“Forays through nature. Glass treasures from Art Nouveau” in Mannheim until June 30, 2024


A special exhibition with glass treasures from the Art Nouveau period has opened today at Mannheim’s Reiss-Engelhorn Museums.

The new special exhibition entitled “Forays through nature. Glass treasures from Art Nouveau” is presented in the Peter & Traudel Engelhornhaus Foundation Museum on Mannheim’s Toulonplatz. On display are 80 objects from two private collections. The items on loan include vases, bowls, ashtrays and paperweights.

Nature was considered a role model and stylistic device in Art Nouveau. Art Nouveau wanted to open our eyes to the “beauty of the inconspicuous in nature,” explained Eva-Maria Günther, curator of the exhibition. Some exhibits, for example, show prickly hedges – instead of roses, dandelions, thistles, and sometimes even weeds. The works of art also depict moods in nature such as dawn or a sunset.

80 objects from two private collections are on display and objects come from well-known Art Nouveau artists. The objects exhibited in Mannheim come from well-known representatives of Art Nouveau such as the French Emile Gallé and René Lalique. The “Morning Glory” vase by the American glass designer Louis Comfort Tiffany can be seen, the decoration of which shows a blue bindweed with vaporized gold dust.

Glass art is a focus of the Peter & Traudl Engelhornhaus donor museum. The current show is the fourth special exhibition at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums in this art area. The exhibition runs until June 30, 2024 and includes works of well-known artists.

Address: Mon., November 6th, 2023 6:00 a.m., SWR4 BW in the morning, SWR4 Baden-Württemberg.

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