PRESS TEXT, 16th May 2017
AB43 Contemporary announces exclusive representation of MEISSEN artCAMPUS' contemporary art collection and presents a selection of works in Switzerland for the first time
"East meets West"
Opening reception: Saturday, 10th June 2017, 2pm - 5pm
Guided tour: Saturday, 10th June 2017, 4pm
Exhibition duration: 10th June - 15th July 2017
AB43 CONTEMPORARY, Orangerie, Im Park 2, Thalwil/Zürich
AB43 Contemporary is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with Europe’s first porcelain manufactory MEISSEN® and its artist in residence programme artCAMPUS. In an exhibition entitled "East meets West", AB43 will feature porcelain works by Ramin Haerizadeh (Iran), Rokni Haerizadeh (Iran), Ahmad Moualla (Syria), Khaled Al-Saai (Syria), Otto Piene (Germany), Anselm Reyle (Germany), and Daniel Spoerri (Rumania/Switzerland).
"Cooperating with external artists is of great importance to Meissen and an invigorating process. When fine white porcelain meets contemporary art, new masterpieces transpire. It is a great honour for us that renowned contemporary artists get so excited about our Meissen porcelain and really want to work with it. Together, we can enrich the art world and inspire with surprising creations ", says Georg Nussdorfer, Managing Director of the Manufactory Meissen.
"East meets West" will present a total of 18 porcelain pieces in a juxtaposition of works by Iranian brothers Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Syrian artists Ahmad Moualla and Khaled Al-Saai, with pieces by German artists Anselm Reyle and Otto Piene, and Rumanian/Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri. The seven artists chosen for the exhibition in Thalwil/Zurich form only small part of the entire collection of Meissen, which currently includes porcelain works by over 50 artists.
"As a gallery with a focus on contemporary art from the Middle East, we are committed to promoting cultural exchange. With the establishment of artCAMPUS in 2010 the German porcelain manufacturer Meissen has been actively supporting a contemporary examination of a traditional craft and a material, that still holds a unique position in the contemporary art market to date. With this partnership we are delighted to be able to present works by renowned international artists rarely seen outside the artCAMPUS to a wider audience," say Heidi and Franz Leupi, AB43 Contemporary.