The Frick Pittsburgh is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1970 to house Helen Clay Frick’s personal collection of fine and decorative arts, and it continues to expand upon her collection by acquiring works consistent with her vision.

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“Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty/A Collection”, 2018, was acquired by The Frick Pittsburgh in 2018 as part of a major gift by the Kohler Foundation. The piece was selected because of its direct relationship with the Kangxi Period (1662-1722) vases in the museum’s collection. The vases on Superior’s piece are miniaturized recreations of the original vases.

This piece was part of the “Revive, Remix, Respond” exhibition co-curated by The Frick Pittsburgh and Ferrin Contemporary in 2017. It invited artists to submit work that was inspired by, responded to, or related to historic ceramics in the museum’s permanent collection. Learn more about the exhibition here and here.

This piece is part of Superior’s Collections series, in which she builds groups of miniaturized replicas of real ceramic objects. Learn more about the series here.

Mara Superior, “Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty/A Collection”, 2018, 12.5 x 15.5 x .5″, high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, gold leaf. The Frick Pittsburgh.


Two Kanxgi Period (1622-1722) vases in the collection of the Frick Pittsburgh upon which Superior based her work.

Left image: “Vase”, c. 1700, 17.75 x 9 x 9”, porcelain with underglaze decoration. The Frick Pittsburgh, 1970.18.

Center and right images: “Vase” c. 1700, 19.75 x 9.25 x 9.25”, porcelain with underglaze decoration. The Frick Pittsburgh, 1970.2.


“Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty/A Collection” and a Kangxi vase (1970.2) on display in the “Revive, Remix, Respond” exhibition.