An Exhibition by UMPRUM’s Ceramics and Porcelain Studio at London Design Festival
Dates: 16th – 24th September 2017
Opening hours: 16th – 19th September 10am – 6pm, 20th September 10am – 7pm, 21st September 10am – 9pm, 22nd September 10am – 7pm, 23rd – 24th September 10am – 6pm
Venue: 2 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London, UK
In mid-September, the design world descends on London for the London Design Festival, now in its 15th year. The Academy of Art Architecture & Design in Prague (UMPRUM) has been invited to take part, marking UMPRUM’s fourth appearance at the event. UMPRUM’s Ceramics and Porcelain Studio will present their exhibition Bohemian Mud as part of the event.
The Bohemian Mud exhibition, which features collections by students of the Ceramics and Porcelain Studio led by Maxim Velčovský and Milana Pekař, will go on display in the attractive Brompton Design District in South Kensington. The exhibition explores the exciting possibilities that working with ceramics and porcelain offers by presenting a wide variety of approaches, reflecting current practice within the Czech ceramics industry.
Bohemian Mud presents media-specific creative approaches to ceramics and porcelain, resulting in a contrasting array of styles and techniques, material experiments and products. Breaking away from the constraints of traditional modes of production, porcelain is shown here to offer seemingly infinite possibilities and heightened perceptions. And an intriguing dichotomy within the ceramics industry is exposed through the practice of exploiting the great masterpieces of art for the purposes of cheap mass production, thus raising questions about the cost of labour, the price of products and real artistic value.
Maxim Velčovský and Vojtěch Märc, the exhibition’s curators give further context: “The common thread that runs throughout the exhibition is fragility – the fragility of ceramics, but also the fragility of the creators. Young ceramics makers are now faced with unprecedented technical and economic changes, which have led to shifts in values and the disappearance of the traditional functions associated with ceramic materials. But it is this very tension between craft and industrial production that produces new forms. Production, design and the sale and distribution of products are processes that are constrained by a number of limitations, all of which need to be considered. In spite of these difficulties, however, Czech ceramics companies continue to produce and develop individual studio work that is sold to collectors from all over the world.”
The exhibition will feature material and technological experiments in a whole range of applications, several bowl sets all produced by the studio, as well as examples of conceptual thinking in the form of video projects and installations. Thematically, the exhibition will take a novel approach to the rather anachronistic forms of figurative porcelain, chart the progressive digitisation and computerisation of creative work and offer fresh perspectives – from exploring the link between ceramics and economic migration to providing a unique, audio-inspired reinterpretation of the common porcelain dish.