Im Scherbenzimmer

  • Projekt des MA Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften am Angewandte Festival 2021

Date, Location

  • 29 June 2021–02 July 2021 Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien, Wien, Österreich (Expositur Vordere Zollamtsstraße)


Porzellan, Ceramics, Cultural Studies, Arts


In the Shard Room Smashed Japanese Imari, splinters of Chinese blue and white porcelain, shards from historical Meißen and Vienna factories: a room full of smashed porcelain, neatly arranged in piles. The “Shard Room” in Loosdorf Castle in Lower Austria, destroyed after World War II, invites you to reflect on fragility, destruction and reconstruction. The shards attest to the global networks of East Asian porcelain exports since the 17th century and the cultural appropriation and imitation of these luxury objects in Europe. In order to trace their fragmentary biographies, we have created porcelain objects, smashed them and glued them again, we have read, researched, documented and fictionalized. The individual projects convey “fragmentary knowledge” on the aesthetics and semantics of shards, on desire for and fear of destruction. They engage with destruction and iconoclasm as part of artistic creation, with linguistic and poetic aspects of the fragment, with material technology and value discourses and with diverse approaches to the reconstruction and restoration of scattered remains. A project of the MA program in Studies in Art and Culture, supervised by Eva Kernbauer (art history) and Barbara Praher (study coordinator) in cooperation with Maria Wiala and Alexandra Zaitseva (Ceramics Studio) and the Institute of Conservation (Gabriela Krist, Johanna Runkel and Manfred Trummer, MAK).

Activity List



  • Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien, Wien, Österreich
  • Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2
  • 1010 Wien
  • Österreich

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Published By: Barbara Praher | Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien | Publication Date: 19 October 2022, 09:55 | Edit Date: 24 November 2022, 09:12