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Delft-Jingdezhen: The Blue Revolution, 400 Year Exchange

On display in the Museum Het Prinsenhof in the Dutch city of Delft is a remarkable exhibition, entitled ‘Delft-Jingdezhen: The Blue Revolution, 400 Year Exchange’ (20 May - 1 Sept 2013). As a joint project between Delft and the Chinese city of Jingdezhen, it will be on view again in the Imperial Porcelain Museum in Jingdezhen in the fall of this year. IIAS supports this exhibition in the framework of the Institute’s Outreach Programme, which aims to bring a wider public into contact with Asian cultures and societies.

In 2006, the two cities engaged in the joint programme: ‘Delft Jingdezhen 400-year cultural exchange’. Since then, there has been frequent contact between both cities, including the Artists in Residence programme, and visits by city officials. The cities have signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ aimed at further cultural, educational and economic exchanges. The Blue Revolution exhibition shows an overview of the results of the Artists in Residence programme. Featuring blue and white ceramic art works by contemporary Dutch and Chinese artists, the exhibition gives the visitor a view into the historical background linking the porcelain arts and crafts, and the ‘past and present’, of the two cities.

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