Dolce Vita? from Liberty Style to Italian Design at the Musée d'Orsay
In Italy at the beginning of the 20th century, the decorative arts were part of a great tradition in arts and crafts, with artists taking it upon themselves to express the newly unified nation's desire for progress.
Cabinetmakers, ceramicists and master glassmakers often worked in collaboration with the greatest artists of their time, creating a true "Italian style" that would ultimately encourage the birth of modern design. This was a period of "paradoxical optimism" as highlighted by the title of this exhibition, displayed at the Musée d'Orsay, in Paris.
The goal is to point out the decades of intense creativity that took place against a background of a society undergoing profound change, a society initially encouraged by the aspirations of the Giolitti government, but later to experience the trauma of the First World War and the tragic consequences of Mussolini's regime.
In order to explore this context, the exhibition presents a chronological display of around one hundred works, and is based on a continuous dialogue between the decorative arts and fine arts.
A significant aspect of the early 20th century was the success of Art Nouveau, known as the "Liberty Style" or "floral style". Artists's love for sinuous lines inspired by natural forms, at times with exotic overtones, was related to the work of the Divisionist painters, who were closely linked by Symbolist trends throughout Europe.
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Admission fees and rates
For the exhibition and the museum.
Full price: 11€