The Herend Porcelain Museum is waiting to reopen its doors after the emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic and receive visitors to show its developments, the renewed interactive interiors completed at the end of last year after nearly a year of work, partly supported by the Kubinyi Program.
The Herend Porcelain Manufactory is not only a successful business company, but also a community with a cultural mission, whose task is to preserve, enrich and pass on porcelain art values to future generations. The Herend Porcelain Manufactory, together with the Herend Porcelain Museum, organizes 10-12 porcelain exhibitions a year both in Hungary and abroad, thus significantly contributing to a positive country image. If we pronounce the word Herend anywhere in the world, it is a synonym for the world-famous, high-quality, unique, hand-made Herend porcelain. Herend is a porcelain brand known and recognized for its artistic value all over the world.
The last Herend porcelain exhibition before the coronavirus pandemic opened in January this year at the Triangulum Gallery in Győr in the presence of many visitors. The Herend Porcelain Museum is waiting to reopen its doors after the emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic and receive visitors to show its developments, the renewed interactive interiors completed at the end of last year after nearly a year of work, partly supported by the Kubinyi Program.
The Herend Porcelain Museum, one of the most visited rural museums in Hungary, which has already won the Museum of the Year award, has undergone significant development once again, so that visitors can leave with unforgettable experiences and those who return can be enriched with new experiences.
“The 21st century requires the provision of new kinds of museum experiences from cultural institutions. Today’s generations need to be addressed differently than we did 30-40 years ago. Innovation must also reach museums, and the transfer of knowledge and know-how must be accompanied by experiences. To incorporate the love of porcelain into the socialization process of today’s young people, it is no longer enough that they only see the untouchable porcelain items of old times under glass covers but today is required a living connection between works of art and their visitors as well that we can facilitate using interactive tools to create a useful pastime for visitors. If museum visitors spend more time in the museum spaces enriching with entertaining experiences, they will be happy to think about the time spent in the Herend Porcelain Museum years later, to pass on their memories to others, and to surround themselves with Herend porcelain, one of the values of Hungarian crafts.” – Dr. Attila Simon, CEO of the maintainer Herend Porcelain Manufactory Ltd. said. In the spirit of this thought, new interactive interiors have been created in the Herend Porcelain Museum.
The late-classicist, two-storey building of the Herend Porcelain Museum has been a destination for visitors to Herend for many decades. The first Herend porcelain pieces were born within these walls, this is the today listed building in which the founder began his attempts to produce porcelain in 1826. Within these historic walls, where Mór Farkasházy Fischer, who made the Herend Porcelain Manufactory flourish, lived and created, was the showroom for the company’s products back in the 19th century. In 1964, it received an official museum license and opened its doors to the public as the main showcase for 19th-century Herend porcelain. It was renovated and modernized in the 1970s, and in 2000, after a complete renovation of the exterior and interior, a new permanent exhibition was installed with renewed interiors, thus worthily joining the Herend Porcelanium opened at that time.
Following the developments of the last half century, we can now report with pleasure and pride the new development. The museum’s exhibition spaces have become interactive and been renewed to suit the needs of the age.
The novelties start as soon as you enter: visitors are greeted by new magnetic puzzle games, and by browsing archive recordings on the touch screen, they can immerse themselves in the nearly two hundred-year history of the Manufactory. They can become acquainted with the life of the former factory and the processes of porcelain making. Those obsessed with Herend porcelain can test their knowledge in quizzes and memory games.
An industrial monument is a former kiln for firing porcelain, inside which visitors can watch an animated short film. Through the film, they can experience the hard physical work that had to be performed by fire masters until the 1960s, when electric kilns were installed.
Entering the elegant exhibition spaces, a new exhibition image greets visitors. Upstairs, built-in tablets help you get to know the exhibits. Another interactive special feature is 360-degree object panoramas of some highlighted Herend porcelain works of art. The Far Eastern Room guides visitors through the Chinoiserie porcelain items of Herend and the special decorations by Mór Fischer with the help of works of art, while an installation (a set table) and touchscreen information evoke the dining culture of the mid-19th century. Visitors can learn the basics of the art of table setting with a set compilation game. Using the pattern designing application, only your imagination can set a limit to the creation of a unique Herend set, which you can then send yourself via email as a kind of souvenir. A research booklet has also been made for primary school students, which can also be used during museum educational sessions.