An important slice of Hungary’s cultural heritage is presented at the former Madier villa, designed by László Hudec, with the works of art and special support of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory Ltd., in cooperation with the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai, the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum and Herend’s Chinese partner.
“Herend porcelain masterpieces are presented for the first time in an independent art exhibition in the Far Eastern country. The exhibition is organically connected to the cultural mission of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, in the framework of which about 150 Herend porcelain cultural exhibitions have been opened worldwide in the last decade, thus contributing to the building of a positive image of Hungary”, emphasized CEO Dr. Attila Simon.
At the exhibition, which features more than a hundred Herend porcelain works, visitors can admire the most famous patterns of the world-leading porcelain manufactory, including Victoria, Apponyi, Rothschild, and Royal Garden sets. At the same time, adapting the venue, Herend services decorated with 19th-century Chinese patterns are an integral part of the exhibition. The unique exhibition has begun on November 19, 2021 with a private opening ceremony. From November 20 to mid-December, visitors can view the exhibition in the festive atmosphere of the upcoming Christmas and the following Chinese New Year period, and take part in guided tours.
Built in 1922 and designed by László Hudec, the snow-white villa was built for the former French silk merchant H. Madier and later served as the residence of Chen Yi, the first mayor of Shanghai. Today, the elegant villa is home to the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum.
Representatives of cultural and business life attended the opening ceremony. Consul General Szilárd Bolla from the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai and Zhang Xinyi, Director of the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum, gave a speech, followed by a reading of greetings from Dr. Attila Simon, CEO of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory Ltd. The speeches were followed by a ribbon-cutting according to the Chinese protocol, and then a guided tour was given to the guests. In the coming weeks, there will be guided tours for local diplomats, businessmen, the Hungarian community in Shanghai, and the students majoring in Hungarian at the Shanghai University of International Studies.