The Porcelain Room – Chinese Export Porcelain at Fondazione Prada, Milan, January 30 – September 28, 2020

The Porcelain Room brings together examples of porcelains made from the 16th to the 19th centuries for different markets, religions, and social groups. The project illustrates how efficient the Chinese were in understanding the taste and the demand of each segment of the market, and tailoring their production accordingly.

The Porcelain Room, on view on the 4th floor of Torre, gathers more than 1,700 individual Chinese export porcelains. The exhibition is part of a wide range of research that the foundation has undertaken, extending its activities to a plurality of expressive languages that cross the boundaries of contemporary art. Without creating hierarchies and distinctions between visual arts, craftsmanship, design and mass production, the exhibition emphasizes the creative value of the Chinese export porcelain by revealing its refined workmanship to a wider audience and not only to experts. The choice to set up The Porcelain Room in one of the exhibition spaces of Torre, which houses a selection of works from Collezione Prada, triggers a dialogue between contemporary and ancient art, a confrontation between collections of objects and installations from different cultural universes.” — Fondazione Prada

Exhibition views of The Porcelain Room – Chinese Export Porcelain. Curated by Jorge Welsh e Luísa Vinhais. Fondazione Prada, Milan. 1.30 – 9.28.2020. Photos: Delfino Sisto Legnanis. Courtesy Fondazione Prada.

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The exhibition is divided in three sections with the display devised by Tom Postma Design and conceived as a room within-a-room.