Collection Description

“Modernism” is a loosely defined term referring to a wide range of artistic movements beginning in the late nineteenth century. Common to most of these movements was a rejection of historicism in favor of materials, forms, and techniques that seemed suited to an era of mass industrial production, rapid communication and travel, and political upheaval. The Wolfsonian’s collection contains many items associated with self-consciously Modernist movements, including Viennese Secession graphic design, Italian Futurist “air paintings,” Czech and Soviet Constructivist book covers, and Bauhaus furniture.

Wall decoration for archway: cartouche, ribbons and flowers
Nascita Aeropittura [Birth Aeropainting] from the the Vita di Marinetti [Life of Marinetti] service
Lily Cup Cabinet
Uitgegeven door De Verzamelcommissie 15 [Published by the Collection Committee 15]
Signage: Numeral 6
Lamp: bullet design
Sofii Georgievnie Mel'nikovoi: fantasticheskii kabachek | To Sofiia Georgievna Mel'nikov: fantastic tavern | Mel'nikovoi
Coffee cup with saucer: gourd
Maquette: Globular Stage for Puppets
Ritratto del pittore futurista Verossì [Portrait of futurist painter Verossì]
Man with bowed head swinging rod
Uitgegeven door De Verzamelcommissie 19 [Published by the Collection Committee 19]