Modernism: The Art of Design, 1880–1940; Masterworks from the Norwest Collection

Modernism: The Art of Design, 1880–1940; Masterworks from the Norwest Collection

June 21, 1998 to September 13, 1998

In 1987, Norwest Corporation initiated a fully coordinated arts program to complement its new spaces in Norwest Center, a 57-story office tower in downtown Minneapolis designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates. The concept of the program—to acquire a core collection focusing on modernism, comprised of a diverse range of decorative, applied, and graphic arts created between 1880 and 1940, from the emergence of the British Arts and Crafts Movement to the outbreak of World War II—was prompted in large part by the character of the building and its interior spaces.

This exhibition included some 200 objects and emphasized metalware, glassware, ceramics, pottery, sculpture, and selected furniture by artists, designers, artisans, and architects identified with such movements as Art Nouveau, Vienna Moderne, De Stijl, Bauhaus, and Art Deco. The tenets of modernism continue to inform much of today’s art, design, and architecture.

Caption: Louis Comfort Tiffany, Mandarin (Lotus Leaf) Lamp (detail), c. 1900–1905, leaded glass and bronze. The Norwest Collection. Norwest Corporation, Minneapolis