The historical overview begins with one of Germany's most impressive collections of Art Nouveau, which documents the many facets of this style, showing its regional variations. It opens with French Art Nouveau objects, featuring prominent works of École de Nancy artists, such as glasswork by Emile Gallé and Daum Frères, pieces of furniture by Louis Majorelle and Gallé as well as the outstanding bust La Nature by Alfons Mucha.
|Buffet with fine inlay by Louis Majorelle|
Another important facet of the movement is illustrated by the considerable number of works by the leading figures of the Wiener Werkstätte (“Vienna workshops”), Josef Hoffman and Koloman Moser. Works by Anglo-American artists such as William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Edward Burne-Jones and Louis Comfort Tiffany round out the collection of Art Nouveau.
In addition, the collection gives a representative overview of the art scene in Munich, Darmstadt, Dresden, Berlin and Weimar – the centres of German Art Nouveau – around the beginning of the 20th century. It features works by such renowned German designers as Richard Riemerschmid, Peter Behrens, Josef Maria Olbrich, Bruno Paul and Henry van de Velde. The collection also focuses on the Art Nouveau movement in Karlsruhe and the Baden region and presents objects by Max Laeuger and Hermann Billing.
Art Nouveau dining room, designed by Koloman Moser, 1904