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Fondazione Prada launches new exhibitions

FROM the end of January, two new exhibitions will be presented at Fondazione Prada in Milan, showcasing the works of a solo artist, in “Storytelling” and also displaying incredible Chinese export porcelain, as part of “The Porcelain Room.”

Fondazione Prada - Storytelling

Liu Ye The Goddess, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 45 cm, Private Collection, Berlin

“Storytelling” is a collection of the works of Chinese painter Liu Ye, with curation by Udo Kittelmann. The exhibit houses 35 paintings, dated from 1992 onwards, and places emphasis on the contrast between the structural minimalism of the Fondazione Prada’s walls, and the soft and sensually intricate palette used by Ye.

Fondazione Prada - Storytelling

Liu Ye, Bauhaus No.5, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 15.1 x 20 cm, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection

With “Storytelling” located in the venue’s Nord Gallery, the gallery is also showing “The Porcelain Room,” which places Chinese export porcelain in a historical context, and measures and scope and impact that the design style has had.

Fondazione Prada - The Porcelain Room

Pair of chrysanthemum flower-shaped tureens with covers, Qing dynasty, 1735-1745, China. Porcelain decorated in overglaze famille rose enamels and gold, 23.5 x 25.5 x 25.5 cm, RA Collection. Photograph: Richard Valencia

“The Porcelain Room” is curated by Jorge Welsh and Luísa Vinhais, and highlights porcelain from the 16th to 19th centuries. The pieces have been shared amongst different religions, community groups and markets, and the 1,700 piece exhibition serves as a reference point for the general public to admire the craftsmanship behind these pieces, located on the 4th floor of the Torre.

Fondazione Prada - The Porcelain Room

Jar with the arms of Cardinal D. João Cosme da Cunha e Távora, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722), Jingdezhen kilns, Jiangxi Province, China. Porcelain decorated in underglaze powder blue, overglaze iron red and blue enamels, and gold. H: 30.5cm, RA Collection. Photograph: Richard Valencia

“The Porcelain Room” and “Storytelling” will be available to view from the 30 January to 28 September 2020, at the Fondazione Prada in Milan. More information can be found here: http://www.fondazioneprada.org/?lang=en

by Simone Williams

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