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Alsace has an impressive cultural heritage: over 250 museums! The traditional Alsace culture also remains rooted in the life of the Alsacians.
Although Alsace's history still plays its part in today's traditions (for instance, every August there's an event held called the Wedding of Ami Fritz in Marlenheim), Alsace also insists in being rooted in the present. Culture lovers will be amazed by the grandiose opera houses and theatres, which are national stages.
A new museum showcasing the work of the famous French Art Nouveau jewelry and ornament designer Rene Lalique recently opened in Alsace. The museum (www.musee-lalique.com) has been built in the heart of the Northern Vosges Nature reserve.
Reissues of some of Lalique's older works and contemporary designs are still produced in the company's factory at Wingen-sur-Moder, which is located near the new museum, at the site of an old glassmaking factory that operated in the 18th and 19th centuries.
René Lalique (1860 – 1945) was one of the foremost creators of Art Nouveau and Art Dećo glass and crystal, and was influenced by William Morris of the Arts & Crafts Movement while studying in England. He is also widely regarded as the founder of modern jewelry.
In addition to displaying the many facets of Rene Lalique's work up to his death in 1945, Lalique crystal, which his family concentrated on after his death, is also prominently showcased in the museum and homage is paid to the Alsace glassmakers who perpetuate this expertise.
Exhibits are based on works belonging to the museum's permanent collection as well as donations from the Lalique Company and major Parisian museums such as the Musee des Arts Decoratifs and the Musee des Arts et Metiers.
Rene Lalique(1860-1945) was considered by many to be the inventor of modern jewelry. Drawing inspiration from nature and daring enough to use the female body as an ornamental component, Rene Lalique created some of the most iconic jewels of the Art Nouveau period.
Using components such as horn, ivory, semi-precious stones, enamel and of course glass combined with gold and precious stones, he made pendants, broaches, necklaces, tiaras and more which were original, imaginative works, produced using the most elaborate of techniques.
At the height of his career as a jeweler, Lalique changed direction and became a glassmaker and produced perfume bottles, boxes, vases and lamps and then started designing radiator caps for the luxury cars of the Jazz Age, decorations for trains like the Orient Express and passenger liners including the famous Normandie. Succeeded by his son and then his granddaughter, the Lalique Company was bought by the Pochet Group in 2008.