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L'Art Nouveau: The Bing empire

Edward Colonna (1862-1948):Brooch c. 1900, Gold, enamel and pearl. Musee des Arts decoratifs, Paris • Photo courtesy of Van Gogh Museum
Edward Colonna (1862-1948):Brooch c. 1900, Gold, enamel and pearl.
Musee des Arts decoratifs, Paris
Photo courtesy of Van Gogh Museum
L'Art Nouveau: The Bing empire
AMSTERDAM  •  Van Gogh Museum  •  Ongoing
An exhibition on the emergence of the French Art Nouveau movement viewed from the perspective of art dealer and collector Siegfried Bing (1838-1905). The name of his Paris gallery, L'Art Nouveau, was adopted to describe the late nineteenth-century art movement, otherwise known as Jugendstil.

L'Art Nouveau: The Bing empire tells the story of Art Nouveau based around Bing's gallery. More than 400 objects and works of art that passed through Bing's shop will be presented, some in period rooms: glassware from Tiffany, paintings and sculptures by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Claudel and Vuillard, and furniture, ceramics and jewellery by Van de Velde, Colonna, De Feure and Gaillard. It is the first exhibition of this magnitude to focus on the origins of the French Art Nouveau.

One of the highlights of the show is a reconstruction of the Art Nouveau pavilion Bing presented at the Paris World Exposition of 1900. In an attempt to create a Gesamtkunstwerk Bing brought together three promising although relatively unknown designers: Georges de Feure, Edward Colonna and Eugène Gaillard. Striking examples of their remarkably elegant designs are presented in the Van Gogh Museum in period rooms. Screens, sofas, showcases and a complete bedroom interior, together with porcelain, glass and textile provide an authentic idea of what the pavilion must have looked like.

L'Art Nouveau: The Bing empire is organised in collaboration with the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris. The show is compiled by Prof. Gabriel P. Weisberg (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis), an expert on Art Nouveau and European art at the end of the nineteenth century, Edwin Becker of the Van Gogh Museum and Evelyne Possémé of the Musée des Arts décoratifs. The exhibition can be seen in the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich from 17 March to 31 July 2005, in the Caixa Forum in Barcelona from 6 September 2005 to 29 January 2006 and in Paris from March to July 2006.

Van Gogh Museum Web Site

Contact: Tel: (31) 20 570 52 00

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