porcelain

The world’s first organ to feature pipes made of MEISSEN Porcelain is a consummate example of porcelain art.

Augustus the Strong, founder of the Manufactory, had commissioned an organ with porcelain pipes to be made way back in the early 18th century. It was not until the year 2000 that the job was completed, though.

Guests from all over the world have been succumbing to the magic of music produced by MEISSEN Porcelain pipes ever since.

Listen to the contrast between wooden, metal and porcelain pipes, when they guide through ages like the museum does.

Dates: by prior arrangement
Price: € 200.-/group, € 1.- seating per person if group consists of more than 30 persons
Duration: 15-20 minutes

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Digitally relive the invention of Europe’s first porcelain

In a new exhibition area, the Museum lets visitors delve into the mysterious origins of Meissen porcelain with the aid of a special multivisual presentation.

Dynamic lighting and vivid projections combine with historical exhibits in finest porcelain and, at their heart, the “Philosopher’s Stone” to bring the space dramatically alive. Text inserts and film sequences allow the Meissen Manufactory’s genesis more than 300 years ago to be interactively experienced – visitors learn much of interest about Johann Friedrich Böttger, famous alchemist and inventor of Meissen porcelain, and those who assisted him. There is no extra charge for this presentation, which can be viewed in either German or English.

Digitally relive the invention of Europe’s first porcelain

„From "Snowball Blossoms" and the "Swan Service" all the way to contemporary sculptures – the Meissen manufactory’s legacy is unparalleled in the history of European porcelain.“

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