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Frick opens porcelain exhibition

Inclusive of pieces from the renowned Meissen manufactory, The Frick presents a year-long exhibition on porcelain

The Frick presents a year-long exhibition – Porcelain, No Simple Matter - exploring the complex history of making, collecting, and displaying porcelain.

Included are 130 pieces from the renowned Arnhold collection produced by Royal Meissen, Europe’s premiere porcelain manufacturer, which led the ceramic industry in Europe, both scientifically and artistically, during the early to mid-eighteenth century.

Most of the works date from 1720 to 1745 and were selected by New York−based sculptor Arlene Shechet, whose work often deals directly with the subject and medium of porcelain.

Twelve works in the exhibition are Shechet’s own thought-provoking yet whimsical sculptures — exuberant porcelain she made during a series of residencies at the Meissen manufactory in 2012 and 2013.

Designed by Shechet, the exhibition avoids the typical chronological or thematic order of most installations in favour of a personal and imaginative approach that creates an intriguing dialogue between the historical and the contemporary.

With nature as the dominant theme, the exhibition is presented in the Frick’s Portico Gallery, which overlooks the museum’s historic Fifth Avenue Garden.

Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection is organised by Charlotte Vignon, Curator of Decorative Arts, The Frick Collection.

Major support for the exhibition is generously provided by Chuck and Deborah Royce, Melinda and Paul Sullivan, Margot and Jerry Bogert, and Monika McLennan. A fully illustrated booklet featuring installation views and a conversation with Arnhold, Shechet, and Vignon will be available in July.
The exhibition will run through April 2, 2017, at the Frick Collection, New York.

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