Sunday, January 21, 2018

Victoria & Albert Museum

In the London Kensington, in Victoria & Albert Museum, at the 6th floor, there's three rooms with glass cabinets from floor to ceiling filled with ceramic objects. The museum has four million objects and I am sure that the ceramics department contains at least a million.

Divided by their origin, objects from Britain, Italy and Iran, to name a few, Josiah Wedgwood's Jasper is represented wastly, and of course Delft. Make sure to indulge V&A's collection browser finding subjects for your intrigue, and preparing your visit to the vastest possible ceramics collection. 

The Museum is the worlds largest museum for arts decoratifs and is a sight to be seen since it was build with the profits from the London world exhibition/The Great Exhibition in 1851, decorations partly of ceramics.

The museum offers residencies with a close connection to the collection, included Pauliina Pöllänen. Her residency period was followed by a remarkable exhibition in Design Museum in Helsinki.

My pick from the collection, considering my upcoming work, was Bernard Palissy's (1510-1589) nature mimicing pieces. His artworks are exhibited worldwide and it's remarkability considers every ceramics history glass given. 

French/Parisianized Plaissy's mould cast works of art are based on French medieval. Adopting his style, potteries in Fontainebleau and Normandy continued to make wares after Palissy in the 1700 century. Palissy, himself, studying for 16 years to receive the final outcome/insanity.

While prepairing my upcoming third solo exhibition published in April, and the nature mimicry, I can't ignore his legacy. (In addition to the Balschka glass flower collection in Harvard).