Delicate, colorful, and distinctive, Lladró porcelain pieces always seem to belong in a museum. Starting today, two prominent ceramics by the Spanish brand will be featured at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Part of the exhibition, Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics, the pieces document the brand’s innovative approach to a traditional medium.
The exhibition, which runs through September 13, 2009, features more than 200 objects from 18 countries, all of which showcase how artists and designers are re-imagining industrial design. Along with objects from designers including Bernardaud, Nympehnburg, Kjell Rylander, and Hella Jongerius, the Lladró pieces display the radical shift in the notion of ceramics in modern life.
The museum’s guest curator Marek Cecula chose the Lladró creations: Re-Deco oval mirror and Eqqus Collection breakfast set. The mirror highlights the concept of how a classic piece can evolve into a new decoration and take on a new sense, as the function mirror is flanked by three separate Lladró sculptures. Similarly, the Equus Collection objects, created by Bodo Sperlein, fuse the idea of humor with functionality— the dishes sprouting horse-heads as stands and colored in grey.