Since Tuesday the works of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory have been on display at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid, the first time they have been featured in an exhibition in Spain.
The exhibition entitled “Herend: The Art of Hungarian porcelain – Timeless elegance” showcases a selection of over 300 items for the general audience, from the over 200-year-long history of Hungarian handmade porcelain.
“Herend porcelain works are not merely beautiful functional objects, but also works of art that encapsulate the four ancient elements of fire, water, earth and air, and therefore the entire world itself,” said the CEO of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory at the festive opening of the exhibition on Monday evening.
Attila Simon stressed that the cultural mission of the manufactory is to disseminate the traditions and innovation represented by Herend porcelain.
As he put it, “for thousands of years, porcelain has served as a connection between people, cities and geographic regions,” therefore, every new exhibition is a celebration for us.
Visitors at the exhibition, which was realized through the involvement of the Hungarian embassy in Madrid, are offered a glimpse into the history of the Herend manufactory and the technology of porcelain-making, yet primarily encounter a rich diversity of shapes and tones.
The three most famous motifs of Viktória, Rotschild and Apponyi—who were eponymous commissioners of the manufactory—are also highlighted in the selection.
The product range of the handmade porcelain factory established 192 years ago at the foot of the Bakony Hills, now features over 16 thousands forms and 4 thousand designs. Every year, the manufactory produces 350–400 new products, some of which are exported to over 60 countries throughout the world.
The exhibition of the porcelain manufactory is open to the public until 13 January in the Spanish capital.