Exhibition | Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at Meissen
Chris Antemann in collaboration with Meissen®, Covet, 2013
©Chris Antemann and Meissen Couture®
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Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at Meissen
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 27 September 2014 — 19 April 2015
The Frick, Pittsburgh, 3 October 2015 — 10 January 2016
Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, 26 February — 29 May 2016
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 22 September 2016 — 5 February 2017
In 2012, Oregon-based sculptor Chris Antemann was invited to participate in the Art Studio program of the legendary Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. During the program she collaborated with the Meissen master artisans on unique pieces and a series of limited editions of her sculptures, resulting in a grand installation that reinvents and invigorates the great porcelain figurative tradition.
Using the Garden of Eden as her metaphor, the artist created a contemporary celebration of the 18th-century banqueting craze. Inspired by Meissen’s great historical model of Johann Joachim Kändler’s monumental Love Temple (1750), Antemann created her own 5-foot work. Stripping the original design back to its basic forms, she added her own figures, ornamentation, and flowers, as well as a special finial with three musicians to herald the guests to the banquet below. Employing her signature wit and formal references to classic Baroque Meissen figurines, Antemann has invented a new narrative on contemporary morality through her one-of-a-kind porcelain figures in a setting that evokes the decadence of Boucher and Watteau.