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THE PORZELLANMUSEUM IM AUGARTEN
WILL REOPEN ON MAY 3, 2021
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK!
Our current exhibition MY SAFE PLACE will be extended until October 8, 2021
In the new exhibition EARTH + FIRE, curated by Alice Stori Liechtenstein at Schloss Hollenegg for Design in southern Styria, ceramic furnishings as well as porcelain services and decorations from the 17th to the 19th centuries enter into exciting conversations with the ceramic works of 22 contemporary designers. The dialogues between 21st century ceramic objects and the ambience of the Schloss inspire questions of intentions, techniques, forms of expression and ideas of different eras.
At the same time, the artist Marie Janssen offers insights into the creation of a ceramic installation in the nearby woods. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to witness the making of her fountain in the shape of an (ear) shell, which will finally be given to the community.
The Augarten Porcelain Manufactory and the Porcelain Museum have been invited to participate in the intervention of contemporary design objects and historical porcelain in the winter dining room at Schloss Hollenegg. The sculpture Winter by the Flemish ceramic artist Johan Creten and the Charta candlesticks designed by Studio Palatin focus on the impact of pure white porcelain with its biscuit and glazed surfaces. A Vienna porcelain vase from 1755, playfully decorated with sculptural blossoms, transfers the splendor of the surrounding nature into the interior, a concept omnipresent in the Rococo period. The table is set with porcelain designs by and after Josef Hoffmann in a dialogue with the Liechtenstein family´s own porcelain service, made at the Augarten manufactory in the mid 20th century and painted with garden flowers after a model from c. 1730.
The exhibition will be open to the public on three weekends from Saturday, 15 May 2021.
A catalogue in English will be published to accompany the exhibition.
Please find further information on virtual events, opening hours and more at www.schlosshollenegg.at/
Katie Stout/ photo: Joe Kramm
Teresa Berger/ photo: Teresa Berger
DANIEL SPOERRI AT THE AUGARTEN
A Moment from Life
In 2016, Daniel Spoerri (b. 1930) has created a Tableau piège for the Augarten Porcelain Museum´s special exhibtion rund&bunt (round&colourful) which celebrated the history of plate designs. This work was developed in collaboration with the museum's former director Marina Yolbulur-Nissim who was also one of the guests at the artist´s coffee table.
The Tableau piège is currently displayed again in the shop of the Viennese Augarten Porcelain Manufactory at the Augarten, on the occasion of the retrospective at the Bank Austria Kunstforum Vienna (until 27 June 2021).
Spoerri was the founder of Eat Art, an artistic movement of the 1960s and 70s which sought to raise everyday things, whether under- or over-valued, to the level of a work of art.
Created here with the famous Melon coffee service designed in 1929 by Josef Hoffmann, Spoerri´s "trap pictures" (piège = trap) play on the fortuity of a moment experienced by a group gathered for social converse around a table. After the guests have left, the table top is kept undisturbed and put into the classic position of a painting: a state determined by chance is transferred into the "trap" of fixity. Both literally and symbolically, this procedure opens up a new perspective on the value of the fortuitous and also of the cyclical character of human phenomena: cooking and eating, or living and passing away.
International Women´s Day 2021
THE WOMEN OF THE AUGARTEN PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY
The manufactory´s photo archive contains a large number of historical photos portraying women from the 1920s to the 1960s, casting, glazing, garnishing, painting or modelling porcelain. A friendly orchestrated togetherness can be felt, and often also a quiet, focused atmosphere. In some periods of the 20th century, the director had banned speaking in the workshops.
As early as 1923, female sculptors and painters were employed at the new manufactory. Their ideas, designs and models were transformed into porcelain with the utmost care by the workers. Success still lies in each and every hand involved in the manufacturing process. Some of the artists had just completed their training at the Vienna School of Applied Arts, others had already established their own workshops, half a century before women were able to take up a profession without the consent of their husbands. Many artists were members of the Austrian Women Artists Association or the Viennese Women´s Art Association and regularly participated in group exhibitions. Ena Rottenberg and Hertha Bucher, for example, showed their work, including objects commissioned by the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory, at the groundbreaking Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925.
The chronicle of women´s rights in Austria shows how novel these opportunities were.
In 1911, the first International Women´s Day took place, and it was not until 1918 that women´s right to vote was established in Austria. In 1919 girls were allowed to attend grammar schools. In 1920 the principle of equality was enshrined in the Austrian Federal Constitution, and in 1925 a department for women´s work was founded in the Vienna Chamber of Labour. Many other important reforms were postponed by politics and ideologies for decades.
Mathilde Jaksch is one of those artists whose sculptural works show a strong presence and the modern self-image of her contemporaries. Her figures are level-headed, with a cryptic wit. They wear short hair and trousers, symbolic of their sense of freedom. Of the artist´s life data, only the year of birth, 1899, has survived. Little else has survived from Ena (Emma) Rottenberg´s (1893-1952) life; her extensive oeuvre is expressive and full of character. The story of Elfriede Teufelhart (c. 1929-2015), who left a legendary design for a tea service to the manufactory´s repertoire, is also lost. She was a contemporary of Ursula Klasmann (born 1930), who, as a courageous pioneer of design had taken the aesthetic helm of the manufactory from 1955 onwards.
The names of many of the manufactory´s female employees have been forgotten. Although particular porcelain shapes, figure models and painted decorations can be attributed to certain artists´names, most of their biographies have not been preserved. It is one of the tasks of the Augarten Porcelain Museum today to make the individual handwriting and point of view of the artists visible who shaped the style and face of production in their time.
Responding to the challenges was important for these women after and in between the wars of the 20th century. In their days, the ceramic craft was initially regarded as unobtrusive and inconspicuous, therefore suitable for women. Artists like Vally Wieselthier (1895-1945) and those already mentioned, but also Hildegarde Goldbach and many others had chosen the challenge. Their artistic legacy tells us of innovation, boldness and resistance to old structures, criticism and doubt. With the astonishingly sparkling, colourful optimism of self-created freedom.
#ChooseTheChallenge is the call of the 110th International Women´s Day 2021. It has many traditions.
The 10th Museum Anniversary
On June 21st 2011, the Augarten Porcelain Museum was ceremoniously opened with a cheerful summer party under the patronage of Margit Fischer, spouse of the then Federal President.
For ten years now, the museum has dedicated its special exhibitions to a wide variety of topics in the history of art and culture, but also to the lifestyle of the past and present in the context of porcelain as a unique material.
For the anniversary year, we have chosen an often-seen icon of the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory as a leitmotiv to encourage a glance behind the scenes of the all-too-familiar with its lesser known stories. The forward-looking rider and his Lipizzaner horse connect the times, they suit us.
The rider and his Lipizzaner will surprise you again and again in 2021.
ARIK BRAUER (1929 - 2021)
ARIK BRAUER (Vienna 4, January 1929 - 24 January 2021)
One of the rare universal artists of our time, Arik Brauer was a founding member of the Viennese School of Fantastic Realism, but also a poet, musician, singer, stage designer as well as a critical thinker and activist with seemingly boundless creative energy and a strong aesthetic and political alertness.
Arik Brauer found his life story, with all its hardships and happiness, to be his best teacher. Death is not to be feared, was his credo: "Death is a colourful, splendid moment."
In 1988, Arik Brauer created a décor in a special cobalt blue hue, called "Schönerblau", for the Vienna Augarten Porcelain Manufactory. The artist used figures and symbols from W. A. Mozart´s "Magic Flute", the opera of the Enlightenment for which Brauer had designed stage sets and costumes in 1975 for the Opéra national de Paris. The artist painted and signed the large floor vase, as well as a Passover seder plate with similarly designed fantastic creatures in the same year. Both objects are preserved in the collection of the Augarten Porcelain Museum.
"Music is the magic flute of humanity", said Arik Brauer, it can appease monsters, but perhaps not the worst ones. "Mozart knows that I have dances to his magic flute all my life."
He will be missed.