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Exhibition Ornament Squared at the Mathildenhöhe Institut in Darmstadt – from 12 March to 2 July 2017

Ornament Squared – Inge Niemöller Art Nouveau Tile Collection Gift

The Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt is dedicated to the "Ornament Squared" in the framework of an exhibition of about 200 works. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a selection of English Art Nouveau tiles, which in the year 2015, by means of a comprehensive testamentary donation by the deceased collector Inge Niemoller, became the property of the Städtisches Kunstsammlung Darmstadt and is now presented for the first time publicly.

The tile was omnipresent in Europe around 1900. Whether in public places like libraries or department stores, or in private premises such as kitchens or bathrooms, the ornamentation of Art nouveau became widespread with a range of new patterns on wall and floor tiles.

The handy - mostly 15 x 15 cm - format could be manufactured in series and thus cost-effectively thanks to modern production means. Also due to its hygienic and decorative advantages, the tile was used almost in all areas of everyday life.

The exhibition in the sculptor's workshop of the “museum artists' colony” presents the tile as an ornament and at the same time as an object of use, illustrating clearly the radical developments of art and culture in the private as well as in the social sphere - from industrialization to the renovation of the style.

By combining these loans with works from the legacy of Inge Niemoller, and the work of artists' colony members, as well as design drawings, books, fabrics and furniture, the exhibition illustrates the diverse influences and the spread of Art Nouveau ornament around 1900 in Europe.

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Picture: Ornament Squared © Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt


World Art Nouveau Day 2018 

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