Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Finnish and German ceramic art exhibition in Ludwigsburg

The exhibition opening ceremony was held in this rococo era butter cream cake room.

Our exhibition trip to Ludwigsburg castle was successful and fun. During the four days in Ludwigsburg we walked around the beautiful garden and set up the exhibition. The castle was possible to see only as a part of an official guided tour and it was fascinating to hear stories about the royals who lived in the palace and to see how the eras changed the interior decorations. One room from the rococo era was decorated with so much gold that it was too much to take down for fashion – luckily and amazingly! Still, probably the most interesting nook of the castle was the queen's theatre. Somehow and because of the several eventful plot twists the stage machinery was original and it has survived until this day. 

The opening ceremony was beautiful and surprisingly formal comparing to the Finnish and the American exhibition openings I've been to: here, speeches were given and live baroque music was played. After the opening we took a stroll along the corridor of the Ceramics Museum and enjoyed the massive collection of ceramic art and local Ludwisgburg porcelain. The queen of the castle was a china painter herself and few of her grisaille plates were exhibited too.

Peter Wichmann's intriguing raku artworks
Heide Nonnenmacher's and Ute Beck's beautiful and detailed artworks
Kenji Fuchiwaki's studio is located at the Ludwigsburgs castle right next to the historical ceramics museum. Ateljé jealousy was inevitable!

For the successful exhibition and the opening, I would like to thank Kenji Fuchiwaki for welcoming us to Ludwigsburg, showing us around in the castle's ceramic museum, and letting us to take a peek in his studio space. I would also like to thank Heide Nonnenmacher and our other German colleagues for such a big amount of work! Thank you for making us Finnish artists feel like honoured guests!

Photos by Nino Hynninen.