Art Nouveau | New objectivity | Delft
Exhibition of the applied arts in Delft from the period 1880 to 1940. In the history books, this is sometimes referred to as the Second Dutch Golden Age. Thanks to industrialisation, the Netherlands could once again count itself one of the most prosperous countries in the world, as it had in the 17th century. Art Nouveau in France was translated into Nieuwe Kunst, or ‘New Art’, in the Netherlands. And Delft became the focus of Dutch Art Nouveau. Other national and international schools, like Art Deco, De Stijl and New Objectivity, subsequently made their appearance in Delft as well. The miraculous transformation, around 1900, of a relatively small provincial city into an important centre of fine and applied arts and industrial design, is the central theme of this exhibition.