John La Farge, American. Lunette, ca. 1880â82. Stained glass. by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851--1939 is a groundbreaking exhibition of stunning decorative arts which premiered at world's fairs from 1851 to 1939.
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the Worldâs Fairs, 1851â1939 by Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Co-organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the exhibition includes nearly 200 pieces of furniture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, textiles, and jewelry.
Georges Fouquet, French. Corsage Ornament, ca. 1923. Jade, onyx, diamonds. by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Many of these extraordinary objects have never before been seen in the United States.
The exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art runs through August 19.
Nelson-Atkins Museum with Claes Oldenburg shuttlecock sculpture by Nelson-Atkins Museum
The exhibit will re-open at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 13, 2012. In 2013 it will travel to New Orleans and North Carolina.
Rene Jules Lalique, French. Brooch, ca. 1903. Gold, glass, enamel, sapphire. by The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Decorative arts are on loan from 10 private
collections and 36 museums (11 international and 25 from the US) including The
Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, Art Institute of Chicago, The Victoria &
Albert Museum in London, Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
India (Brahmapur). Chair and Stool, ca. 1855. Ebony, ivory. by Victoria & Albert, London
Many of the items on display are nearly, or over, 100 years old, yet seem strikingly modern.
Keller Freres, France. Pitcher, 1900. Gilded silver. by Musee des Arts Decoratifs
This decorative, modern-looking screen appears to be a masterpiece of oil painting.
Hashio Kiyoshi, Japanese. Morning Sea, 1915. Wood screen. by Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania