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Matières de Rêves: Stuff of Dreams From
the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Portland Art Museum
Feb 2-Apr 28

Paul and Henri Vever, Marguerite Brooch (1900), designed by Eugene Grasset, gold, enamel, sapphires, topaz [Portland Art Museum, Feb 2-Apr 28]
Matières de Rêves: Stuff of Dreams is an exhibit of decorative and functional art including over 100 pieces of furniture, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, glass, and other astonishing objects from daily life created between the Middle Ages and the present. Included is a clock from Marie Antoinette’s bathroom, a silver candelabra by Meissonier who launched the Rococo style, pieces of jewellery and furniture from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, as well as works by contemporary designers such as Philippe Starck, César, and Bonetti/Garouste.

The objects in this exhibit range from ornate and lavish to modern and refined. Each are part of a long history containing different stories about their origins, creators, function, and/or time period. A surrealistic element links together the multitude of elaborate, sensuous and sometimes curious works of art. The “Marguerite” Brooch, from the Art Nouveau period is rich with sapphires and topaz. This gold-laden piece pictures a woman with the inscription, “she loves me, she loves me not”.

The opportunity to view works from the Paris Musée des Arts Decoratifs is rare and not to be missed. Matières de Rêves will make its North American premiere in Portland before traveling to Hartford, Connecticut and Birmingham, Alabama and then returning to France. Accompanying this exhibit will be a series of lectures. Call the Portland Art Museum at 503-226-2811 for further information.

© Robert Petersen


 Mon, Nov 11, 2002