Here Prada launches another exhibition ready to sharpen the thought on the meaning of collecting. 1700 pieces of Chinese porcelain are on exhibit at the Foundation with their worldwide creative value. These very rare and precious series of oriental design pieces have a very ancient history. Although Chinese ceramics were already well known outside China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and reached Europe as early as the beginning of the 14th century, the export of porcelain was a process of considerable increase only after the opening of sea routes to the East by the Portuguese in 1513.
Although the world of refined objects may seem a world that can only be explored by experts, the exhibition curated by Jorge Welsh and Luísa Vinhais opens with extreme spontaneity to a very wide audience, presenting a collection of aesthetically ornate ceramics that are a bridge between the past and the future.
The exhibition is set up on the fourth floor of the Tower, among permanent works belonging to the Prada Collection. Brown velvet and gold-coloured castings determine the exhibition path of The Porcelain Room - which is to all intents and purposes a journey among porcelain from the Ming dynasty, decorated with European iconographic elements and made between the beginning of the 16th century and the middle of the 17th century; "First Orders" 45 elements (a term usually attributed to the first commissions of Chinese porcelain by the Portuguese after their arrival in China); Chinese tableware and everyday objects with natural forms; and Chinese installations dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, created for the rooms of European palaces and aristocratic houses.
In an intimate and warm space, Fondazione Prada brings to Milan an artistic itinerary of inestimable value, today a world history heritage.