World Art Collections Exhibition
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau

A major new exhibition of the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau opens at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia(UEA), Norwich, on Tuesday 9 February and runs until Sunday 23 May 2010. The Collection, which was given to the University of East Anglia in 1978 by Sir Colin and Lady Anderson, is considered one of the most exquisite privately assembled collections in the country. The Art Nouveau design styles featured in the exhibition can also been seen in Norwich, on buildings by leading architect Geoff Skipper.

Emilie Gallé
Vase, c. 1920
‘Blow-out’ cameo glass
Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau
UEA 21017

The Anderson Collection, which is exhibited every 3 years at the Sainsbury Centre, comprises jewellery, furniture, glasswork and metalwork featuring the fluid organic lines and whiplash curves that characterised European styles in the last years of the 19th and early years of the 20th century. Pieces by the leading exponents of Art Nouveau will be on display including Emile Gallé, René Lalique, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Minton and Royal Doulton. Visitors will also able to see a new addition to the collection, a stunning dragonfly brooch, which has recently been generously donated.

“We have the exciting opportunity to re-present the entire Anderson Collection on a regular basis as part of the Sainsbury Centre’s special exhibitions programme. This means that our approach to the collection is constantly refreshed by the possibility of a different display aesthetic and, perhaps more importantly, by new research into all aspects of the Art Nouveau movement. ” – Nichola Johnson, Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The new exhibition will offer insights in to the development of Art Nouveau by focusing on some of the key makers represented in the Anderson Collection. Amongst those featured will be Emile Gallé, who developed innovative cameo glass techniques, Archibald Knox, who was a leading designer for Liberty & Co, and René Lalique, who initiated a revolution in French jewellery design.

The exhibition will tell the fascinating stories of names such as of Louis Comfort Tiffany who originally found success in interior design when his firm was commissioned for prestigious projects; these included the refurbishment of Mark Twain’s house and rooms in the White House for President Arthur. Other stories will include: the close relationship between Georges Fouquet and Alphonse Mucha, the influence of the Japanese style of Phillipe Wolfers and the rise to fame of Louis Majorelle at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. Supplementary information available on request.

Although the Art Nouveau style was based around botanical and natural motifs, it was essentially urban, adorning homes, buildings, streets and cities. The architecture of George Skipper (1856-1948), one of the UK’s leading Art Nouveau exponents, can be seen in Norwich. The Royal Arcade (1899) is an Art Nouveau gem, as is Skipper’s office, just round the corner from the arcade and now part of Jarrolds Department Store. The terracotta frieze on the building depicts a day in the life of the architect and his family. Skipper was also the architect for Norwich Union’s headquarters, Surrey House. The Marble Hall, which boasts 15 different types of marble, is breathtaking.

The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau runs concurrently with The Artist’s Studio, an exhibition which explores the ways artists have represented their workplaces in Britain since the mid-17th century. Full press release available on request.

Dragonfly Brooch, 1890-1900
Gold, semi-precious stones
Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau
UEA 21157

Dates, Times and Information
The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau runs from Tuesday 9 February t o Sunday 23 May 2010. The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays), 10am to 5pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays. Tel 01603 593199

Combined Admission to The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and The Artist’s Studio
£4, concessions £2
Family admission (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £8, concessions £8.

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National Express
Additonal Marketing Support for the Anderson Collection Exhibition
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Other Information
George Sexton Associates have provided the lighting and exhibition design for The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau

The Sainsbury Centre is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation