Exhibition

亞歐堂 meet asian art Exhibition and event forum

extended until 6 May 2018

In keeping with the preferences of the Ming Emperor Wanli (萬曆 “Ten Thousand Years”), Chinese blue-and-white porcelain dating from his reign (1572–1620) makes use of a wide range of symbols and hidden allusions to refer to happiness, a long life, health, equanimity and other such blessings.

For China, the reign of the Wanli Emperor represented an age of globalization. For the first time, large quantities of Chinese porcelain and other merchandise now found their way to Europe, where they were highly prized as luxury items and copied in part from such products as Frankfurt faience of the Early Baroque.

The 24 objects on view in the 亞歐堂 meet asian art cabinet clearly convey the difference between “imperial” porcelain, which also encompasses ware produced for the upscale domestic Chinese market, and the objects manufactured rapidly – and somewhat carelessly – for export to the Middle East and Europe. The oldest of the objects on display here have belonged to the museum’s collection for more than a hundred years. The largest proportion, however, go back to Carl Cords, whose extensive 1943 bequest forms the mainstay of our East Asian holdings.

The aim of this cabinet exhibition is to open a window on the outstanding collection of Chinese ceramics at the Museum Angewandte Kunst. Over the coming months, this will accordingly be the main focus of the programme of guided tours, workshops and lectures accompanying the exhibition 亞歐堂 meet asian art.

Curator: Dr Stephan von der Schulenburg

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What is 亞歐堂 meet asian art?

meet asian art is a new venue for seeing, understanding and discussion at the Museum Angewandte Kunst. It provides a setting for changing objects from the museum’s unique Asian art holdings. At the same time, meet asian art is more than just an exhibition space: as a forum for events and presentations, it also offers ever-new insights into Asia’s contribution to the art of the world.


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The Colour of Jade and Eternity
from 14 June 2018

To the Chinese, jade has always been more valuable than silver or gold. In Chinese culture the precious stone with the milky grey-green lustre is seen as a symbol of long life and immortality. The high regard for this material explains the enduring popularity of jade-coloured pottery glazes in China ever since the first millennium BC.

Starting in June 2018, the Museum Angewandte Kunst will be showing a selection of celadon pottery in its meet asian art exhibition and event forum. With pieces produced over a period of two and a half thousand years, this cabinet exhibition will bear impressive witness to the skilful craftsmanship of Chinese potters who used simple, elegant shapes and the unique colour of jade to create objects of great expressive power.

Curator: Dr Stephan von der Schulenburg