1.Tracing the development of Japonism and Art Nouveau in Western applied arts through the collection of the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts
Japonism was a phenomenon in which a wide range of works influenced by Japanese arts and crafts came to be produced in Europe in the late 19th century, eventually becoming one of the primary sources of Art Nouveau. Practitioners of the applied arts studied Japanese decorative techniques, beginning by copying images, and learning and exploring the observation of nature and the effects of materials that underlie the charm of Japanese arts and crafts. This exhibition presents numerous outstanding works that exemplify these aspects of Japonism.
2. Masterworks from Mintons Ltd., Émile Gallé, the Daum Brothers, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Bigot Cie., the Royal Porcelain Factory, Berlin and elsewhere
This exhibition features works from the internationally renowned Art Nouveau section of the Ceramics and Glass Collection at the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts. Many of these were acquired as contemporary masterworks of their day, such as those purchased directly from artists and workshops in the late 19th and early 20th century and those purchased at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. The works presented here include those shown in public for the first time since they were acquired, and centerpieces of the museum’s collection that are the subject of constant loan requests from institutions around the world.
3. Numerous masterworks from renowned Hungarian ceramic manufacturers the Zsolnay Factory
48 works (56 pieces) from the Zsolnay Factory, one of the most important producers of Hungarian Art Nouveau, will be on view. Viewers can experience the wonders of Zsolnay through a wide range of works, including those featuring their original eosin glaze, as well as other materials and decorative techniques such as a Faience Fine tea set, a crystalline glazed jar, a stoneware pitcher and more.