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Memories | Michaela Howse

Memories | Michaela Howse

The Art of Golden Repair

In this personal essay, Michaela Howse weaves together the threads that connect her own home country of South Africa with Dresden as the home of her great-great-grandparents, Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer. At the centre: her grandmother Ida Charlotte and the remains of a once world-famous collection. Michaela Howse interprets restitution in the context of memory and as a trusting encounter of people.

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The family of Ralph Leopold von Klemperer from left to right: Lili, Marie, Hubert, Ida Charlotte, Ralph, Friedrich von Klemperer, 1936 in Davos
Memories | Michaela Howse

Breaking Porcelain

Michaela Howse wrote her Master’s dissertation on the porcelain collection of her great-great-grandparents Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer and on the loss of this collection. The porcelain shards that were restituted to the family by the Dresden State Art Collections in 2010 take on historic importance as items that establish a link between past times and the present day.

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New jewish cemetery photo from: Michaela Howse, Breaking Porcelain. A Journey in the Curatorship of Inherited Meissen Shards (Master-Thesis, Stellenbosch University, March 2017)
Memories | Michaela Howse

The exhibition

In 2017, Michaela Howse curated the exhibition Breaking Porcelain at the Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre, focusing on the fate of her family and the history of the porcelain collection built up by her great-great-grandparents Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer. Michaela Howse had acquired special insights into her family history through long conversations with her grandmother Ida Charlotte Abel, née von Klemperer (1919–2015), which she recorded.

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Breaking Porcelain
Breaking Porcelain An exhibition curated by Michaela Howse, November 2017
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The interview

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Interview with Michaela Howse, 2019
Interview with Michaela Howse, 2019 Great-great-granddaughter of Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer
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