All tagged decorative arts

Vienna on the Path to Modernism

This exhibition focuses on fin de siècle Vienna as the precursor to modernism, providing historical context through influences such as the Freemasons and the Emperor Joseph II’s reforms, through Biedermeier Era, the rise of Vienna’s business class, and the effect of the Vienna World’s Fair in 1873. The rest of the exhibition focuses on the artists of Vienna of the early 20th century: the architecture of Otto Wagner, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. It also includes the the Vienna Secession, Wiener Werkstätte and Expressionism. There are over 400 items, including paintings, prints, clothing, household items, furniture and much more.

Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism

This exhibition highlights the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, founded by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel in 1848. This art movement was championed by the art critic and artist, John Ruskin. This brotherhood desired art similar to that before the time of Raphael, using intense colors, focusing on nature and Biblical and historical themes. The exhibition consists of artwork by all of these artists and continues through to the work of other Brotherhood associates, Edward Burne-Jones in particular and the decorative arts of William Morris.

information or inspiration?

Ready to see beautiful Japanese artwork with a fresh approach? This exhibition lets the viewer experience art through two different perspectives. One calls on the right brain, using your intuition to experience the artwork, the “inspiration” perspective. The other approach provides details for the left brain, allowing the “information”, and a full, unobstructed view of the artwork, to enhance the experience. This exhibition is made up of only 22 works of Japanese ceramics, glassware, incense burners and more, but visitors go through twice, choosing to begin with either the information (white) side or inspiration (black) side.

The Treasures and the Tradition of “Lâle” in the Ottoman Empire

If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Turkey, this exhibition is a great entrée to the country’s art and culture. There are over 170 objects to admire, mostly from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Beautiful jewelry and bejeweled pieces, clothing, carpets, ceramics and all sorts of decorated pieces. The exhibition explains the symbolism and importance of the tulip, or lâle, in the context of the Ottoman Empire and highlights the relations between Japan and Turkey.