It has been a long standing tradition at the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory to collaborate with contemporary national and international artists. It’s how timeless classics like the Melon Service by Josef Hoffmann are created. Currently there is an artistic collaboration with porcelain artists Gudrun Gaube and Bärbel Thoelke.
After Bärbel Thoelke, born in Germany’s northern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, finished with her teaching position at the Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee, she created works for the prestigious porcelain factories KPM and Meissen. Her creations for the Vienna manufactory show a delicate play of colors, which she creates by pre-casting colored liquid casting material. The porcelains, reduced to simple forms, are paper thin and adorned with the same rich, picturesque colors.
Gudrun Gaube takes a different approach. Born in Saxony-Anhalt, she studied at the art academies Halle and Dresden and had already worked together with the likes of Ernst Barlach and Paul Scheurich. Gaube’s tools are the pen and the brush. With them, she adds to the repertoire of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory with new, unique decors reminiscent of the rich decorations of the 18th century.
Starting on 09/24/2015 and in cooperation with Augarten, the Arcanum gallery in Berlin will be showing works by Gudrun Gaube and Bärbel Thoelke. From November to February 2016, under the theme „Viennese Variations“, the works will be on display at Augarten in Vienna. Of course, individual pieces by the two artists can be purchased during the exhibitions in Berlin and Vienna.