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Exhibition Subject for Poetry. Speaking glasswork von Emile Gallé at the Ecole de Nancy Museum – from 31 March to 9 July 2017


In the work of the Nancy-born artist Emile Gallé (1846-1904), writings are essential. They can take several forms: correspondence, Art reviews articles, exhibitions leaflets, but also quotations, and constant references to literature as a source for inspiration and decoration for his glass items, ceramics and woodworks. When associated to naturalist patterns, calligraphy turns itself into a decoration pattern, reinforcing at the same time the symbolic force of the object.

The Ecole de Nancy museum preserves, within its unique collection of Gallé’s glassworks, more than fifty “speaking” items. Among them small series items inspired from medieval tales as well as unique items inspired from the Bible, romantic and contemporary poets can be found. Through the study of those literary references arises the personality of a highly educated and committed man who had a predilection for Victor Hugo’s work.

The Ecole de Nancy museum proposes to its visitors to re-discover those items under this specific lighting in order to improve the understanding of nuances and symbols of this work. This presentation is completed with a programme of guided tours for all visitors.

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Picture: Emile Gallé, vase The rain at the pond blows bubbles © MEN - Cliché Studio Image

 

World Art Nouveau Day 2018 

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