With the help of the Hungarian Embassy in Shanghai, the Shanghai Museum of Fine Arts and the Chinese partner of the company, the world-famous Hungarian Herendi Porcelain Manufacture, opened an exhibition to introduce an important aspect of Hungarian culture to the public in Shanghai, China.
According to Herend, the fine craftsmanship of the Hungarian porcelain manufacture is introduced in China as a standalone exhibition for the first time. The exhibition can be visited in the former Madier Villa. The snow-white building was designed by László Hudec and built in 1922 for French silk trader H. Madier. Throughout history, the building also served as the residency of the first mayor of Shanghai, Chen Yi, but these days, the building is home to the Shanghai Museum of Fine Arts.
According to Hellómagyar, László Hudec, the Hungarian architect, designed over a hundred buildings in Shanghai during his career there between 1918 and 1947.
Travelo quotes Dr Attila Simon who said that in the last decade, nearly 150 Herendi cultural exhibitions have been opened around the globe, helping Hungary build a positive image abroad.
The Shanghai exhibition shows over a hundred pieces of fine porcelain showcasing the beautiful art and craftsmanship of the world-renowned manufacture, with some of the most beautiful decorations the manufacture can offer.
Visitors can see the Victorian, Apponyi, Rothschild, and Royal Garden porcelain sets, among others. Herend adds that the “location has obligations,” so they are also showcasing their porcelain set decorated with Chinese iconography, designed in the 19th century.
The festive exhibition evoking the atmosphere of Christmas and the Chinese New Year awaits visitors with guided tours for about a month, until the middle of December.
In the coming weeks, guided tours will be held for diplomats, businesspeople, members of the Hungarian diaspora in Shanghai, and the students of the Hungarian department of the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).
The exhibition was opened a few days ago with a private event organised for the leaders of cultural and business life. Among others, Szilárd Bolla, the consul general, and Zhang Xinyi, the director of the museum, were at the opening of the exhibition which, according to Herend, was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Source: Travelo.hu, Herend.com, Hellómagyar.hu