090810: Liechtenstein Museum Showpieces: Neoclassical Porcelain from the Marton Museum in Zagreb

Liechtenstein Museum Showpieces: Neoclassical Porcelain from the Marton Museum in Zagreb 18. 06. 2010 – 09.11.2010 To know one’s own mind Tennis and Porcelain, according to Veljko Marton, have something in common: “win, lose, and focus” (what he means is “to know one’s own mind”) The former Croatian professional tennis champion and now entrepreneur started to collect art during his university days – at first silver, glass and porcelain, later he focussed on furniture and paintings. His collections are characterized by their relationship to Croatia, where his collection is located. In 2003, he transformed a 19th century manor in Samobor near Zagreb, where he lived with his family, into Croatia’s first private museum. This step seemed logical after an exhibition presenting part of his collection at the Museum for Art and Crafts in Zagreb was met with great enthusiasm. The tall and slender 60-year old talks about his accomplishments in an unobtrusive way and in perfect German. Among his accomplishments is a publication on Austrian porcelain in French, which he compiled simply because he “considered this to be an important project”. In Vienna, he was offered porcelain from Sèvres for a favourable price and in Paris he acquired Viennese porcelain, also for an advantageous price due to the fact that the sellers did not have much knowledge on porcelain. In the meantime, prices for Russian porcelain, of which he owns a large collection, have increased significantly. On a regular basis, Vienna’s Liechtenstein Museum presents private porcelain collections in the rooms of its remarkable libraries: this spring, Cohen, Strasser. and Schober (Schloss Weyer) were invited on the occasion of Meissen’s 300th anniversary. And now the museum is presenting Marton’s porcelain and its propinquity to classicistic Vienna (Sorgenthal era) and sets the “white gold” in a dialog with other objects such as silver sugar bowls and small pieces of furniture – something that dismayed Marton at first. Roughly 20 percent of Marton’s “Showpieces” are displayed in glass cases. The quality of the porcelain seamlessly matches that of the previous exhibitions of private collections. By Maria-Gabriela Martinkowic Liechtenstein Museum 1090 Vienna, Fürstengasse 1 Tel: +43 1 319 57 67 – 252 Fax: + 43 1 319 57 67 – 255 email: info@liechtensteinmuseum.at http://www.lichtensteinmuseum.at Opening hours: Daily, except Tuesday from 9 a

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Email: info@liechtensteinmuseum.at
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