This major retrospective presents for the first time the complete artistic range of the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony’s founding member Hans Christiansen (1866-1945). The many interesting facets of this renowned artist of art nouveau can finally be seen together in one large exhibition conceived by the Institut Mathildenhöhe and the Museumsberg Flensburg in collaboration with the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich and the Bröhan-Museum Berlin.
Hans Christiansen is one of the most important representatives of Jugendstil, the German version of the aesthetic revolution commonly called art nouveau. After achieving much success in Paris with his designs for the decorative arts, Christiansen was appointed in 1899 as the first member of the Darmstadt Artists' Colony founded by Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine.
As part of the Artists' Colony on the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Christiansen blossomed and excelled as a visual artist and designer, making full use of his artistic freedom in Darmstadt guaranteed by the Grand Duke. In the retrospective, many of Christiansen’s designs can be seen alongside the realized artworks giving insight into the versatility of the artist, who also staged elaborate fireworks and light installations. The exhibition covers all phases of Christiansen’s work from Hamburg and Paris to Darmstadt and Wiesbaden, and presents furniture ensembles, stained glass, jewelry, posters, paintings, drawings, textile art, ceramics, as well as hitherto unknown fashion and poster designs from the 1920s. A special focus is placed on the artist’s own house on the Mathildenhöhe that he designed for himself together with the architect and fellow Artists’ Colony member Joseph Maria Olbrich.
The retrospective features many previously un-exhibited works from the estate of the artist that now belongs to the Museumsberg Flensburg, as well as works from the Darmstadt Municipal Art Collection and loans from museums and private collections.
Following the first presentation of the this retrospective at Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, the exhibition will travel to the Bröhan-Museum Berlin, followed by the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich and the Museumsberg Flensburg, where the show will end in the artist’s place of birth just before his 150th birthday.
Dr. Philipp Gutbrod, curator and conservator of the collection, Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt Institute
Dr. Michael Fuhr, Director, Museumsberg in Flensburg
Dr. Dorothee Bieske, curator and conservator of the collection, Museumsberg in Flensburg
An exhibition of the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt Institute and of the Museumsberg in Flensburg in collaboration with the Villa Stuck Museum in Munich and the Bröhan Museum in Berlin.
The exhibition will then travel to the Bröhan Museum, Berlin (19 Feburary– 24 May 2015), the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich (18 June – 20 September 2015) and to the Museumsberg Flensburg (11 October – 17 January 2016).
Picture: Hans Christiansen (1866-1945) © Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt