The Herend Porcelain Manufactory presented its most unique masterpieces at Eiffel Art Studios of the Hungarian State Opera.
The opening ceremony was held in the Locomotive Room of Eiffel Art Studios, where the speakers were backed by a 9-meter-high Christmas tree, on which about 500 Herend porcelain cups, depicting various patterns, were placed as ornaments. In their speeches, Szilveszter Ókovács, Director General of the Hungarian State Opera, and Dr. Attila Simon, CEO of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, introduced the institutions they lead. Even if their activities may seem different, they are united by the constant pursuit of the highest artistic quality.
The festive atmosphere was enhanced by the “Tea duet” performed from Ferenc Lehár’s play The Land of Smiles.
Not only the venue, but also the opening ceremony was unusual, as Herend porcelain appeared in several parts of the interior of Eiffel Art Studios. Guests, including His Excellency Mr. Otaka Masato, Ambassador of Japan to Hungary, could see the exhibits during a tour led by the Director General of the Hungarian State Opera. After Dr. Attila Simon had presented the Herend Porcelain Phoenix sculpture at the main entrance, a real curiosity considering its size and manufacturing technology, Szilveszter Ókovács shared some interesting details and stories in the corridors, auditoriums and backstage of the 137-year-old Opera. The time travel ended in the resting garden of Eiffel Art Studios called Oasis, where the large porcelain sculptures of Herend’s Carnival series lined up. With their unique Herend motifs, the works of art harmonized with the costumes of the Opera, exuding a carnival mood. The relaxed atmosphere of the walking opening ceremony was completed by the fact that the CEO of the Manufactory presented these special carnival figures one by one as good friends.