The KPM exhibition provides an overview of the history of KPM and of porcelain production from the time of Frederick the Great to the present day. The timeline begins with the discovery of porcelain and the reign of ‘Old Fritz’. You will find out about the development of porcelain art and the history of KPM itself. You will see original KPM dining services and fascinating items from Frederick II’s personal collection, immerse yourself in the porcelain world of classicism and stand in admiration of the Prussian Princesses by Schadow. The exhibition proceeds via the German imperial era (late 19th - early 20th century) to the Art Deco and Bauhaus movements. This is where you will find our design classic, the Urbino service by Trude Petri, which is also part of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
A highlight of the exhibition is the visit to the Historische Ringkammerofenhalle (Historic Ring Chamber Kiln Hall) where porcelain was fired until the 1960s. The kilns redesigned by artists. Here you will also learn about the individual stages of production, from the preparation of the liquid clay to shaping, firing and ultimately painting. Visitors are actively encouraged to touch the exhibits. In addition, there is the opportunity to look over the shoulder of a porcelain painter as she decorates selected pieces and answers questions on the fine art of porcelain painting.
Then it’s on to our Modern Living area. This gives an overview of KPM today, with the latest innovative KPM creations and collaborative undertakings with various partners and artists on display. These include one of the latest Birkenstock models created in partnership with KPM, a model of the Bugatti Veyron l’Or Blanc (the “fastest porcelain in the world”), and KPM LAB porcelain for the kitchen, which has been developed from laboratory-standard porcelains.
The tour then proceeds via the Boccherini Saal, complete with festively laid table, to our KPM Mitmach (i.e. hands-on) workshop. This has been the main attraction of the exhibition since summer 2017. Here you will learn everything about the production of our porcelain, from the raw clay to the finished cup. What materials are used in the manufacture of porcelain? How does kaolin feel to the touch? How is a plaster mould formed? What tools do our craftsmen and women work with? What does the firing process involve? Touching is not only allowed here – it is actively encouraged!
Even better, adults and children can become clay makers themselves and learn more about the secrets of porcelain production during the course of a (bookable) workshop.
Last on the itinerary is our model cellar. Approximately 150,000 porcelain moulds and models are stored here. The individual KPM designers are on show.
We recommend that you round off your visit to KPM in the KPM Café and browse around our Flagship Store.