Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN

February 26 – May 29, 2016

In 2011, 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.

 

Chris Antemann in collaboration with MEISSEN®
Covet, 2013

© Chris Antemann and MEISSEN Couture®

 
Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN© is organized by Chris Antemann in collaboration with MEISSEN©. The local presentation of this exhibition is curated by Stefano Catalani. Exhibition mirrors generously provided by Timeless Elegance, Estate Furniture & Fine Antiques.