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Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) began his work in glass with the same tools and ingredients that had been used by artisans for thousands of years before him. Tiffany took the science of glassmaking, however, and elevated it to an art form of new brilliance and beauty. Under his watch, teams of talented designers and craftspeople translated Tiffany’s all-encompassing vision into some of the most memorable glass creations of our time. Tiffany’s studio system was not a simple enterprise; he needed specialized employees—a hierarchy of artists and artisans—to accomplish his goals. This exhibition, updated and reinstalled on September 4, 2012, addresses the processes that Tiffany’s many companies used to produce everything from glass mosaics and molded buttons to leaded-glass lamps and windows.
In this exhibit, the Museum debuts a selection from Harry C. Sigman’s 2014 gift of 86 objects to the Morse. Sigman, a Los Angeles attorney, began collecting European and American decorative art in 1969, and his gift dovetails with the late 19th- and early 20th-century styles represented in the Morse collection. The donation includes art glass, pottery, metalwork, and furniture. Though comprised mainly of Jeannette and Hugh McKean’s massive gift, the Morse collection has always been supported by generous individuals such as Harry Sigman whose contributions have helped it to grow in important ways. The finely crafted objects on view can be appreciated both individually and in the context of the Museum’s entire collection.
Some of the finest Ljubljana works by the renowned Art Nouveau architect Maks Fabiani are presented in an open-air photographic exhibition by Miran Kambič, which marks the 150th anniversary of Fabiani's birth.
Maks Fabiani was one of the most important architects in Central Europe at the turn of the 20th century. In all periods of his career he remained faithful to Art Nouveau's underlying intention of making connections between art and everyday life.
For Fabiani, every building design project was also an urban development project involving a wider whole. This is particularly true of his Ljubljana works, practically all of which have their foundations in the large-scale urban plan for the redevelopment of Ljubljana after the earthquake of 1895, proposed by Fabiani on his own initiative the same year.
The photographer Miran Kambič (born 1965) has for many years been well-known for his work in the field of architectural photography. He is a regular contributor to Slovenian and international architectural magazines. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and catalogues and have been widely exhibited.
Venue: Krakovski nasip embakement – free visit
In 1905 Elizabeth Owens Morse, the daughter of Charles Hosmer Morse and Martha Owens Morse, married Richard Genius. The gift registry of this socially prominent Chicago bride—entitled “The Bride Elect”—survives in the Morse Museum’s archive, showing more than 250 gifts. Together these items provide a snapshot of the era, a glimpse into 1905 gift-giving traditions, and some insight into popular retail decisions made by wealthy consumers in the Chicago area. In this new exhibition, the Morse presents a representative group of the lovely gifts that survive from the Morse-Genius wedding, including Tiffany art glass, Rookwood pottery, and Gorham silver.
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Chronology, the Morse Museum’s authoritative timeline of Tiffany’s life, is now available on our website. It is currently as thorough a chronological listing of the basic facts of Tiffany’s personal and professional development as we know exists and will be updated as research reveals new information. Search by year, by a category of his life, or by keywords. Search “Favrile glass,” for example, to find what has been reported and recorded on Tiffany’s work in the medium for which he is best known. Entries in the chronology—which span from the birth of his grandfather in 1777 through the present day—are compiled from various sources including books, articles, contemporaneous accounts and records, as well as our own archival material.
Organised by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in the framework of the European project "Art Nouveau & Ecology" (2010-2015) supported by the Culture 2007-2013 programme of the European Commission, the exhibition comprises two identical concurrent exhibitions and has begun its journey to all partner cities in October 2013.
After Milan, the exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau will be presented in La Habana at the Palacio del Segundo Cabo (Cultural Space La Habana-Europe) from 3 to 31 July 2015.
It reveals the role that nature had in the Art Nouveau and how much the nature was the source of inspiration for the artists at the turn of 19th to 20th century.
Conceived by Catalan art historian Teresa-M. Sala, The Nature of Art Nouveau is an exhibition based on both encyclopedic information and individual experimentation.
Using photographs and documents, together with a dynamic scenography created by Antoni Garau, it offers a concise view of Art Nouveau yet also aims to bring vividly to life the “perfumes, sounds and hues” of the natural world.
This exhibition is free.
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
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