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.

Ritratto del pittore futurista Verossì [Portrait of futurist painter Verossì]
Coffee cup with saucer: gourd
Prima crociera atlantica su Rio de Janeiro [First Atlantic Long-distance Flight over Rio de Janeiro]
Nascita Aeropittura [Birth Aeropainting] from the the Vita di Marinetti [Life of Marinetti] service
Hecht [Pike], No. 338
Signage: Numeral 0
Radiator grille: Andreas cross motif
Mafarca from the the Vita di Marinetti [Life of Marinetti] service
Newspaper stand
Mostra delle opere dell'architetto futurista comasco Sant'Elia: Como, Broletto, 14 settembre-3 ottobre 1930-VIII | Mostra Sant'Elia
Numero unico
Conquista dell'Africa: Arrendetevi! [Conquest of Africa: Surrender!]
Uitgegeven door De Verzamelcommissie 6 [Published by the Collection Committee 6]
Coqueta Banqueta [Dressing Table with Full-length Mirror Bench]