Antoni GaudíWall mirror© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / René-Gabriel Ojéda
Forgotten, discredited even, for many decades, Art Nouveau was rehabilitated in the 1960s in a way that affected the history of art and the art market as much as contemporary creative work (design and graphics). There were many reasons for this revival: tributes paid by the Surrealists in the 1930s, the Organic Design in Home Furnishings
competition organised by the MoMA in 1940, major exhibitions put on in New York (Art Nouveau. Art and Design at the Turn of the Century
, MoMA, 1959), and in Paris (Les sources du XXe siècle
, Musée National d'Art Moderne, 1960).
However, it is not a question of determining the reasons for this renaissance, but of comparing Art Nouveau creations with creative output from 1950 to 1970, in order to highlight the influences expressed in very varied and sometimes unexpected areas, such as furnishings, fashion, advertising, films and even the psychedelic aesthetic.
CuratorPhilippe Thiébaut, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay