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.

Fireplace from the Th. G. Dentz van Schaick family home, Frederiksplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Uitgegeven door De Verzamelcommissie 6 [Published by the Collection Committee 6]
Signage: Numeral 6
Mafarca from the the Vita di Marinetti [Life of Marinetti] service
Pantomima: poesie | Pantomime
Model [futuristic automobile]
Miele Italiano Miele [Honey Italian Honey]
Dining chair
La Susanna di Munari [Susanna of Munari]
Philips: Duplo En Triplo Lampen Verblinden Niet [Philips: Duplo and Triplo lamps do not blind]
Mostra delle opere dell'architetto futurista comasco Sant'Elia: Como, Broletto, 14 settembre-3 ottobre 1930-VIII | Mostra Sant'Elia
Design drawing for the January calendar leaf for L. van Leer & Co., 1936
Coffee cup with saucer: gourd