Cups !

Through the Eyes of Lionel Latham

Tasse et soucoupe Porzellanfabrik Langenthal

Tasse et soucoupe Porzellanfabrik Langenthal A.G. (Suisse), vers 1976 Porcelaine moulée, décor imprimé (tasse), émail noir sur avers (soucoupe) Don Cyril Calame, 2017

An everyday, collectible or historical object, the cup has always reflected evolutions in the stylistic and decorative tastes of its contemporaries. Produced in all shapes and sizes by many generations of craftsmen and manufacturers, it has also become, over time, a true medium of expression for designers and artists. Whether left bare or decorated with motifs, the cup seduces us by its elegant lines or surprises us by the inexpedient appearance of certain examples. Or when visual pleasures transcend those of our taste buds...

Lionel Latham, gallerist in Geneva for 40 years, takes a personal and expert look at the history of this familiar little recipient – and its trusty saucer! – from the 1900s to the present day. The creations of the Langenthal manufactory in Switzerland and others linked to major national or international exhibitions act as a guiding thread for visitors browsing the 12 showcases in this exhibition, each illustrating a different decade.

But... would you care for another cup?

Les commissaires ont la parole

Commentaire sur une pièce choisie. Que peut bien représenter cette jolie tasse aux footballeurs? Lionel Latham nous raconte sont histoire en vidéo.

Commentaires croisés

Une tasse qui rait pour les droitiers, mais pas pour les gauchers? Cela existe! Cette tasse a bien d'autres atouts. Lionel Latham et Stanislas Anthonioz nous le racontent.

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