The Hetjens Museum’s collection spans 8,000 years of ceramics history, starting with early Anatolian vessels from around 6,000 BCE and progressing to ancient vases, Italian majolica, Spanish and Portuguese tiles, East Asian and European porcelain, all the way to industrially produced modern-day ceramics. The museum is thus able to exhibit a representative sampling from the material’s wide-ranging history. Simple utilitarian wares share space with unique pieces displaying a high level of artisanry. The multi-faceted exhibits give visitors an impression of the world’s cultural diversity while also demonstrating that ceramics can be found in widespread use in a quite unexpected place – technology.
Thanks to its own ceramics studio, the museum is able to complement its exhibitions with workshops and courses where both young and old can try their hand at working with clay.
In addition to the permanent collection, special exhibitions and small studio shows focus on selected topics.
Artistic direction: Daniela Antonin