Still running until May 2016: “Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN®” – touring exhibition in the USA
The American artist Chris Antemann and the MEISSEN® porcelain manufactory have been working in a creative and highly inspirational symbiosis with one another since 2011. The artworks, made from Meissen Porcelain®, which have been produced since that time in cooperation with MEISSEN® were inspired by the artist’s journey of discovery through the 300-year-long history of the manufactory. Thus, since collaboration began, wonderful pieces, including both unique items and pieces for limited-edition series‘, have been developed jointly for both collectors and Meissen Porcelain® enthusiasts alike. Each work reflects the artist’s sensuous dream world and her individual stylistic idiom, though the manufactory‘s unparalleled craftsmanship also equally finds an entirely new interpretation and development within them.
Each piece tells its own story, displays and parodies the sensual „game“ played between man and woman and bears the very same characteristic historic MEISSEN® pattern which has adorned cups and plates for centuries.
Since September 2014, the extensive touring exhibition “Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN®” has been making its way around various museums and arts centres across the U.S.A. The Portland Art Museum in Oregon was the first to display these unique creations, followed by The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh. Here, these wonderful pieces made from Meissen Porcelain® can still be admired until 10th January 2016, after which point the exhibits will be relocated to the Bellevue Arts Museum in the state of Washington, where they can be enjoyed by enthusiasts and collectors from 26th February to 29th May 2016.
The impressive touring exhibition comprises a total of 20 works produced by Chris Antemann in cooperation with MEISSEN®. The show‘s particular highlights are the artist’s unique pieces, including an enormous “Love Temple”, over 1.5m high and adorned with a dinner party scene, “Forbidden Fruit”, with the porcelain weighing in at a considerable 65kg. This magnificent vision is framed by two colossal fruit pyramids, “Tempted to Taste” and “Fruit of Knowledge”, both with a height of around 85cm. In addition, numerous series pieces from the “Antemann Dreams Collection” from both 2013 and 2014 make up the rich treasure trove that is this exhibition.
For 2016, Chris Antemann has created yet another breath-taking, colourful and richly painted edition of the “Antemann Dreams Collection”. Her forms are inspired by the crinoline groups of Johann Joachim Kaendler as well as his popular figurines from the Commedia dell'arte (“Comedy of Art”). Above all, this collection serves as a dedication from the artist to each member of her team at MEISSEN®, as an expression of her gratitude and, simultaneously, as a declaration of her love for the MEISSEN® archives. The five arrangements “Flora”, “Handkuss” (“Handkiss”) “ Zuckerbrot und Unterfangen” (“Sweetmeats & Underpinning”), “Maskerade” (“Masquerade”) and “Kartenspiel” (“Card Party”) will be limited to a covetous 8 pieces per object, and already made an enormous impact on an international scale at this year’s MEISSEN® VERNISSAGE in September 2015.