Porcelain by SO-IL

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Porcelain by SO-IL

New York architects SO-IL have designed these coloured acrylic display cases in geometric shapes to showcase pieces by German porcelain brand Meissen in an exhibition at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

Porcelain by SO-IL

The 32 boxes sit on MDF plinths and enclose figurine's from Meissen's archive, including designs from the eighteenth century.

Porcelain by SO-IL

An exhibition of SO-IL's work, entitled To Be Determined, is also on show at the galley.

Porcelain by SO-IL

The show continues until 28 August 2011.

Porcelain by SO-IL

Photographs are by Iwan Baan.

Porcelain by SO-IL

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Porcelain by SO-IL

The information below is from SO-IL:


MEISSEN X SO-IL

Porcelain by SO-IL

In the Netherlands, Meissen porcelain is often regarded as ‘high-class kitsch’.

Porcelain by SO-IL

Its sumptuous, often narrative style of decoration puts it at odds with the minimalistic and conceptual traditions of Modernism.

Porcelain by SO-IL

In this exhibition, KAdE seeks to challenge this prejudice and focus attention on the great sculptural, artistic and technical strengths of Meissen.

Porcelain by SO-IL

KAdE commissioned the Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) architectural office to design an ideal contemporary three-dimensional setting in which to present the porcelain.

Porcelain by SO-IL

In response, SO – IL has designed 32 modern, geometrically shaped showcases in bright colours and with ‘pointed tops’.

Porcelain by SO-IL

The porcelain in the exhibition will be drawn from a number of sources, including the Von Klemperer collection, the Meissen factory collection and various private collections in England and Germany.

Porcelain by SO-IL

The exhibition will be accompanied by a book discussing both the porcelain and the architectural philosophy of SO – IL.

Porcelain by SO-IL

The exhibition will also include pieces from the Meissen factory collection which were produced in the 19th or 20th century but based on 18th-century models. Among these are various Commedia dell’arte figures (Brighella, Gondoliere, Arlecchino, Beltramo and Avvocato).

Porcelain by SO-IL

‘To Be Determined’ (above and below), a presentation of recent work by SO – IL, will take place in KAdE’s second floor exhibition space. In autumn 2010, it was on show in Studio X in Beijing.

Porcelain by SO-IL

  • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    Bold contrast. The figurines look like holograms!

  • vincent

    Yeah, they are nice, but it's all about the contrast, because the porcelain is kitschy as hell :). I saw them on the ArtAmsterdam fair.

  • http://www.boutique-homes.com marianaholiday

    I would totally display porcelain dolls in a brightly colored acrylic box if I didn't think it was so chintzy – but I guess that's why I need to go see the show!

  • kyle

    What is this? An exhibition of coloured glass, or porcelain?

  • Xeo

    Why can't it be both?