Ornament im Quadrat

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Around 1900, the tile underwent a veritable heyday on the interface between industrialised manufacturing methods and artistic design. With its lavish use of ornamentation, Art Nouveau gave rise to an inexhaustible diversity of new pictorial motifs. This catalogue sheds light on the creative impulses that especially England exerted on the tremendous boom experienced by tiles – and includes a history of the medium in Continental Europe.


Philipp Gutbrod is an art historian. He is Headmaster of the Mathildenhöhe Institut Darmstadt since 2015. He curated a lot of exhibitions about Art of the 19th, 20th and 21st Century, for example "Bernhard Hoetger – Der Platanenhain" (2013), "August Lucas – Wer Engel sucht" (2013/14), and "Gregor Schneider in den Bildhauerateliers" (2015/16). Stefanie Patruno is alternate headmaster of the Mathildenhöhe Institut Darmstadt, and has curated a lot of exhibitions about the Art of the 19th, 20th and 21st Century.