|Description||Though we had a soft opening in November, about 25 more extraordinary objects—from the December auctions of Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Quittenbaum (Munich) and others—have been added to our New Explorations exhibition. Now on display, as of February 5, are 101 objects which are new acquisitions (92), or haven’t been on view for over two years (9).
Not since 2009 has our International Decorative Art Collection been showcased at Kirkland Museum in such a comprehensive way.
These 101 items have been added to all eleven of our design areas: Arts & Crafts, Aesthetic, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstätte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, Pop Art and Post-Modern—a methodically planned, comprehensive growth.
New Explorations in International Design 1878–2000 highlights our international design collection, recognized as one of the most important displays in North America, from the last quarter of the 19th century through the 20th century. Major, new acquisitions are integrated into the Kirkland’s salon settings.
The 101 recently displayed objects are in addition to the many new decorative art acquisitions that have been put on view over the last several years. Although a corresponding number of objects have been rotated off view, of course, there is a net gain of quality and diversity.
The hallmark salon atmosphere of Kirkland Museum, showing decorative and fine art together, has been maintained with inviting vignettes composed wherever possible. This makes us notably different in presentation from most other museums.
The earliest work is a tapestry (1878) by the English artist William Morris, the initial driving force of the Arts & Crafts movement. The most recent work is a six-piece coffee/tea service (2000) by the late Eva Zeisel, made in a limited edition of 200 by the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, Russia. The items have been integrated into the design groupings at the Kirkland, replacing some objects previously on display, so that they enhance the remaining objects and better define each design style within their areas.
Objects in five different categories have been added: furniture (27), metal (17), ceramics (25), textiles (5) and glass (27). The diversity of these pieces strengthens both the educational experience and the entertainment experience.||