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"Art Nouveau, 1890-1914"
2000-10-08 until 2001-01-28
National Gallery of Art
Art Nouveau,1890-1914, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on the
subject ever organized, will present one of the most innovative and exuberant of all modern art styles
and the places where it flourished. More than 350 masterpieces in painting, sculpture, graphics, glass,
ceramics, textiles, furniture, jewelry, and architecture will be featured including a Glasgow luncheon
room designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Paris Métropolitain entrance by Hector Guimard, and
a double parlor from a Turin villa by Agostino Lauro. The two rooms are among the unique features of
the Washington venue.
At the National Gallery of Art this vibrant fin-de-siècle era will be celebrated with an overview of
highlights from the World's Fair of 1900 in Paris, followed by sections presenting sources of the new
style and examples from eight of the cities in which Art Nouveau flourished: Paris, Brussels, Glasgow,
Vienna, Munich, Turin, New York and Chicago. The exhibition, on view in the National Gallery of Art,
East Building, 8 October 2000 through 28 January 2001, is organized by the Victoria and Albert
Museum, London, where it is on view through 30 July 2000, in association with the National Gallery of
Art. After Washington, the core of the exhibition travels to the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, from
21 April 2001 through 8 June 2001.
The beginning of this new millennium is an ideal time to present the most complete examination of an
innovative international style that fascinated the world at the turn of the last century, said Earl A.
Powell lll, director, National Gallery of Art. The Art Nouveau style was self-consciously international
and American artists and architects in New York, Buffalo, Boston, Cincinnati, and Chicago readily
adapted the style. As interpreted by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, the movement in America
set the stage for a modernism that in turn had a great influence on progressive art and architecture in the
United States, Europe, and Japan.