Works by the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, which have never been seen together before, attracted many visitors to the opening ceremony of the exhibition “In Herend’s Embrace” at Triangulum Gallery in Győr on Friday, January 17, under the patronage of Diocesan András Veres.
Visitors were greeted by Sándor Cseh, Director of the Diocesan Wealth Management of the Diocese of Győr, and Dr Attila Simon, CEO of the Manufactory.
“Porcelain is a fine work of art. Real art, reflecting beauty, brings joy to man, lifts the soul, and can lead to the love of the Creator God” – Diocesan András Veres defined the essence of real art.
Dr Attila Simon, CEO of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, gave a presentation of Herend’s unmatched diversity and reputation in the world, supported by figures. The triumph began with the first World Exhibition in London in 1851, where Queen Victoria ordered an entire Herend set for her palace giving the Victoria pattern, painted with popular Herend butterflies, its name. The CEO highlighted that the Manufactory is the only Hungarian brand so far to exhibit at the Kremlin, back in 2008.
The exhibition features nearly 400 porcelain items. An outstanding piece among sacred works is an ornamental bowl, painted with one of the most important historical relics of the Hungarians, the herm of Saint Ladislaus, made by György Farkasréti for the 1100th anniversary of the Hungarian Conquest. Another work is the Icon of the God-bearing Virgin Mary from 2014. In the figurines of a chess set, we can identify prominent historical figures: King Stephen, Queen Gisela, and Cardinal Mindszenty. In the arched room, there is a laid table with Herend porcelain sets from past and present creations.
The opening ceremony was honoured by the presence of Sato Kuni, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Hungary; Vicar General László Németh; Ferenc Reisner, Rector of the János Brenner College of Theology and Priesthood Institute; Zoltán Kovács, Member of Parliament; Zoltán Németh, President of Győr-Moson-Sopron County Government; former deputy mayor Tivadar Somogyi, and János Kiss, Director of the Ballet Company of Győr.