The Porcelain Code
One Million by Uli Aigner

06.10.2022 to 28.05.2023
Neues Museum

An encounter of a special kind is taking place at the Neues Museum on the Museumsinsel in Berlin. Stone, Bronze and Iron Age vessels from the exhibition at the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Prehistory and Early History) – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin encounter their present-day kin, which stand out against the archaeological finds in their whiteness and beauty, yet make the timelessness of form and function perceptible.

With her One Million project, Uli Aigner is taking globalisation personally. Her endeavour to produce 1,000,000 pieces of pottery with her own hands by the end of her life began in 2014. She inscribes each piece with a number indicating the exact order of its production, thus identifying the porcelain vessels as signed, unique works. Photographs of each numbered vessel, as well as the Google Maps coordinates of its location, are presented at – a transnational and transcultural art project.

Over the years, a worldwide network has evolved that virtually connects the commissioning clients with other owners of these porcelain vessels. The certainty that she can turn a piece of damp earth into a utility object useable by anyone anywhere in the world connects Uli Aigner’s work with the entire history of human development.

A special exhibition of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

View of the Neues Museum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker

James-Simon-Galerie, Bodestraße
10178 Berlin

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All groups meet at the information desk in the lower foyer in James-Simon-Galerie.

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S-Bahn: Friedrichstraße, Hackescher Markt
Tram: Am Kupfergraben, Hackescher Markt
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Neues Museum + Archaeological Treasures of Uzbekistan
14,00 EUR Concessions 7,00

Museum Island + Panorama
24,00 EUR Concessions 12,00
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