Ber­lin be­decked by China’s pros­per­ous porce­lain past

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By CE­CILY LIU in Ber­lin ce­cily.liu@mail.chi­nadai­lyuk.com

More than 100 pieces of rare Chi­nese porce­lain are on dis­play at Ber­lin’s KPM Royal Porce­lain Fac­tory un­til Satur­day, daz­zling lo­cal au­di­ences with re­fined de­signs, beau­ti­ful colors and in­tri­cate crafts­man­ship.

The four-day ex­hi­bi­tion showed porce­lain bowls, vases, and other art­works, such as a porce­lain boat, pea­cock and neck­laces. Vis­i­tors could also see a live demon­stra­tion of porce­lain mak­ing.

Zhong Zhisheng, Party chief of Jingdezhen from Jiangxi prov­ince, fa­mous for its lon­gac­cu­mu­lated porce­lain-mak­ing his­tory, said: “Porce­lain is an im­por­tant am­bas­sador of Chi­nese cul­ture in­ter­na­tion­ally, a wit­ness to Chi­nese and Western cul­tural in­te­gra­tion and a bridge to our friend­ship with other coun­tries.”

The event, Porce­lain and Ceram­ics of Jingdezhen, was hosted by China’s State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice and the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Ger­many.

Porce­lain can also be used to make mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, so the ex­hi­bi­tion is ac­com­pa­nied by mu­sic per­for­mances us­ing such in­stru­ments.

Opened two days be­fore the G20 Sum­mit in Ham­burg, the ex­hi­bi­tion is part of a series of events in Ger­many fo­cus­ing on Chi­nese cul­ture.

Oth­ers in­clude an ex­hi­bi­tion on Chi­nese fig­ure paint­ings, an ex­hi­bi­tion on pan­das, Chi­nese mu­sic and dance con­certs and a Chi­nese lantern dis­play.

Porce­lain is al­ready very fa­mil­iar to in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences. From the 16th cen­tury on­ward, Chi­nese porce­lain has been ex­ported to Europe and has been man­u­fac­tured in Europe since around 1700.

It was also one of the Chi­nese ex­ports that spread via trade routes such as the Silk Road.

Fer­di­nand von Richthofen, a 19 th cen­tury Ger­man ex­plorer, who was also a pro­fes­sor of ge­og­ra­phy at the Univer­sity of Ber­lin, was the one of the first peo­ple to de­fine the con­cept of the Silk Road in his book China: The Re­sults of My Trav­els and the Stud­ies Based Thereon.

In 1869, von Richthofen vis­ited Jingdezhen to study porce­lain, giv­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion in Ber­lin a par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance, Zhong said.

Jorg Wolt­mann, CEO of KPM Royal Porce­lain Fac­tory, said porce­lain from Jingdezhen spread along the an­cient Silk Road to Europe.

“It brought eco­nomic pros­per­ity, and brought cul­tural un­der­stand­ing, leav­ing a legacy of many mov­ing sto­ries and friend­ships.”

SHAN YUQI / XIN­HUA

A Chi­nese artist demon­strates a porce­lain mu­si­cal in­stru­ment at an ex­hi­bi­tion in Ber­lin, on Thurs­day, form­ing part of a series of Chi­nese cul­tural events in Ger­many.

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