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Löwenfinck gilt als berühmtester Keramikmaler des 18. Jahrhunderts.Rechte: Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatlich Museen zu Berlin;

DRESDEN – To mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck, the Porzellansammlung of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden presents a comprehensive exhibition of this artist’s oeuvre, bringing together around 100 selected porcelain and faience exhibits from the Dresden Porzellansammlung, private collections and renowned museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim, and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg.- To mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck, the Porzellansammlung of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden presents a comprehensive exhibition of this artist’s oeuvre, bringing together around 100 selected porcelain and faience exhibits from the Dresden Porzellansammlung, private collections and renowned museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim, and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg.

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, plate, porcelain, Bayreuth, Knöller period, 1736-1737. Copyright: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg / Herbert Hunter

Inspired by the painted decoration on Chinese and Japanese porcelain in the collection of August the Strong, he created a fantastic world inhabited by vibrantly colourful, fabulous creatures. He later took these exotic motifs, as well as his knowledge of both East Asian and European flower painting, with him as he travelled, transferring them from one workplace to the next. As Löwenfinck did not sign his works, for a long time it was impossible to attribute them with any certainty: as a result, his oeuvre long remained completely unrecognised, even among specialists.

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, plate, Meissen, 1735. Copyright: Dresden State Art Collections / Jürgen Läsel

The life and works of this exceptional artist were the focus of several years of research conducted by the Porzellansammlung of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. The results of this project are now presented in a comprehensive anniversary exhibition. Systematic evaluation of archive sources, including manufactory reports and case files, shed light on previously little known aspects of social conditions in the porcelain and faience manufactories of the time, and enabled a fundamental and thorough reassessment of his work.

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, plate with ribbed trim. Copyright:Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München/Bastian Krack

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, plate with ribbed trim, detail. Copyright:Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München/Bastian Krack

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, baluster vase, porcelain, Meissen, circa 1730. Copyright: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg / Maria Tuszynska-Thrun

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, lidded vase with yellow ground and mythical beast, Meissen, 1734. Copyright: Dresden State Art Collections / Jürgen Läsel

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, lidded vase with yellow ground and mythical beast, Detail, Meissen, 1734. Copyright: Dresden State Art Collections / Jürgen Läsel

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, lidded vase, Meissen, 1734. Copyright: Dresden State Art Collections / Jürgen Läsel

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, lidded vase, Fulda, 1741-1744. Copyright: Reiss-Engelhorn Museums Mannheim, Photographer: Maria Schumann

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, Doppelkürbisvase, Fulda, 1741-1744. Copyright: Decorative Arts Museum, National Museums in Berlin, Saturia Linke

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, terrine with Sulkowski-Ozier-relief and Chinese characters, Meissen, 1734. Copyright: Berlin, private collection / Stefan Buchner

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, terrine with Sulkowski-Ozier-relief and Chinese characters, Detail, Meissen, 1734. Copyright: Berlin, private collection / Stefan Buchner

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, Vase from a set with erbsgrünem rear, interior shot, Meissen, circa 1730. Copyright: Dresden State Art Collections / Jürgen Läsel

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Adam Friedrich Löwenfinck, Tankard, Bayreuth, Knöller period, 1736-1737. Copyright: Bavarian National Museum, Munich / Walter Haberland

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