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.

Vase: stylized leaf design
Coffeepot: recessed and raised dot motif
Prima che si apra il paracadute
Cup and saucer: recessed and raised dot motif
Théâtre de la Pantomime Futuriste [Futurist Pantomime Theater]
Signage: Numeral 1
Dining chair
Pantomima: poesie | Pantomime
Uitgegeven door De Verzamelcommissie 14 [Published by the Collection Committee 14]
Movimento Futurista: diretto da F.T. Marinetti, Milano, Corso Venezia, 61
Dining chair with armrests
Watch Fob
Sorvolando Sabaudia | Flying over Sabaudia
Lily Cup Cabinet