Art Nouveau and the European Art Revolution - From the Prague Museum of Decorative Arts Until 01/07/18
A great exhibition dedicated to the Art Nouveau Style (in Italian “Stile Liberty”), the artistic and philosophical movement that in the decades between the nineteenth and twentieth century influenced the figurative arts, architecture, and applied arts. Also called «Art Nouveau» in France (and the US), «Jugendstil» in Germany, «Secession» in Austria, «Modernism» in Spain or «Modern Style» in Great Britain, Art Nouveau was a cultural phenomenon that took all of Europe by storm.
From the very important collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague come the more than 200 works presented at the stables and in the historical spaces of the castle of Miramare. The exhibition is intended to rebuild a cultural universe, a period in which the new artistic expressions opposed the eclectic nineteenth-century style, in the sign of renewal and rebellion against stagnant and sterile artistic figuration. An explosion of curvy and sinuous shapes in continuous movement, embellished with elegant decorative elements, elaborate leaves, curved flowers, limbed stems, dragonflies and peacocks, became characteristic not only for the traditional arts such as painting and architecture, but also for all the applied arts: from glass to ceramics, from graphic works to furniture, from jewellery to fashion and design models.
Alongside artists such as Jan Preisle and Alphonse Mucha - one of the most important and representative protagonists of Art Nouveau in Europe - examples of the graphic innovations by the Viennese artists Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser will be on show. Furthermore, jewels signed by Emanuel Novák, Josef Ladislav Nemec, and Franta Anýž; famous Bohemian glassworks and the creations of Adolf Beckert and Karl Massanetz - pioneer of enameled glass decoration - as well as the great names of Jan Kotěra, Josef Hoffmann and Leopold Bauer - students of the Wiener Akademie - and Otto Wagner, especially for furniture, as well as the architect Pavel Janák, main exponent of the Prague association Artěl.
From paintings to lithographs, from posters to jewellery, from amazing glass to ceramics, from furniture to fabrics, from clothing and linen to tableware, the exhibition in Trieste evokes the world of the Belle Époque and a bourgeoisie who counted on progress, telling about an era which sought beauty and balance, but above all aimed to incorporate art in every aspect of life.
Vestige of the Austrian Empire, Miramare Castle is enchantingly located on the Grignano promontory facing the Trieste Gulf on the Adriatic Sea, not far from the most north-easterly city of Italy, Trieste. The Austrian emperor Maximilian of Habsburg commissioned the Viennese architect Carl Junker to build the residential palace between 1856 and 1860, and the castle preserves to this day the furniture and original decorations of the era.
Miramare is surrounded by a sea shore park characterized by an impressive variety of plants, many of which were specially chosen by the archduke during his travels around the world as admiral of the Austrian Military Marine. The park also boasts landscaping elements such as historical greenhouses, gazebos, a Swiss hut, and decorative sculptures by the famous sculpture firm Moritz Geiss from Berlin.
Museo Storico del Castello di Miramare - Parco di Miramare - Viale Miramare - 34151 Trieste
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Vestige of the Austrian Empire, Miramare Castle is enchantingly located on the Grignano promontory facing the Trieste Gulf on the Adriatic Sea, about 8 km / 5 miles northwest of the most north-easterly city of Italy, Trieste. The Austrian emperor Maximilian of Habsburg (Austrian archduke, and later Emperor of Mexico) commissioned the Viennese architect Carl Junker to build the residential palace between 1856 and 1860, and the castle preserves to this day the furniture and original decorations of the era.
Miramare is surrounded by a sea shore park of 22 hectares / 54 acres, characterized by an impressive variety of plants, many of which were specially chosen by the archduke during his travels around the world as admiral of the Austrian Military Marine. A smaller castle (“castelletto”) is located in the park, which was used as residence by the couple during the construction of the main castle, and later "prison" for Carlota, who was said to suffer from mental illness after the murder of her husband in Mexico.
Miramare later became the residence of Duke Amedeo da Aosta, who lived in the castle from 1931 until 1937, when he received the nomination as viceroy of Ethiopia. His wife Anna of Orléans and their daughters Margherita and Maria Cristina continued to live there, albeit with interruptions, until early 1943. During their stay at the castle, modifications were undertaken in some of the first floor rooms following the style of the times, and modernity moved into the castle with electricity, two elevators, a neon lighting system, running water, phone lines, and central heating.
Your visit to the castle allows access to the apartments of Maximilian and his wife Carlota of Belgium, the guests rooms, the room dedicated to telling the story of how the castle and park were built, the apartment inhabited by Duke Amedeo da Aosta with furniture in the 1930s rationalist style. Do take note of the music room where Carlota used to play the piano (room 7), the series of paintings by Cesare dell'Acqua telling the story of Miramare (room 19), and the Throne Room, recently restored to its original splendor.
The beautiful park offers a botanic stroll of enormous interest together with a variety of landscaping elements, such as the important decorative sculpture collection by the famous sculpture firm Moritz Geiss from Berlin. You can also visit the stables – the recently restored building is now used for temporary exhibitions – as well as the historical greenhouses and the “castelletto,” which retains part of its original decoration on the first floor
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