Anna Barlow - in France, Porcelain best place. Upcoming show ‘Ceramiques Gourmandes’ from June 21, 2019 to April 2020
When art becomes epicurean, voracious, pie-eyed with the pleasures of the palate—inventing dishes, desserts, pieces montées or banquet scenes—sinking its teeth into an examination of our relationship with food (guilty, sensual, problematic)—we have Céramiques gourmandes, an exhibition cooked up by the Fondation Bernardaud, featuring fourteen international artists with a taste for ceramic: the crème de la crème!
Fired clay and fine fare have long been companions. Gustatory pleasure has inspired artists in every era: what we eat says so much about humankind, its environment and its excesses. The feasts we see here are technical feats, to be savored visually, virtually. Like a mouthwatering promise. You can almost hear the “mmmm”s, “yum”s, and “more”s.
In the 18th century, during the vogue for naturalism, ceramicists played with trompe l’oeil. Fantasies in faience and porcelain, decorated plates or trick displays, were wildly popular through Europe—England, Hungary, Germany, and France. There were reproductions of radishes, artichoke quarters, and hard-boiled eggs, sometimes doused in mayonnaise. Kilns yielded compotiers full of olives and bouchées à la reine. There were terrines in the form of pheasants, ducks, roosters; plates disguised as hearts of lettuce or bunches of asparagus; bonbonnières as lemons. Bestiary and kitchen garden were called upon to decorate festal tables.
Delectation is always a question of taste. Gluttons are scourged; gourmets’ refinement encouraged. What we eat reveals what we are. And in our consumer societies, now grown obese, the question of food is at the heart of sanitary, political, and ecological issues.
Olivier Castaing, Exhibition curator
Hélène Huret, Director of the Fondation Bernardaud
About Maison Bernardaud
After working with Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Jean Lurcat, Marjane Satrapi, Jeff Koons, Sophie Calle, David Lynch, Joan Miro, or Iris Apfel. La Maison Bernardaud has always been keen on working with talented artists.
PORCELAIN: THE MATERIAL THAT KNOWS NO LIMITS
A salute to porcelain
Each new Bernardaud collection offers fresh evidence that this refined material with unexpected properties is redefining style in the world of fine china. Contemporary and bold, the brand inspires designers and encourages artists to venture into unknown territory.
Each creation bearing the Bernardaud mark, whether dinnerware service, jewelry, furniture or a light fixture, is intended to bring simple luxury to everyday life. Two thousand years after it was first discovered, porcelain remains as remarkable as ever. Bernardaud perpetuates and diversifies traditional skills and techniques, preserving a valuable component of France’s cultural heritage. The company never stops reinventing the art and craft of making porcelain.
Exploring new territory
It’s easy to see what porcelain brings to the table! Its individual place settings are complemented by serving platters, soup tureens, tea and coffee services and other accessories. Bernardaud has designed and manufactured tableware for everyday use since 1863, while constantly refreshing its inspiration.
In an ongoing quest to explore the possibilities of its signature material, Bernardaud capitalizes on its traditional expertise to explore new avenues. The company calls on designers to find new applications and artists to create works of art using ‘‘white gold’’ as their medium. While catering to true connoisseurs, Bernardaud now reaches those who are unfamiliar with porcelain or can only imagine its more conventional uses. Bernardaud encourages everyone to (re)discover their favorite material via its own broad array of decorative objects and art works, and to incorporate these simple luxuries into their daily life.
Real daring: to thine own self be true
Bernardaud fully integrates porcelain into every area of modern lifestyle: the decorative arts (with beautiful objects for the home, furniture and light fixtures), personal adornment (jewelry) and innovative tableware and art works created by contemporary artists under the auspices of the Fondation Bernardaud. Porcelain is ubiquitous and appears where least expected.
In an industry often dominated by marketing strategy, Bernardaud remains true to its unique philosophy, which is to take the market pulse, then operate on intuition and experience. Real daring means following your own star!
Chris Antemann (USA)
Bachelot & Caron (France)
Anna Barlow (UK)
Charlotte Coquen (France)
Christina Erives (Mexico)
Jae Yong Kim (Korea)
Juujuu Kim (Korea)
Yuko Kuramatsu (Japan)
Kaori Kurihara (Japan)
Shayna Leib (USA)
Susan Nemeth (UK)
Marie Rancillac (France)
Dong Won Shin (Korea)
Jessica Stoller (USA)
Contact Presse Hélène Huret : hhuret(at)bernardaud.com
Exhibition from June 21, 2019 to March 28, 2020
FONDATION BERNARDAUD - 27, avenue Albert Thomas, 87000 Limoges (France)
Opening hoursJune 1 to Sept. 30:Guided tours are available every day except Sunday, including on national holidays.Tours are given at regular intervals between 9.45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. A tour lasts about an hour and a quarter.It is advisable to book in advance.During the rest of the year, tours must be booked in advance.Entrance tickets:Adult: 6€Children under 18 and Art school students: free of charge.
Read the full article here : https://www.bernardaud.com/en-gb/gb/news/exposition-ceramiques-gourmandes