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Lisbon, Portugal -- This exhibition brings together a remarkable set of objects representative of the Art Deco taste, an artistic style that confirmed itself from the 1920s onwards. The show continues through January 3rd, 2010 at Lisbon's Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Art Deco, 1925 assembles one hundred and fifty exceptional works, including jewellery, porcelain, ceramics, glass, painting, sculpture and furniture, aiming to evoke the “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes”, which took place in Paris in 1925. From the group of objects gathered for the Lisbon exhibition - about one third has been on view in Paris seminal exhibitions –what deserves special mention is the significant sculpture group by Janniot Le Printemps or Hommage à Jean Goujon, acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian, which stood outside the “Hôtel du Collectioneur” Pavillion.
The show includes, among others, jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Chaumet, and Boucheron, ceramics by Jourdain and Braquemond, porcelain by Rapin, paintings by Le Corbusier, Léger, and Laurencin, sculpture by Janniot and Joseph Bernard, glass from Baccarat and by Lalique, furniture by Ruhlmann, Leleu, Groult, and Dunand, silverware from Christofle, textiles by Dufrène and Miklos, and illustrated books and bindings (Schmied, Dunand and Legrain), from public and private collections, mainly from France, but also from Portugal. 
The Calouste Gulbenkian collection is represented by the sculpture by Janniot, mentioned above, and by other works which include glass, decorative objects and books, all eminently representative of the Art deco taste.

In spite of Portugal not having been officially represented at the 1925 Exhibition, one of its artists, Canto da Maya – residing in Paris at the time – showed some of his works in French pavilions. He is represented in the exhibition with two sculptures, namely Eve or Femme au Serpent.

Significant loans were received from public and private collections, mainly from France, which accepted to share some of their treasures with us. The exhibition is curated by Chantal Bizot and Dany Sautot who are also responsible for the works selection.

Among the activities programmed around the exhibition, special note should be taken of two chamber recitals dedicated to French music from the early twentieth century, on 18th October and 8th November.

For  further information on the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum  of Lisbon please follow this link . . .