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This year’s first temporary exhibition of the Herend Porcelain Museum was ceremonially opened, presenting contemporary porcelain works of art from the Manufactory’s sample collection.

The large number of guests was greeted by Dr. Attila Simon, CEO of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory Ltd. In his speech, he emphasized the Manufactory’s innovative aspirations and openness to modern ideas. He stressed that those who are unable to do so cannot stay at the forefront. Herend has been at the forefront of collaborating with contemporary artists for decades, exemplified by the symposia set up by the Manufactory, and by the fact that it welcomes students from art colleges who want to write their thesis or do their summer internship in Herend. The first pieces of Herend porcelain works of art, the sample works that have been made over decades, are now on display.

The exhibition was opened by Ákos Tamás, designer-maker of the Manufactory. The main thought of his speech was about the pursuit of continuous renewal, he sees this as the key to the Manufactory’s world-leading position. As he said: “One of the main mottos of the Manufactory, the thought of the duality of tradition and innovation can be well seen in several pieces of the exhibition. These forward-looking, fresh-minded, unique creations, which also bridge generational differences, are very important to such a global company, especially because as an island rising from the automated sea of the 21st century, the Herend Porcelain Manufactory remains determined to preserve its sophisticated craft traditions.”

The contemporary pieces can be seen until mid-August in the temporary exhibition space of the Herend Porcelain Museum.

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