Parisian Gallery Sculpts New Exhibit

Galerie Historismus, in only its second year, has already emerged as one of the world’s top galleries specializing in museum-quality European historical design. In the spirit of that qualification, the Paris gallery will host “Conflicts and Resolutions: A Selection of Early Twentieth Century Masterpieces” from September 12 through December 20. The exhibit features 20 works of applied art, painting, and sculpture, among which is a unique ceiling lamp designed by Henry van de Velde, one of the first European abstract artists, made in 1906 for Ernst Lubeck. Another highlight is a vase in hammered and polished brass, set with tiger’s eye cabochon gems and bearing the hallmark of Vienna’s Galerie Miethke, created by Koloman Moser in 1903. Shown is Oskar Schlemmer’s “Grotesque III,” the most important three-dimensional sculpture by one of the Bauhaus’ masters. Roberto Polo, the artistic adviser to Galerie Historismus and the exhibition’s curator, said, “The period that Historismus will exhibit will become more relevant in the art market, as collectors realize that virtually everything that happened in the later twentieth century had already been done in the period of this show.” (011.331., www.historismus.com)

—Alexandra Foster

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