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June 2015
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« Dolce vita? From Liberty to Italian Design » at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) Chaise © © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

Since the start of the 20th century in Italy, decorative arts have been the inheritors of a major artisanal and artistic tradition, and they fashion themselves as the interpreters of this desire for progress in a nation that has recently found unity.

Cabinetmakers, ceramicists and glass experts often work in collaboration with top artists, thus creating a genuine “Italian style” destined to encourage the birth of modern design. It is all about a period of “paradoxical optimism”, the objective of which is to highlight decades of intense creativity based upon a currently mutating society that has known the trauma of the First World War and the tragic repercussions of the Mussolini regime.
Until 13th September. B.D. www.musee-orsay.fr

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