Salamanca Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum

Whilst on a river cruise on the Douro in Portugal my husband and I had the opportunity to visit this fantastic museum. Our only regret was that we only had a couple of hours as there is so much to see and reflect upon, it really is a whole day’s visit or even better to spread it over two days with time to reflect in between. The galleries display a vast array of art nouveau and art deco of all genres.

The actual building was originally a small private palace built in the 20th century but was restored by the authorities in the late eighties to create this museum.

The porcelain collection is the most international collection in the museum.

The enamel works include French enamel from Limoges – particularly a pair of vases made by Camille Faure.

My favourite section was the art deco glass collection with much work by Renee Lalique – (notably displaying his use of plain or pastel shades to represent flora.and aquatics,) and his follower Ernest Sabine. Other glass works on display were by Emile Galle (creator of the Nancy School) and the most beautiful perfume bottles..

 

There are more than 100 works using the mixing of ivory and bronze (chriselephantine) to create statuettes by many famous sculptors, including the stylized and beautiful dancers by Chiparus based on the dancers in the Russian ballet company of the 20s, and some of the works by Ferdinand Preiss..

There is a splendid collection of dolls from Germany ( including the character babies ) and the luxurious French dolls, and a small collection of toys, incuding some by Margarete Steiff.

One of the most important and beautiful bronzes was the sensual dancer created by Karl Kauba.

The fan and jewellery collection was fascinating, and I could have spent hours studying the furniture on display including a wonderful desk by Joan Busquets.

By the time we came to the paintings our heads were full and reeling and wondered if perhaps the museum had considered rotating their displays.

We were not allowed to take photographs apart from the wonderful windows in the cafe

but if you wish to see some of the items that mesmerised us the website is www.museocasalis.org.

 

If you are ever lucky enough to find yourself in salamanca ( which is a beautiful city ) then we wholeheartedly recommend a visit to this museum. we promise you will not be disappointed

Exhibition review

MK Gallery: Milton Keynes

Laura Knight: A Panoramic View

Visited by Bill and Pam Johnson 29 October 2021

An excellent exhibition of over 160 works from public and private collections including her most famous works. This exhibition is the largest of Dame Laura Knight in over fifty years. Her paintings include figures from the world of ballet, circus and theatre, portraits of people’s lives, marginalised communities and racial segregation in America. As an official war artist in the Second World War her painting compositions are unique. The exhibition is open daily except Mondays until Sunday 20 February 2022. More information on page 63 of the latest Arts Society magazine and the Gallery’s website. The café’s offerings are delicious.

 

Compton Verney: Art Gallery and Park near Stratford-upon-Avon

Two exhibitions for the price of one!

Visited by Bill and Pam 30 October 2021.

 

1. John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace

A major exhibition of John Nash’s work in over fifty years includes iconic oil paintings, accomplished wood engravings, line drawings, lithographs and watercolours. Nash was also one of the 20th century greatest botanical artists. He was also an official war artist in both the First and Second World Wars and his iconic painting “Over the Top, 1918” is on display along with his thanksgiving to survival “The Cornfield, 1918”.

2. Grinling Gibbons: Centuries in the Making

This extensive exhibition is a tercentenary celebration of Grinling Gibbons (died 1721) and his work as the most renowned British woodcarver of the 17th century and arguably the greatest carver in British history. A superb exhibition, “Centuries in the Making”, explores the influences that shaped Gibbon’s vision, his skills and techniques. This exhibition is also open daily except Mondays until Sunday 20 February 2022.

Book online for a Saturday or Sunday. There is a superb café offering cakes and hot meals.