Art Deco. Graphic Design from Paris

4 May until 21 October 2018
Paul Iribe, Illustration aus Les Robes des Paul Poiret, 1908, Radierung und Pochoirdruck, 31 x 27,7 cm, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe HamburgPaul Iribe, Illustration aus Les Robes des Paul Poiret, 1908, Radierung und Pochoirdruck, 31 x 27,7 cm, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

The very words Art Deco summon images of opulent curved forms, exquisite furniture, costly fabrics, and sophisticated garments – and only rarely of graphic art. And yet the printed image witnessed some remarkable achievements during this period. In recent years, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) has acquired a collection of Parisian prints mainly from the 1920s that is unparalleled anywhere in Germany. From a total of over 700 sheets, some 150 will be on view at the show, representing in equal measure posters, graphics (pochoir prints and lithographs), and advertisements printed chiefly in the magazines Vogue and L’Illustration. It may be surprising to see advertising placed on equal footing here with other graphic artworks, but these ads were often designed by leading artists and reflect the major themes of the times: the automobile, which reached an aesthetic culmination circa 1930; the French chanson, which rose to prominence in the 1920s; the Parisian Haute Couture created during this era; and, last but not least, dance and cabaret, which played an important role especially in Paris. 

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