Precious materials, sensual lines and glowing iridescence - the variety of designs of the artists from the Art Nouveau period was virtually limitless. They were not concerned with the overabundance of historicism, but rather a renunciation of its clutter. Something new had to be found! The solution: Around 1900 the artists applied the forms and colors of nature.
Herlinde Koelbl, known for many projects including her documentaries about politicians, presents here for the first time a project that is not about people. It is true that she continues to explore the theme of change and transience evidenced in her other work, but now her focus is on nature.
Ornamental porcelain – in the form of boxes, bowls or vases embellished with tropical plants, dancers or wild animals – was enormously popular in the 1920s. About 40 objects with stylised, expressive formal language are shown.