Our exhibition Art Nouveau: After a Hundred Years runs in the Third Antechamber of the Catherine Palace from 13 December 2017 to 19 March 2018. Click pictures to enlarge them
It showcases some porcelain masterpieces of the past from the Tsarskoe Selo collection and today’s creations inspired by the time of Art Nouveau and completed with old technologies by artists of the St Petersburg Imperial Porcelain Manufactory.
The 164 pieces on display in the Third Antechamber lavishly demonstrate a variety of classic Art Nouveau styles from porcelain plaques and animal figures to tableware and vases, decorated with underglaze polychrome paintings of vegetation and lyrical landscapes.
The examples coming directly from the Art Nouveau era of a relatively short time span during the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century include around twenty pieces provided by the museum. Those are the vases Walnuts (1906), Water Lilies (1909) and Skerries of Finland (1905) and the figures of a cat (1903) and a sleeping dog (1915) by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, whose over 4,500 products are proudly held in our collection.
The museum’s part of the display is completed with works by the Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Denmark in the so-called “Copenhagen style” that astonished the 1889 World Expo in Paris with sofltly subdued clolurs in almost surreal paintings under thick layers of glaze.
Nearing its 275th anniversary in 2019, the St Petersburg Imperial Porcelain Manufactory has filled our exhibition display with modern replicas of old underglaze-painted creations and unique designer vases with crystalline and flowing glazes.
This is our fourth project with the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory after the Dialogue of Times exhibition in 2009, Wonderworld of Bisque in 2011 and The Time-Binding Thread in 2014. The exhibition catalogue (see right, click to enlarge) is available at Official Museum Shop in the Vestibule of the Catherine Palace.