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.

Banister: straight and spiral motif
Lianen [Liane], No. 380
Fabric sample: Webstudie [Web Study]
Depero Futurista
Door handle: flat L-shaped
Controllo di Rotta [Route Control]
Die Tiefe des Meeres [The Depths of the Ocean]
Armchair with ashtrays
Hecht [Pike], No. 338
Armchair with ashtray
Coffee cup with saucer: gourd
Banister: straight and spiral motif
Théâtre de la Pantomime Futuriste [Futurist Pantomime Theater]