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Plain or Fancy? - Restraint and Exuberance in the Decorative Arts

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© Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Plain or Fancy? - Restraint and Exuberance in the Decorative Arts

1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028-0918
February 26th, 2013 - August 18th, 2013
Opening: February 26th, 2013 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.metmuseum.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
upper east side
EMAIL:  
communications@metmuseum.org
PHONE:  
(212) 535-7710
OPEN HOURS:  
Sun-Thu 10-5:30; Fri-Sat 10-9
TAGS:  
decorative arts, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Modernism was not the first movement to cast a shadow on ornament and adornment, though it was the most effective one. This exhibition contrasts austere works of art with ornate ones, encouraging viewers to examine their own responses and to consider them in the light of different stylistic imperatives of the past. Drawn from the Museum's collection of European sculpture and decorative arts, the exhibition follows the theme from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.