Last Thursday, the Cummer unveiled the newly renovated Betsy and William D. Lovett Gallery and opened a new exhibition On the Silk Road: Chinese Ceramics, Culture and Commerce to our members. Over 300 people attended the event. Those in attendance received the first look at the completed reinstallation of the museum’s Ralph H. and Constance I. Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain and to accompany it a new 600-page catalogue of the collection. The renovation of this gallery has been underway since February and with much anticipation is now open to the public as a permanent display. The reinstallation presents the collection in a manner that is more reminiscent of traditional 18th century displays but with a modern interpretation. New interactive experiences designed by Wingard Creative, including a Meissen “app” and podcast have also been incorporated into the gallery.
The exhibition On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce is organized by the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida. It is on view through August 14, 2011, in the museum’s Minerva and Raymond K. Mason Gallery and consists of more than 70 examples of the goods that inspired Meissen artisans from the Doris and Leo Hodroff collection. Featuring pieces adorned with traditional Western and Eastern designs such as the mille-fleur motif, the exhibition tells the story of why Chinese ceramics were so special back at home and abroad.
Both the Lovett Gallery and the Silk Road exhibition are opened to the public. Come and check out the new installations, publication and technology today.