René Lalique and the Age of Glass at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon
30/10/2020 > 01/02/2021
The first exhibition that the Foundation dedicates to René Lalique since 1988 revolves around the artist’s relationship with glass. The selection of around 100 objects, from the Founder’s Collection and from other museums and private collections, brings together jewellery, glass objects and design pieces.
This exhibition, chronologically situated between two key moments in 20th century art history – the 1900 World Exhibition and the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925 – will cover the various stages of the artist’s career, from his jeweller days during the Art Nouveau period to the moment he took up the role of ‘creator-industrialist’, committing himself exclusively to glass as a material of creation.
For this project, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum has enjoyed exceptional collaboration from the Musée Lalique in Wingen-sur-Moder, while also welcoming works from some of the most important private collections in the world. These works mainly illustrate the different stages in the artist’s career during the transition towards the mass production objects in the Art Déco period.
The exhibition is also accessible via a 360° virtual tour.