The Lightner Museum has announced the opening of a major touring exhibition, “The Triumph of Nature: Art Nouveau from the Chrysler Museum of Art.” The exhibition marks the culmination of the Lightner’s 75th anniversary celebration and will be on view from Nov. 17 through March 15.
The Lightner Museum will celebrate the opening of this exhibition on the evening of Nov. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m., with a spectacular soirée inspired by all things Art Nouveau. Guests will get an exclusive first look at the exhibition while enjoying craft cocktails curated by The Treasury on the Plaza, hors d'oeuvres served by Chef's Garden and live music by Miami's French Horn Collective, all while immersed in lavish decor inspired by the era in the historic Alcazar Casino.
Tickets for the event are available on lightnermuseum.org.
Featuring the organic furniture of Louis Majorelle, the alluring posters of Alphonse Mucha and the luminous works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, “The Triumph of Nature” presents a dazzling selection of ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, paintings, posters, prints, sculpture and textiles from one of the finest and largest U.S. collections of Art Nouveau. The exhibition will be displayed in the Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery.
Completed in 1889, the space is contemporary with the origins of Art Nouveau and provides an ideal context for these remarkable works of art.
Art Nouveau was an exuberant, radical style that blithely trampled many of the Victorian era’s traditions of art and design. Celebrating beauty and nature while embracing new technologies and incorporating international influences, Art Nouveau exploded age-old orthodoxies with its fanciful approach to art, architecture and design.
Art Nouveau flourished during a period of rapid social and technological change in Europe and America. Taking inspiration from the vitality of nature, the pioneers of Art Nouveau created sensuous, decadent works of art dominated by sinuous, undulating lines, stylized organic forms and bold asymmetric compositions.
On the brink of a new century, these visionary artists and designers rejected slavish adherence to past styles, challenged social and cultural norms and sought to create a vocabulary of design for the modern age.
“The Triumph of Nature: Art Nouveau from the Chrysler Museum of Art” is organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginiam and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.