MeissenLabs #1: Making-of 24. May 2023

How did handmade luxury products reconcile with socialist ideology? Who bought Meissen porcelain, and where? What international relationships were cemented, and what diplomatic role did porcelain play? Did “Manu” workers enjoy special privileges, and were artists given free expressive rein?

A broad range of questions occupied both the Porcelain Collection workers and the members of the FUTUR III youth advisory board, who only know the days of German division from their history books. The topics covered by MeissenLab were selected at an informal discussion in August 2022 in Dresden’s Zwinger, partly inspired by original pieces found in the depot.

Meissenlabs: Making-of

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