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.

Conquista dell'Africa: Arrendetevi! [Conquest of Africa: Surrender!]
Die Tiefe des Meeres [The Depths of the Ocean]
Storytone Piano Stool
Floridoil - Bottiglia "Cinzano" [Floridoil - "Cinzano" Bottle]
Uitgegeven door De Verzamelcommissie 4 [Published by the Collection Committee 4]
Desk with light
Armchair with ashtray
Commemorative clock from A Century of Progress, Chicago
Sparton, model 517
Banister: straight and spiral motif
Sintesi Fascista [Fascist Synthesis]
Miele Italiano Miele [Honey Italian Honey]
Signage: Numeral 2
Creamer: recessed and raised dot motif