The Seven Worlds
When visiting the Leuchtenburg in the near future you will not just enter medieval times but you will also participate in a time travelling journey through the history of porcelain. The Prologue stands at the beginning of the seven exhibition worlds. A world that surprises with the play of art, nature and language about porcelain. Interesting interconnections to flora and fauna are produced.
Where does the name porcelain flower derive from? What does the cowry shell and porcelain have in common? And why does broken crockery bring you good luck? At the start of “The Porcelain Worlds”, visitors will be surprised by a play of art, nature, language and interesting cross-links with flora and fauna.
At first, a shadow theatre takes the visitors to far-away China – the country of origin of the “white gold”. From there, porcelain paved its way on old water and land merchant routes to the Royal Palaces and princely courts of Europe ending up in their cabinets of curiosities as very rare items. Precious Chinese porcelains report on the challenges and difficulties on those merchant routes.
An installation of such a cabinet of curiosities will eventually allow the visitor to drown into the courtly world of important porcelain collectors of those times and experience real wonders.
The “white gold” was very popular across Europe. For this reason, kings and noblemen searched tirelessly to find the formula for manufacturing porcelain. While a reconstructed alchemy lab records the know-how in the selection and composition of the right materials, visitors are invited to proof their technical talents at the kiln.
Making a minor mistake and the vase will crack and end up in the “Room of Failures” Here, numerous historical and modern items are represented that all “suffer” minor and major blemishes.
However, if the process is successful, the extraordinary can be achieved using porcelain: a vase being 8 metres tall and tableware measuring only a few millimetres – that is what visitors can get a stunning view of.
Precious porcelains of the early Thuringian manufactories make up the jewel of “The Precious”. A Baroque, feastfully set table is interpreted in a modern way. The visitor will become part of the Baroque world of Royals and noblemen, will get an idea of the importance of porcelain as a symbol of status and power and how all this changed the culture of dining. The highlight is an interpretation of a porcelain cabinet in a way as they were created at 18th century royal palaces.
A pink, wooden construction similar to a labyrinth will guide you into the fifth experience world. On the significant beams, designs including spray decorations, carefully modelled figurines, dolls and souvenirs illustrate how porcelain turned from an exclusive specimen of the 19th century into an affordable mass product for everyone. This room focuses on the role of Thuringian porcelain. At the end of the century, Thuringian manufactories were world-leading and Thuringian tableware, toys or insulators travelled around the globe.
The Archive of Wishes
The visitor enters a black room. The contours of the room disappear, making the visitor feel in space. Little by little words appear around the visitor. They start to become wishes. Suddenly, some china shatters and the wishes seem to disappear. Visitors are in the Archive of Wishes, can take a piece of china with them and eventually crash it at the end of the 20-metre-long Skywalk, the “Skywalk of Wishes”. Broken crockery brings you good luck and your wish becomes part of our Archive.
the tallest vase of the world
That is a record! Being eight metres high, the largest vase of the world catches the eye at the “Porcelain Worlds Leuchtenburg”. Owing to a unique construction of more than 360 honeycomb structures the artist Alim Pasht-Han of Caucasian origin has managed to give stability and height to the material that otherwise breaks easily.
The vase that was manufactured at the Reichenbach Porzellanmanufaktur in Thuringia also impresses by its ornamental design: every single honeycomb structure is covered by a manually painted cobalt blue design and then graded up in gold. A monumental piece of art.