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Crocker Art Museum to Present Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at Meissen in Spring 2017
Exhibition to Include Grand Pleasure Garden and Banquet Scenes in Porcelain Sculpture

Categorized as: Art & Galleries
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  • Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Starting on: 03/19/2017
  • Ending on: 06/25/2017
  • 10:00AM
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  • (916) 808-7000
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The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce a March 2017 opening of Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN®, an exhibition of contemporary porcelain sculpture centered around a lavish banquet scene inspired by 18th century grandeur.

In 2012, Oregon sculptor Chris Antemann received an invitation to collaborate with master artisans at the MEISSEN® Porcelain Manufactory in Germany. There, Antemann took inspiration from the MEISSEN® great historical model of Johann Joachim Kändler’s monumental Love Temple (1750) and sculpted a contemporary celebration of a banquet with her own witty version of the Love Temple at its center. Using the Garden of Eden as her metaphor, Antemann designed the five-foot temple to house a host of semi-clothed revelers gathered around a sumptuous feast of “forbidden fruit.”

Antemann then expanded the installation to include a pleasure garden made up of eight pieces that surround the temple, creating an elaborate tableau in the great tradition of royal 18th century surtouts-de-table. The banquet scene is accompanied by a collection of smaller sculptures that entertain with dalliance and seduction. A massive porcelain chandelier completes the lush atmosphere, evoking the tradition of palatial porcelain rooms. The intricate — yet extravagant —surface ornamentation is hand-painted or applied to the sculptures using specially designed transfer decals, mixing 18th century designs with modern technology.

Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN® was organized by Chris Antemann in conjunction with MEISSEN®, and will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum from March 19 through June 25, 2017.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays. Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Western Health Advantage. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit

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