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Art Nouveau Innovation: Danish Porcelain from an American Collector

At the Brunnier Art Museum
Exhibition runs January 25 through May 9, 2021

Danish porcelain factories at the turn of the 20th century combined artistry and technological innovation at an unprecedented level of excellence. Both Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grøndahl explored new forms, new techniques, and new artistic influences. Like many artists of the Art Nouveau period, the designers and painters of Danish porcelain reflected an interest in the natural world and cultures from around the globe.

Art Nouveau Innovation: Danish Porcelain from an American Collector sets out to deepen the awareness of the unique artistry and avant-garde designs that these factories produced during the period, which was roughly 1885–1920. The exhibition, curated by the Museum of Danish America (Elk Horn, Iowa), will be on exhibition in the Ann Brunnier Decorative Arts Gallery in the Brunnier Art Museum.

A curated sampling of over 100 porcelain works of art are on loan from a private collection assembled through two generations. All of the objects are on loan from the current collector, Dr. Todd Reiser.

See a brief intro to the exhibition by University Museums curator Adrienne Gennett. 

Exhibition Program

Art Nouveau Innovation: Danish Porcelain from an American Collector Open House
Thursday April 8, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
IN-PERSON PROGRAM: Visit the exhibition Art Nouveau Innovation and have the opportunity to speak to Museum of Danish America Executive Director Tova Brandt and Associate Curator of Exhibitions Diya Nagaraj as well as collector Dr. Todd Reiser and University Museums’ Associate Curator Adrienne Gennett. With limited audience during this timed entry event, there will be ample opportunity to engage directly with these four experts in the field and experience the beautiful porcelain in the exhibition. The first two timed entries are reserved for members of the Museum of Danish America (Elk Horn, IA) and University Museums (4:30 and 5 p.m.) and the final two entries are open to the general public (5:30 and 6 p.m.). Pre-registration is required to reserve a space.

REGISTER:   
4:30 p.m. Entry (Members Only)      5:00 p.m. Entry (Members Only)     
5:30 p.m. Entry (General Public)      6:00 p.m. Entry (General Public)

 


Visit the Brunnier Art Museum

Hours: Hours have been altered due to COVID-19.
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed weekends and University holidays.

Address: Scheman Building (2nd Floor), 1805 Center Drive, Ames, Iowa
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $8.


HEADER IMAGE: Sauceboat from the Heron Service, 1888-1890. Bing & Grøndahl. Painter: Fanny Garde or Effie Hegermann-Lindencrone. Gilder: D. Schmidt. On loan from Dr. Todd Reiser.

INSET IMAGE LEFT: Vase with “Persian-like” Motif, 1886-1888. Royal Copenhagen (Danish, founded 1775). Artist: Jenny Kondrup. On loan from Dr. Todd Reiser.

INSET IMAGE CENTER: Plate - Crocus with Art Nouveau-styled ornaments, 1893. Royal Copenhagen (Danish, founded 1775). Artist: Svend Hammershøi. On loan from Dr. Todd Reiser.

INSET IMAGE RIGHT: Bat Wall Pocket, 1904-1911. Royal Copenhagen (Danish, founded 1775). Designed by Christian Thomsen in 1900, Painter Number 100: H. Hansen. On loan from Dr. Todd Reiser.

 

Art Nouveau Innovation: Danish Porcelain from an American Collector is organized by the Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa, from the collection of Dr. Todd Reiser. The traveling exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Albert Victor Ravenholt Fund, Seattle, Washington and The Danish Home, Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The exhibition is presented at the Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University through the generous support of James D. and Margery P. Iversen.

 

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