The Mikkel Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary with the international exhibition Meissen. The World in Porcelain.

Art Museum of Estonia
Mikkel Museum
Press release
23.05.2017

For the first time, it is possible to admire a selection of china figures and dishes from the Museum of MEISSEN® Art in Dresden, which is supplemented by valuable porcelain objects from the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia.

The exhibition Meissen. The World in Porcelain is a tribute to the collector Johannes Mikkel, whose donation to the Art Museum of Estonia makes up the permanent display of the Mikkel Museum, opened in 1997 in the former kitchen building of the palace. The choice of objects on display is based on Johannes Mikkel’s collection, so we have picked only those items from the collection of the Meissen porcelain factory’s museum which the collector himself would certainly have loved to see in his collection. The exhibition shows all or the majority of articles from the series that are represented in Mikkel’s collection by only one or two items. Thus, the exhibition serves as a kind of expansion of the permanent display, helping the visitor understand Johannes Mikkel’s great admiration for Meissen china. You can admire the famous “Monkey Orchestra”, Johann Joachim Kändler’s renowned bird and animal figurines and a part of “The Large Russian Order”. The latter is a series of allegorical and mythological compositions commissioned by Catherine II to decorate a pavilion in the Oranienbaum Palace ensemble. These fragile and valuable items are lovely to behold and amaze us with the fine skills of their makers, while serving as witnesses to the political and social life, view of the world and aesthetic beliefs of their time.

The display includes a selection of dishes created on various themes and in various styles, as well as beloved Meissen porcelain sculptures from the collection of the Museum of MEISSEN® Art and the Art Museum of Estonia’s foreign applied art collection. Meissen is Europe’s oldest porcelain manufacturer, established at the time of Elector Augustus II the Strong in 1710 in the town of Meissen, near Dresden, the capital of Saxony. For more than three hundred years, the factory has been producing high-quality china dishes and figurines.

The exhibition dedicated to the Mikkel Museum’s 20th anniversary will remain open until 8 October.

The press album of the exhibition can be viewed here.

Curator: Aleksandra Murre
Designer: Mari Kurismaa
Graphic designer: Mari Kaljuste

With the support of: the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Tallinna Kaubamaja, the Nordic Hotel Forum and Jaanus Idla

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