In the Netherlands, Meissen porcelain is often regarded as ‘high-class kitsch’. Its sumptuous, often narrative style of decoration puts it at odds with the minimalistic and conceptual traditions of Modernism. Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) was commissioned by Kunsthal KAdE to design an ideal contemporary three-dimensional setting in which to present the porcelain such that it would challenge this prejudice and focus attention on the great sculptural, artistic and technical strengths of Meissen. In response, SO – IL has designed 32 modern, geometrically shaped showcases in bright colors and with ‘pointed tops’. These showcases not only serve the Meissen objects also autonomous in character.
More images by Iwan Baan and information after the break.
Architect: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Client: University Utrecht
Consultants: ABT Adviseurs; Huygen Installatieadviseurs bv; Heijmans-IBC Bouw bv
Acoustic Advisor: Adviesbureau Peutz & Associates bv
Façade Advisor: Permasteelisa Central Europe bv
Project Area: 36,250 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Jan Bitter & Andrea Giannotti