The fascination for feminine beauty

In the exhibition 'Goddesses of Art Nouveau, this fascination for female beauty is examined more closely and placed in the context of social developments of the time. What is particularly striking is that these women, with their luscious locks of hair and transparent robes, not only had the appearance of a goddess but also acted as goddesses. They almost always stood for something bigger than themselves and gave designs a symbolic meaning. Often they embodied higher ideals, human feelings of timeless virtues.

The exhibition features goddesses and nymphs, angels and fairies, jewellery, sculptures, drawings, magazines, advertising material, and all kinds of decorative objects made of silver, glass, or ceramics.

Works by Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley, René Lalique, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec can be seen alongside numerous objects by other well-known designers, with a special focus on female artists. Photography and film are also part of the exhibition. This includes a film registration of the revolutionary Serpentine Dance by Loïe Fuller, the dancer who was a great source of inspiration for the artists of Art Nouveau.