When the FAILE artists Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil met with KPM Berlin for the first time in 2017, it was still completely unclear what a joint project could look like. It was the contact with Galerie Springmann that quickly made it clear that the shared object was to be a porcelain version of an iconic character for the New Yorkers: the dreamy one, created for the first time in porcelain, leaning against a tree trunk Girl is a well-known motif in the 20-year success story of FAILE and the international art scene.

The special feature of the innovative cooperation between the two partners is the playful combination of the New Pop Art of Miller and McNeil with the traditional craftsmanship and valuable materials of the Berlin luxury manufacturer. Together with FAILE, the historic KPM porcelain was transformed into an unexpected form and artistically revitalized. The result is an object created to perfection, which is particularly desirable to art enthusiasts, porcelain enthusiasts and collectors.

On Saturday, October 6th, 2018, an exclusive circle of art enthusiasts and collectors came together in the halls of the Berlin Porcelain Manufactory to accompany the unveiling of the mystical porcelain sculpture SACRED YOUNG MINDS. The sculpture combines in a previously unseen way the craftsmanship of KPM Berlin, which looks back on a tradition spanning over 260 years, and the iconographic art from New York.
The object was available in a strictly limited, individually designed edition of 24 + 5 individual artist proof copies and a matching box designed by the artists.
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“With KPM+ we have created an institutional contact point for our manufactory, through which we can exchange ideas with very different contemporary artists and designers, literally think outside the box and work together to find out how the traditional material porcelain can be interpreted. The collaboration with FAILE now marks our first transatlantic collaboration, which has resulted in a uniquely beautiful and iconic sculpture,” says Jenja Carow, Head of Marketing at KPM Berlin.

PICTURES: Holger Talinski