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NGV International, ” A Modern Life, Tablewares 1930–1980s”

Melbourne based Artist John Hinds recently made a generous donation of 20th Century commercial tableware to the NGV International Melbourne which is large component of an exhibition running currently entitled “A Modern Life, Tablewares 1930s-1980s” . It runs 30th March 2018 to January 2019.

The collection began when John had amassed op-shop ceramics to construct tiered cake stands. Although they were fabulous, they sold slowly, and he finally abandoned the project. After he had cleared away the dross, remaining were about  100 boldly patterned plates (mostly English & Japanese) from the 60s & 70s. These were donated  to The Powerhouse in Sydney and you can view them online HERE

As always happens, John kept on finding more objects, and the idea grew of donating a more comprehensive collection to National Gallery of Victoria.

The first donation was mainly ceramics. Names included Broadhurst, Wedgwood, Meakin, Mikasa, Midwinter, Arabia, Denby, Hornsea, Langley, Rosenthal and Portmeirion.

John worked on adding to the collection by amassing pieces from an alphabetical list of well known International Designers. Names such as Gerald Benney (UK) Susie Cooper (UK) Stig Lindberg (Sweden) Raymond Loewy (USA) David Mellor (UK) Keith Murray (NZ-UK) Jens Quistgaad (Denmark) Robert Welch (UK) Russel Wright (USA) and Eva Zeisel (USA).

Decorative Arts collections in most Australian museums until now have concentrated on the aristocratic and the rare, and none had a comprehensive survey of post war Modern Design – in particular tableware design.

The time had come to change this John believed, and with the collaboration of the NGV which is now more focused on design, and curator Amanda Dunsmore, the idea for the exhibition was developed with enthusiasm.

The result is this exhibition which provides an timely overview of  Modern Tableware Design, 1930s to 1980s.

NGV International, " A Modern Life, Tablewares 1930–1980s"

NGV International, ” A Modern Life, Tablewares 1930–1980s” – Photo Carmel O’Connor – Copyright – not for re-distribution.

The images below are of designs represented in the exhibition from previous posts on this site. You can preview the items presented in the NGV Exhibition HERE

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Louisiana Museum Denmark, Picasso Ceramics Exhibition

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark is holding an exhibition of the ceramics of Pablo Picasso from 1.2.2018 to 27.5.2018 in its 60th Anniversary year.

It has over 150 pieces by Picasso, and it is the first major exhibition in Scandinavia focusing on the later and lesser known Ceramics by Picasso – arguably the most important artist of the 20th Century.

This Museum page from the Louisiana, also has a well put together biography of Picasso worth reading.

More from the Museum website: Read more

Gutte Eriksen Exhibition, Clay Musuem Denmark

I was interested to read about an important exhibition coming up first thing in 2018 featuring the work of one of my favourite Danish Potters of the 20th Century – Gutte Eriksen.

The Clay Museum in Denmark has an exhibition running 17th January to 27th May 2018 celebrating the work of Gutte, who would have been 100 years old in 2018. A summary of the exhibition translated From the Clay Museum website: Read more