Bringing together more 1,700 individual Chinese porcelain artefacts from the 16th to the 19th centuries, “The Porcelain Room – Chinese Export Porcelain” @FondazionePrada ’s OMA-designed exhibition venue in Milan immerses visitors in a kaleidoscopic universe of refined workmanship, artistic marvel and whimsical iconography. The most surprising and satisfying part of the show, which runs until September, is the diversity on display; there are plenty of blue-and-white vases and bowls of course but there are also colourful Dutch ship models, rooster-shaped tureens, ewers with Persian inscriptions and coolers with Portuguese coats of arms. Such variety exemplifies how efficient Chinese were in understanding the taste and the demand of each segment of the market. Tailoring their production for different markets, religions, and social groups, Chinese porcelain exporters took advantage of the opening of the sea routes to the East by the Portuguese in the 16th century to make their ware first truly global commodity.
Curated by Jorge Welsh @jorgewelshworksofart and Luísa Vinhais, and designed by @TomPostmaDesign , the exhibition is divided in three thematic sections. In the first black-box room, visitors encounter the most comprehensive collection of Chinese porcelains with European iconography ever assembled, including early Western orders which are extremely rare. The second space contains a series of playful objects for daily use in the shape of animals, fruits and vegetables, conceived in the 1760’s in order to amuse guests dining in wealthy European households, while the final room pays homage to the tradition of porcelain rooms. Created in European palaces and aristocratic houses in the 17th and 18th centuries, such installations incorporated Chinese porcelain with mirrors, lacquer panels and gilded carved wood in a gesture of opulence so it’s quite fitting that the porcelain room at Fondazione Prada is clad in gold.
#yatzeragenda #ThePorcelainRoom #chineseexportporcelain #luisavinhais #jorgewelsh #whattodoinmilan #firstorder Photography by @delfino_sl Courtesy #FondazionePrada @oma.eu #milano - 3 days ago