East and West meet at the Groninger Museum

8 juni 2017

The Groninger Museum brings together Asia and Europe with The World at Home, opening on 17 June. Rare objects including Delft pottery, Chinese porcelain and Japanese lacquerwork show how the people of the Netherlands brought the world into their homes centuries ago – and still do today. 

Objects from “the Orient” began enriching Dutch interiors in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Dutch East India Company and individual importers brought large quantities of porcelain from China and porcelain and lacquerwork from Japan. Porcelain, in particular, found its way into every stratum of society: even the poorest household was likely to own a plate or a teacup and saucer from China. Before long, Asian porcelain had become part of Dutch everyday life and material culture. 

The popularity of china soon gave rise to imitations. This exhibition shows how Asian and Dutch producers responded to public interest and buyers’ tastes, and how they competed with each other. 

The Groninger Museum holds one of the Netherlands’ largest Asian ceramics collections. The World at Home: Asian Porcelain and Delftware will remain on view all year. 


Note to the editor 
For more information, please contact the Communication, PR and Marketing department:
Willemien Bouwers wbouwers@groningermuseum.nl +31 (0)50 366 6510
Karina Smrkovsky ksmrkovsky@groningermuseum.nl +31 (0)50 366 6512

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