This exhibition features European decorative and fine art from about 1890 to 1910. Works by artists such as Hector Guimard, František Kupka, Edvard Munch, and Vilmós Zsolnay illustrate the fascination of the period with dreams, nature, and the exotic—as well as the creeping unrest felt in Europe as the old century ended and a new, uncertain, one began. Circa 1900: Decorative Arts at the Turn of the Century also features several Art Nouveau items collected by Dominique de Menil that are now part of the Menil Collection.
"A period of upheaval forms the backstory behind the objects in this fascinating exhibit." —Houston Chronicle
"Don’t miss the delightfully uplifting decorative designs highlighted in this hidden treasure . . . These objets d’art serve as reminders of how beautiful life really is." —CultureMap