Al2SiO5 / 45°51'00"N-1°15'00"E / 16-17
Entre Chine et Limoges, une expérience de céramique contemporaine
February 1st - April 23rd 2018

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Masséot Abaquesne, Renaissance entrepreneur and artist
From 2nd June to 25 September 2017

The exhibition “Masséot Abaquesne, Renaissance entrepreneur and artist” is an opportunity to discover a little-known faience manufacturer, the creator of the most beautiful paving from the time of François I (1515-1547) and Henri II (1547-1559), who today embodies the faience of the French Renaissance in its most prestigious form.

The exhibition aims to retrace the story of this “clay enameller” or faience manufacturer, and to consider his work in the context of a period in Europe marked by important exchanges in culture and trade. Masséot Abaquesne's career took place in Rouen, a prosperous city open to the world, at the time the second largest city in the Kingdom of France.

The work of Masséot Abaquesne (circa 1500 – before 1564) gave the art of faience a true nobility. Faience was invented in the Near East in the 9th century, arrived in Europe via Muslim Spain in the 11th century, and subsequently became popular all over Europe.
Masséot Abaquesne was an artisan and artist who met his contemporaries’ taste for faience by producing functional pharmacy pots with simple, effective decoration, as well as intricate tiling work for rich patrons from the Royal Court.
As a clever entrepreneur, and following a common pattern of the times, Masséot Abaquesne was able to take advantage of a favourable context: the existence of a local, wealthy clientèle and the creation of large, ostentatious works in the princely residences.

The exhibition is an opportunity to discover a major figure in Renaissance decorative art, on a level with his contemporary Bernard Palissy, even though the latter is better known to the public. We trace this man’s incredible career, from the port of Rouen to the most beautiful châteaux of the French Renaissance.


Kao Export Ltd
Class 2015-2016
February 8th - April 24th 2017


Corée, 1886. Roman d'un voyageur
June 18th - October17th 2016

Korea is a small peninsula in the Far East, today divided into two states. It boasts an ancient, original and sophisticated culture. In the 19th century, Korea was a secret land where life was simple and traditions were far removed from any Western influence. Low wooden and cob houses with thatched roofs, rustic ceramic ware and lacquered wood furniture exuded a subtle and exotic charm which enchanted the first visitors, one of whom was Victor Collin de Plancy, the first French Consul to be appointed to Korea at the end of the nineteenth century.

The exhibition Corée, 1886. Roman d'un voyageur sets out to retrace the steps of this first French diplomat, a learned and curious traveller, and to investigate the Korea of the late 19th century.
Victor Collin de Plancy was fascinated by the culture of this country where he resided on two occasions between 1888 and 1906, and became the self-appointed spokesperson for Korean culture in France. He himself was a collector, and acquired a large number of objects – ceramics, manuscripts, books, furniture and costumes – which he donated to national institutions.

The works presented in the exhibition give an overview of Korean art from the 5th to the 19th centuries, with, as an introduction, a selection of works by contemporary artists considered to be "Living National Treasures".

The exhibition conjures up the country and its way of life through the enthusiastic discoverers who were the first diplomats, ethnographers, geographers and chemists or just ordinary travellers. It includes photographs, furniture and an exceptional collection of ceramics. Audio and video exhibits are installed throughout the route, enhancing this journey through time to a “hermit kingdom” with a fascinating culture.

A visitor's booklet in english is avalaible and free at the entrance of exhibition.

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Kao Export Ltd
Global Tour # 3
Class 2014-2015
February 25th - April 25th 2016

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Avant, Ici, Maintenant
The Non Sans Raison experience

In Limoges, the historic crucible of a porcelain industry known the world over for its excellence, the region’s legacy is being further enriched by the growth of contemporary ceramics. Founded in 2008 by Bertille Carpentier and Martial Dumas, the company Non Sans Raison takes a fresh approach to lifestyle products and is breathing new life into an industry born started some 250 years ago.

Non Sans Raison is a porcelain manufacturer in the strict sense of the term, the company not owning a factory or employing any skilled labour in-house, giving it a special identity in the region. The creative house operates in the same way as a fashion or design studio and works with a number of collaborators. The artistic directors, Bertille Carpentier and Martial Dumas, are the conductors of the operation, responsible for coordinating multiple specialists from artists and designers to artisans and manufacturers of Limoges porcelain.

Avant, Ici, Maintenant—literally “before and here & now”—is the name of the company’s first collection and proudly states that it is all about, i.e. making a bold modern statement in a region steeped in tradition, Limoges, to connect past and present. With a strong sense of identity, the company penned its manifesto in its first year of inception.
While always upholding a scrupulous respect for traditional techniques, Non Sans Raison has incorporated innovative tools and practices into its production processes, seeking not merely to modernise porcelain, but also the way it is manufactured in the 21st century. The company sees porcelain as a springboard to a multi-sensual experience that surpasses the strict boundaries of the table. The designer and producer has created a rich aesthetic world that draws inspiration from the visual arts of yesteryear, the pop culture of today and the design future of tomorrow.

Not only a chance for the public to see a complete collection of pieces from the Limoges-based producer, this exhibition begins a conversation on French art de vivre and various related challenges, be they technical, sociological or aesthetic, that have shaped or even turned on its head contemporary porcelain design. Divided into three sections, the exhibition aims to present the research undertaken by the designer and producer, but also to make the public's contact with porcelain a veritable experience.

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Global Tour
“ Kaolin ”, postgraduate diploma art and design in contemporary ceramics
École nationale supérieure d’art de Limoges
Class of 2013-2014

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Les Routes bleues, périples d’une couleur de la Chine à la Méditerranée (The blue routes, a journey in one colour from China to the Mediterranean)
27 June– 13 October2014

The exhibition “Les Routes bleues : périples d’une couleur de la Chine à la Méditerranée” (The blue routes, a journey in one colour from China to the Mediterranean) is a unique opportunity to bring together over a hundred exceptional works - porcelain, paintings, sculptures, textiles, jewels and costumes - from prestigious national collections, along with works by internationally famous contemporary artists.

“Les Routes bleues” guides the traveller along the legendary blue routes into the depths of this fascinating colour, through the history of materials and civilisations.
Blue seems marked by the imprint of the Orient. While the Near East and China have held blue in high esteem since ancient times, the West only began to pay this colour due homage at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries. So is blue an Oriental colour ? The far-off countries of the East gave us lapis lazuli, turquoise and the precious Chinese porcelain. Similarly, before the technological revolutions that took place in the 18th century, most of the coloured substances used to make blue, such as indigo or cobalt, were imported from the East.
Blue has a history, which “Les Routes bleues” tries to follow.
The works displayed in the exhibition stimulate curiosity, cause surprise and create emotion among visitors. They are all evidence of the links between the people in the Mediterranean basin with the people in the Far East.

Exhibition open to the public from 27 June to 13 October 2014.
Every day, except Tuesday, from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5.45pm.

With the support of La Poste Group.

In media partnership with France 3 Limousin and France Bleu Limousin.

Scientific curator: Étienne Blondeau, heritage curator at the Museum of Louvre.

About the exhibition

Exhibition catalogue

To mark the exhibition, and for the first time since the museum’s re-opening, a catalogue which is a reference work as well as a beautiful book has been published by Ardents Éditeurs, under the direction of Étienne Blondeau, heritage curator at the Museum ol Louvre and exhibition curator.
With prestigious contributions and beautiful illustrations magnificently set off by an original graphic design by Atelier ter Bekke & Behage, those who journey on the “Routes bleues” will love this unique book.
Les Ardents Éditeurs, 2014
190 pages, 2 volumes, 85 ill., €26

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Un architecte dans l’atelier - Ettore Sottsass (An architect in the workshop - Ettore Sottsass)
23 November2013 - 8 April 2014

The exhibition presented a retrospective of works by the Italian designer and architect Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), made at the Sèvres National Manufactory and at Cirva, the International Research Centre into glass and the plastic arts, located in Marseille. The 61 works in porcelain and glass shown in this exhibition revealed the fascinating inventiveness and modernity of one of the greatest designers of the 20th century, who was little known by the general public.

Exhibition open to the public from 23 November to 8 April 2014.
Every day, except Tuesday, from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5.45pm.

In partnership with the International Research Centre into glass and the plastic arts (Cirva), Marseille.

Curator: Isabelle Reiher, director of Cirva

Lumineuse expérience / Limoges – Barcelone (Experience of light / Limoges - Barcelona)
24 May– 7 October 2013

“Lumineuse expérience / Limoges – Barcelone” gave carte blanche to the Catalonia Association of Ceramic Artists and Esprit Porcelaine, an artists’ collective that has been reinventing Limousin porcelain for nearly 30 years.
The two groups of artists came together to work on the mythical material of porcelain.
Through over 90 works, “Lumineuse expérience / Limoges – Barcelone” offered a glimpse of the vigour and diversity of the porcelain made today.

Exhibition presented from 24 May to 7 October 2013
Every day, except Tuesday, from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5.45pm.

In partnership with Esprit Porcelaine and the Associació Ceramistes de Catalunya.

Christian Couty, President of Esprit Porcelaine, lecturer in porcelain at ENSA Limoges.
Michelle Dumain, project manager at Esprit Porcelaine.
Étienne Blondeau, heritage curator at the Museum of Louvre.

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Lumière - Matière (Light and Matter)
4 July– 16 September 2013

Four students from the Pyrénées – Pau Tarbes Higher School of Art worked together on light and ceramic material to explore its full potential. The “Lumière – Matière” exhibition, presented in the gardens of the Adrien Dubouché National Museum, displayed a very broad range of possibilities for working with ceramics.

The works on show at the Adrien Dubouché National Museum were produced as part of a research project developed by the Pyrénées – Pau Tarbes Higher School of Art, in collaboration with Yann Kersalé and the Limoges Centre for Research into Ceramic and Enamel (CRAFT). The work had been presented at an exhibition on Tristan Island, off Douarnenez (Brittany), which came to Limoges as part of CRAFT's 20th anniversary celebrations.

Exhibition presented from 4 July to 16 September 2013.
Every day, except Tuesday, from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5.45pm.
Free entry to the museum gardens.

In partnership with the Pyrénées – Pau Tarbes Higher School of Art, the Limoges Centre for Research into Ceramic and Enamel (CRAFT) and DRAC Limousin.

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Stupeur et détournement (Stupor and subversion)
A presentation of work by the designer-plastic artist Cécile Charroy
14 September - 14 October 2013

For several years, the young designer and plastic artist Cécile Charroy has been investigating the situations and gestures linked to food.
At the end of her research, she presented a series of objects that examine the way in which we perceive food and its colours and textures. Our approach to food is never spontaneous : it is governed by a series of codes that vary from one culture to another. Cécile Charroy’s work is an invitation to take a journey that appeals to our imagination.

In partnership with the Limoges Higher School of Art (ENSA) and Philippe Redon restaurant.

Global Tour
“Kaolin”, postgraduate diploma, class of 2012

The exhibition presented works in porcelain by young artists from the “Kaolin” postgraduate diploma at the Limoges Higher School of Art (ENSA), class of 2012: Marion Bocquet-Appel, Cécile Charroy, Xiang Chen, Merel Cremers and Xisco Duarte Barcelo.
These five artists presented 15 projects, the results of a year of research, offering a general view of ceramic art that is eclectic and open to all kinds of influences: art, design, graphic design, subversion or reproduction, sculpture or casting, white or decorated, monumental or small-scale, table porcelain or innovative materials.

Exhibition presented from 31 January to 31 March 2013.
Every day, except Tuesday, from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5.45pm.

In partnership with the Limoges Higher School of Art (ENSA).