20 April 2017 - 2 July 2017
|Place||Krakow, International Cultural Centre Gallery, Rynek Główny 25, POLAND|
|Organizer||International Cultural Centre in Cracow|
This exhibition shows Hungarian architecture and applied art around 1900 as exemplified by the Zsolnay factory. Its origins date back to 1853, but the workshop founded by Miklós Zsolnay started flourishing under his son Vilmos. In addition to tableware and other household ceramics, it specialised in architectural decorations adorning roofs, facades and the interiors of public buildings, churches and houses. Numerous examples can still be found in the cities of Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Serbia or Romania. The diversity of production corresponding to the artistic tastes of the era, the vision of the owners and innovative technologies all turned Zsolnay into one of the best‑known pottery factories not only in Austria‑Hungary, but in Europe as a whole. Zsolnay is synonymous with Hungarian Art Nouveau, and the products of this workshop draw comparisons with the works of Clément Massier or Louis Comfort Tiffany. These captivating wares, with their characteristic soft lines and iridescent metallic colours, still inspire delight in researchers and collectors. The Zsolnay factory phenomenon reveals the wider context of the social and cultural processes in Hungary at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibition is being mounted in cooperation with the Janus Pan‑ nonius Múzeum in Pécs.