The museum is compiling an exhibition about the international art nouveau movement. Key features of this style, which held sway throughout Europe from 1890 to 1910, are flowing lines and floral motifs. Another characteristic is the frequent depiction of females.
Many of them are divine figures taken from classical antiquity, Byzantine icons, medieval legends and contemporary muses. In the exhibition ‘Goddesses of Art Nouveau’ (Godinnen van de art nouveau) this fascination for female beauty is examined more closely in the context of the social developments of the period.
The exhibition features the females in jewels, sculptures, drawings, magazines and advertising material, book covers, book illustrations, posters, literature and on all sorts of decorative objects made of silver, glass or ceramics.