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Porcelain Fever


Porcelain animals over a metre high, gold, sweet pastel colours, exuberant paintings and openwork works of art: during the eighteenth century, nothing was too crazy and Europe was seized by a highly contagious porcelain fever.

Come to the Princessehof Ceramics Museum, in the historic city centre of Leeuwarden, and discover Porcelain Fever! It is a thrilling story about the origins of European porcelain, told by two iconic people from this time: Augustus the Strong (1670-1733), Elector of Saxony, King of Poland and founder of the Meissen porcelain factory in Germany, and Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), mistress, cultural advisor and confidante of King Louis XV and patroness of the Sèvres porcelain factory in France.

More is more! In opulent halls you will see masterpieces from world-famous European porcelain collections, which are rarely, if ever, seen in the Netherlands. From a hysterically decorated, metre-high dragon figure from Meissen to refined, crystal-clear French pot-pourri vases made of gold and porcelain.

During Porcelain Fever, Leeuwarden will be full of activities. The Kleine Kerkstraat will be joining in with fun competitions, a mini exhibition will open at Leeuwarden station and the Princessehof has organized a lot of fun activities that you can participate in! There are free creative workshops for families every school holiday and on Sunday 16 June, it is, of course, time again for the annual Prince and Princesses Day! The Princessehof will also soon be launching a clay café, so come and relax and paint your own ceramics during the weekend.

Would you like to participate in an in-depth activity? There are guided tours every Sunday, so you can get to know the exhibition even better. The curators also give lectures and there are master classes by Lies ceramics in her ceramics studio in the Blokhuispoort.

Escher & Nassau
The most beautiful objects and stories about ceramics are collected in the national Ceramics Museum Princessehof. The museum is located in the 18th century city palace of Maria Louise van
Hessen-Kassel, Princess of Orange Nassau, ancestor of our current King. And did you know that the world-famous graphic artist M.C. Escher was born in the same building? The cellar of
the Princessehof is completely dedicated to Escher in style, with a gigantic space-filling painting by the talented street artist Leon Keer. You must see this beautiful place in the historic city centre of Leeuwarden.

until 1 September
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Grote Kerkstraat 9
8911DZ Leeuwarden
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