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New presentation of the porcelain and faience collection

Aristocrats and wealthy bourgeoisie were downright addicted to the "white gold", one spoke of the "maladie de porcelaine". Those who could not afford the exclusive porcelain used faience to decorate their tables, consoles, mantelpieces and chests of drawers.

Die Kaffeetrinkerin, Ludwigsburg, Johann Christian Wilhelm Beyer, Porzellan
Die Kaffeetrinkerin, Ludwigsburg, Johann Christian Wilhelm Beyer, Porzellan © Kunstgewerbemuseum, Foto: Saturia Linke

In the exhibition there are different thematic fields: How did porcelain make its way from Asia to Europe? To what extent do the porcelain and faience art reflect the aristocratic lifestyles of the rococo period?

What were the design peculiarities, and what were the production techniques like? The fact that porcelain is still relevant for designers today is exemplified under the aspect of "porcelain and 3D printing". The Museum of Decorative Arts is continuously working on a new presentation of its holdings, corresponding to the diversity of the collection parts in different formats. The European porcelains and faiences of the 18th century form a core area of the museum and are of outstanding quality.

Their new presentation within the historical tour borders directly on the Cabinet of Rococo Fashion and Accessories, which was newly established in 2014, so that many cross-references arise here.

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The exhibition/museum can also be visited with the Museumspass Berlin (3-day ticket). Book here: