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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Law Building)

Exhibition Detail
Scandinavian Design
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, Texas 77005

August 26th, 2012 - January 27th, 2013
August 26th, 2012 12:15 PM - 7:00 PM
"Artichoke" Lamp, Poul HenningsenPoul Henningsen, "Artichoke" Lamp,
1958, copper, steel, and enameled metal
© Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
United States
Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Sunday 12:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, lighting

Scandinavian Design, drawn from the MFAH collection of decorative arts, showcases furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, and lighting from the 1920s to the 1970s. The MFAH first acquired examples of modern Finnish glass in 1954, and in recent years the museum has built on this history by acquiring outstanding objects from architects, designers, and manufacturers such as Alvar Aalto, Poul Henningsen, Finn Juhl, Kaj Franck, Georg Jensen, Bruno Mathsson, Orrefors, Verner Panton, Timo Sarpaneva, and Tapio Wirkkala.

The objects created by designers active in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden during the 20th century embody a distinctive aesthetic typified by an emphasis on high-quality design distributed widely through mass production.

Often characterized by Minimalism and clean lines, the Scandinavian design movement originated with a 1950s design show that traveled to the United States and Canada to showcase Nordic designers and the “Scandinavian way of living.” Scandinavian design influenced the development of Modernism in North America and Europe, and it continues to shape decorative arts today.

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