MKG in Hamburg Reappraises Art Nouveau with Exhibition of More than 180 Posters


HAMBURG.- On the occasion of the reappraisal of one of the most comprehensive collections of commercial art in the world, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg will show a selection of 180 works of the decades when picture production exploded – around 1900. The exhibition will be on view on May 20th and will run until August 28th 2011. From the late 19th Century the MKG accumulated a unique collection comprising more than 15000 sheets, among them posters, book covers, calendars sheets, postcards and letterheads. Among the 200 designers from Europe and the US represented, are leading artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Alfred Mucha, Henry van de Velde, and Peter Behrens. The artists used print especially to deal with contemporary topics, like sports, fashion, politics, engineering and the everyday and laid the foundations for corporate design, graphic design and an aesthetics of advertising – all of which are comm