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Seladon in Zürich

Celadon in Focus

Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich (CH), 24.11.2019 – 22.11.2020
Opening: Sunday, 24.11.2019, 11:30 a.m.

Since the ninth century, the province of Zhejiang, China, has been known for its fine celadon porcelain with its wonderful shimmering surfaces in magnificent shades of blue and green. The golden age of Chinese celadon lasted from the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries, when it found its way into the imperial collections and was exported worldwide. This craftsmanship then declined, almost completely died out by the end of the nineteenth century, and was not successfully revived until the 1950s in state-owned factories. A first young generation of ceramists, including some females, have now come of age. Some of these ceramists have successfully aligned themselves, under the seal of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and within the Chinese cultural heritage system, as nationally acknowledged masters due to their unparalleled celadon glazes. They are all glaze enthusiasts, always in search of the perfect celadon. The exhibition of the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich presents the contours of a frame of reference within which this community of ceramists negotiates the valuation of their celadons today.

The exhibition is marked by a publication that appeared just recently in our programme.

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Otto Prutscher at the MAK in Vienna

MAK – Museum for Applied Art, Vienna (AT), 20.11.2019–17.5.2020
Opening: Tuesday, 19.11.2019, 7 p.m.

Otto Prutscher (1880–1949) was a designer and architect, teacher, and member of all the important Austrian arts and crafts movements—from the Secession to the Werkbund.

He was one of the first students of the School of Arts and Crafts in Vienna. Being taught by Josef Hoffmann and the painter Franz Matsch clearly left its mark on Prutscher’s designs: this is evident in both their high-quality draftsmanship and their constant alignment with prevailing architectural trends.

Prutscher’s oeuvre comprises over 50 buildings, almost 50 exhibitions, some 170 interiors, 300 interior designs, and more than 200 pieces and sets of furniture. His designs were executed by over 200 companies, above all the Wiener Werkstätte and manufactories like Backhausen or Augarten.

70 years after Prutscher’s death, this exhibition explores his complex creative work and his role in the development of Viennese Modernism. The show ath the MAK in Vienna was inspired by the collector Hermi Schedlmayer’s generous gift of 139 designs, objects, and furniture by this universal designer.

The lavishly designed publication on Otto Prutscher appeared in our programme.

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Lukas Salzmann in Zurich

Lukas Salzmann: Sehen sehen
Stiftung Kunstsammlung Albert und Melanie Rüegg, Zurich (CH), 14.11.2019–8.2.2020

Vernissage: Wednesday, 13.11.2019, 6 p.m.

Lukas Salzmann in conversation with Rudolf Velhagen and Simon Maurer: 15.1.2020, 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Lukas Salzmann’s paintings are not only based on photographs, rather they are the triggers of his artistic work. He expands by a painterly dimension what someone considered so valuable that he or she captured it photographically. Salzmann explores perception and challenges it with his art. He plays virtuously with the conditions of the possibilities of image interpretations. A serious game – because this interpretation (also a double one, that of the painter and that of the viewer) opens up fields of tension between a vivid idyll and unavoidable catastrophe. And it is precisely these ambivalences, ambiguities, insecurities that Lukas Salzmann’s painting is geared to. He clarifies the uncertainties that should actually make us safer: Ultimately, however, we are only safe in insecurity.

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Fairy-tale Colours in Kassel

Red Hood, Blue Beard – Fairy-tale Colours and Experiments

GRIMM WORLD Kassel (DE), 13.11.2019–13.04.2020

 

The eye of the beholder is attracted by colours. Their cultural and historical significance, their symbolic meaning are equally fascinating. In the works of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen or Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, colours are not chosen at random, but bear their own individual meaning: gold stands for perfection and  prosperity, white represents godliness and sublimity, whereas black is generally associated with death and the devil or indicates a future twist of life.

The 19th century saw various publications of important collections of folk and fairy tales, such as the Brothers Grimm’s Children’s and Household Tales as well as many ground-breaking scientific discoveries related to the physical aspects of colour and human vision. This happy meeting of scientific research and creative imagination inspired GRIMM WORLD Kassel to explore the significance of colours in fairy tales: why is the little girl’s hood red, of all things, and why is a blue beard so odd? Impressive original illustrations and books of fairy tales are combined with historical scientific experiments to guarantee for adults and children an exciting voyage through fairy tales and colours.

For further reading about colours in fairy tales, a richly illustrated publication has appeared in our programme.

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Opening Bauhaus im Spiegel der Mathildenhöhe

Gestalt und Hinterhalt. Das Bauhaus im Spiegel der Mathildenhöhe
Designhaus Darmstadt, 1.11.2019–5.1.2019
Opening: Friday, 1.11.2019, 6 p.m.

In 1908 Peter Behrens hired the young Walter Gropius in his architectural office – but fired him only two years later. The exhibition Gestalt und Hinterhalt focuses on human relationships that evolved around the Bauhaus and the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt: Alma Mahler’s love stories with Olbrich and Gropius or how Otto Bartning unsuccessfully attempts in 1951 to invite Gropius to the event “Man and Space” in Darmstadt. In 1961, Prince Ludwig of Hesse launched the Bauhaus Archive in the studio house of 1901. But the encounters in the mirror of Mathildenhöhe are not always very harmonious …

And what would have happened if the Bauhaus had moved not to Dessau but to Darmstadt in 1925, as it was discussed at the time? Immerse yourself virtually in the famous Dessau building by Gropius, which was recreated directly behind Olbrich’s exhibition building on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus.

Hochschule Darmstadt, Fachbereich Gestaltung [Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Department of Design]
Designhaus Darmstadt, Eugen-Bracht-Weg 6, 64287 Darmstadt

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Gitagovinda in Zurich

Rietberg Museum, Zurich (CH), 24.10.2019-16.02.2020

The Gitagovinda is probably the most famous love story of the 12th century. According to legend, the Hindu god Krishna fell in love with the shepherdess Radha. And as in every good story, there are all kinds of confusion, misunderstandings, crises and finally a happy ending.

The epic was illustrated around 1775 in a detailed series, which today is one of the most famous and precious depictions of Indian painting. The exhibition at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich invites visitors to learn more about this poetic work and to immerse themselves in the story. Both the miniature paintings of the Museum Rietberg – the largest coherent set in the series – and works from other collections are enchanting.

The publication that marks the exhibition also tells the story of the paintings in detail.

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Silver Triennial International 2019

Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau (DE), 27.10.2019-9.1.2020
Opening: Sunday, 27.10.2019, from 11:30 am

This year the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus [German Goldsmiths’ House] Hanau invites you again to the Silver Triennial International. 123 participants from 19 countries submitted new and exciting ideas for the silver design to the renowned competition.

Now you may discover the juried, imaginative silver objects, some of them very sophisticated in their technical execution, created by artists from all over the world over the last three years. Many works go far beyond the spectrum of the classic tableware and show new design ideas.

A publication on the competition has been published in our programme.

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Savour: the exhibition marked by The King’s Peas

Gardiner Museum, Toronto (CA), 17.1.2019–19.1.2020

Food culture was transformed in Europe during the age of Enlightenment by profound changes that still resonate today. What we eat, the way food is cooked, and how we dine has been influenced by radical changes that occurred mostly in France from 1650 until the French Revolution in 1789.

The exhibition Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment explores the story of this transformation with rare objects, fascinating histories, and amusing stories. The tour starts in the kitchen gardens at Versailles where advances in horticulture expanded the growing seasons of vegetables and fruits. We visit the steamy kitchens of busy cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our time. Next, we discover surprisingly modern philosophies for healthy eating and vegetarianism. And we see meals served on newly invented ceramic and silver wares, from sauceboats to tureens. Along the way, we explore how social changes were impacting eating then, just as now, as the grand formality of the past was often abandoned in favour of informality and intimacy.

Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment is organized by the Gardiner Museum and curated by Meredith Chilton, C.M., Curator Emerita. Works of art and objects from major North American museums and private collections, as well as key pieces of contemporary ceramics and knitted art, will come together in a delectable feast for the senses designed by Opera Atelier’s Resident Set Designer, Gerard Gauci.

After the Gardiner Museum, the exhibition will tour to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.

The exhibition is accompanied by a cookbook titled The King’s Peas: Delectable Recipes and their Stories from the Age of Enlightenment by Meredith Chilton, with contributions by Markus Bestig, Executive Chef, The York Club, Toronto.

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Ring Collection Koch in Zurich

From 10 October 2019, the Landesmuseum Zurich will be presenting the lavishly renovated west wing as an attractive backdrop for the newly staged collection exhibition. The exhibition rooms, designed by Gustav Gull, were restored to the original state of 1898 with all the care and attention of a restorer. They now blend harmoniously with the high-quality objects in the collection: Whether the St. Gallen Globe, the paintings of Carnation Master Hans Leu or the world-famous Goethe Ring – the historical treasures invite you on a little exploratory journey.

In this newly conceived exhibition, the ring collection Alice and Louis Koch will be presented to a large extent for the first time.
The Rings of the 20th and 21st Centuries also appear in the comprehensive publication of the same name in our programme.

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Title image: HAROLD O’CONNOR, 2001
18ct gold, sterling silver, mokume-gane (fused copper, gold and silver), 45 x 73 mm

Photo: Donat Stuppan, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum

 

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Schuh.Design in Offenbach

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach (DE), 26.10.2019–31.5.2020

Thanks to the unique shoe collection of the Deutsche Ledermuseum [German Leather Museum], the exhibition STEP BY STEP: Schuh.Design im Wandel unfolds the knowledge about shoes from all over the world and from different eras. Where do the flip-flops come from? Why have heels developed? And has there always been a right and a left shoe? By using pairs of shoes, each consisting of a historical and a contemporary model, the cultural history of shoe fashion is impressively conveyed!

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