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The living Museum

Over 200 years of tradition, yet still highly topical: Hardly any other product is as aesthetic as porcelain. It reveals a lot about peoples’ lives in different times – how they decorated their tables and what types of food they ate. Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan puts the spotlight on all of these fascinating aspects of porcelain with great expertise and passion at its two locations.

Useful and beautiful
Visitors to Porzellanikon’s parent building in Hohenberg an der Eger embark on a journey through the History of Porcelain from the early 18th Century until “Die Wende” in 1989. The presentation is linked to the history of the former Director’s Villa of the C. M. Hutschenreuther porcelain factory which, incidentally, was the first one in Northeast Bavaria.

The museum is more than just wonderful pieces displayed in showcases. Scenography provides insight into the products’ cultural history while audiovisual and interactive media invite visitors to marvel at the exhibits and learn more. Porcelain represents lifestyle; it unites utility and beauty.

Indispensable and innovative
Porcelain is all around us: We drink our coffee and tea from mugs and cups, eat our meals and snacks from large and small, round and square plates. But we rarely ever think about how these aesthetic and useful dishes and cups are made. Just how much work it takes to produce porcelain – from the raw materials to the finished decorated piece – is something you can see and experience for yourself at the second location of Europe’s largest museum dedicated to porcelain: Porzellanikon in Selb. You can get your hands dirty at this museum and work directly with the material in programmes designed for Children and Young Adults, Families and Senior Citizens. But you also learn about the Social Conditions that prevailed in the porcelain producing towns and cities across Europe. Interactive stations subtly provide details while videos let the people speak in their own words.

Those who are interested in taking a journey through the history of design of the past 25 years will also want to visit Selb where, in addition to Production, “Design” is also a major theme not only in the “Best of Design” area but also in the Rosenthal Department, which presents this entire period of company history since 1879. Changing presentations on lifestyle, art, design of the past, present and future add variety to the overall exhibition. The museum is constantly reinventing itself.

Porcelain is much more than plates, cups and decorative articles. Porcelain and the Technical Ceramics derived from it are essential in everyday life, highly innovative, but always in the background: Porcelain is used to make insulators for above-ground power lines; technical ceramics brake the fastest cars, reliably seal the water tap every day and stand up to the toughest conditions, for example in knee and hip joints. Porzellanikon presents this in a unique way.

Experience the museum “live”
Visit Porzellanikon at both locations – in the heart of what is still today Europe’s most important porcelain region: Northeast Bavaria. Whether in Hohenberg an der Eger or Selb: Both buildings embody the tradition of this industry in an ideal way: a Villa and a Factory.

Wilhelm Siemen
Porzellanikon Director
Staatliches Museum für Porzellan, Hohenberg an der Eger / Selb
An institution of the Free State of Bavaria

Keramik bewegt

Was bedeutet mir Keramik? Wie sieht die Zukunft der Keramik aus? Was bedeutet sie für die Gesellschaft?

Antworten gaben uns Kuratoren, Passanten, Personen aus der Keramikindustrie, Schauspieler, Künstler, Schüler, Museumsmitarbeiter aus Finnland, Serbien, Lettland, Großbritannien, Italien, Slowenien und Deutschland. Der Film „Talking Heads“ mit den persönlichen Statements zeigt auf, wie präsent Keramik in unserer Gesellschaft ist. Entstanden sind die Interviews im Rahmen des EU-Projekt „Ceramics and its Dimensions“. Das gesamte Projekt wurde durch das Porzellanikon federführend betreut. Wir danken den Förderern, Partnern und Unterstützern.


Die Erforschung und daraus resultierend die Präsentation der Historie des europäischen Porzellans ist das Selbstverständnis der Institution. Das Museum versteht sich als Forum und Innovationszentrum für die Gestaltung in Gegenwart und Zukunft. Gemeinsame Ausstellungen und intensiver Austausch wird gepflegt mit allen Herstellern der Porzellanbranche in Deutschland und etlichen im Ausland bis nach Asien. Das Porzellanikon ist Branchenexperte und wird als solcher gehört. Forschungsinstitute in Deutschland und Europa sind Partner.