Monday, January 19, 2009

Faberge And Tiffany And Lalique? Oh My!

Artistic Luxury Exhibit
February 7, 2009 — May 31, 2009
Legion Of Honor Museum
San Francisco, California

Stan Parchin
Exhibition Explores Techniques & Rivalries of Three Famous Designers
This ticketed international loan exhibition that reunites nearly 250 opulent objects from the Gilded Age, on view at the San Francisco, California's Legion of Honor Museum from February 7-May 31, 2009. Lenders to Artistic Luxury... include Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco and public and private collections in London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg and the United States.

Meeting of Minds: The 1900 Paris International Exposition

Over 50 million visitors attended the Paris Exposition Universelle or World's Fair from April 15 to November 12, 1900. Some 60 countries presented 85,000 exhibitions that displayed the best of their artistic, cultural, scientific and industrial accomplishments. Innovations such as the escalator, wireless telegraph and first projected sound films were demonstrated. The Parisian cityscape was forever changed by the construction of various venues for the event, among them the Grand Palais, Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Orsay and Petit Palais.

Three of the early 20th Century's greatest designers and their ateliers (studios) were represented together for the first and only time at the International Exposition: Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) of St. Petersburg, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) of New York and René Lalique (1860-1945) of Paris. The conservative designs of Fabergé, a jeweler, appealed to the British and Russian royal tastes while those of Tiffany attracted a much broader clientele. Lalique's avant-garde works were purchased by the cognoscenti of artistic and literary circles.

The Exhibition
Artistic Luxury... explores the three designers' sources of inspiration in historicism (the revival of popular motifs from the past), Art Nouveau and Modernism. The exhibition also examines each artist's development and how they responded to their clients' demands for sumptuous decorative objects. While their styles were unique, Fabergé, Tiffany and Lalique shared a common desire to transform everyday objects into splendid artistic creations for their sybaritic benefactors.

Highlights of the installation include:

* Easter eggs by Fabergé (including Imperial ones owned by Princess Grace of Monaco) and jewelry designed for the Russian tsars and their families;

* the stained-glass Magnolia Window by Tiffany and his studios (never before exhibited in the United States) as well as examples of the artist's Favrile glass vases and incomparable lamps;

* Lalique’s Art Nouveau designs for jewelry that incorporate stylized birds and insects, flora, mythical creatures and idealized female forms;

* Tiffany & Co.'s Adams Vase from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the firm's star attraction at the International Exposition; and

* bronze sculptures of women metamorphosing into butterflies that adorned Lalique’s booth at the Exposition Universelle.

Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique is the first comparative study of the work of the three greatest jewelry and decorative arts designers at the turn of the 20th century: Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique. Their rivalry found its stage at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris—the only exposition where all three showed simultaneously and where the work of each was prominently displayed. Some of their most elaborate designs for the Paris World's Fair are reunited for the first time in a gallery recreating the ambiance of this opulent international exposition. Looking critically at the development, design, and marketing of each firm, this exhibition explores how these designers responded to the demand for luxury goods in the years leading up to World War I.

Event Prices

*Adult $20.00
*Youth (13-17) $16.00
*Seniors (65+) $17.00

Event Hours

Sunday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM

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1 comment:

Paris Atelier said...

Be still my heart! <3
I would love to be able to go to that. What an exhibit. A girl can never have too much Tiffany, Faberge and Lalique in her life! Wonderful post my friend!