Vital Art Noveau 1900
November 1st, 2013 -December 31st, 2015
The exhibition in the Municipal House in Prague presents a selection of the most outstanding works of Czech and European Art Nouveau art from the holdings of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The exhibition is intended to show the Art Nouveau arts and crafts as part of the ground-breaking, forward-looking trends and emancipation efforts that evolved in the late 19th century, as a reformist art movement that strove for “the multiplication and intensification of life”. The display therefore explores the Art Nouveau aesthetic both in terms of modern artist designers' creative ambitions and the new zest for life that swept society as a whole.
Masterpieces of decorative art exhibited at the famous Paris World’s Fair of 1900 are on display, alongside works influenced by the various currents of thought popular at the time (such as the theories of Vitalism and Spiritism), as well as the formal and stylistic innovations in glassware, ceramics and furniture. Other areas cover the radical changes in life style as reflected in interior design, the visual style of poster art and fashion.
A self-service tablets presentation is available to visitors, which provides further information onselected items on view, their creators and the period context. The presentation also offers 3D scans of Art Nouveau objects that were produced in the framework of the Partage Plus European project, along with online access to digitized foundations for European Art Nouveau art on the Europeana portal, drawn from the collections of prominent European institutions.
A comprehensive catalogue featuring more than 400 items on display has been published to accompany the exhibition.
For more information please visit: The Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague