Exhibitions/ Masterpieces of Modern Design

Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection

May 30–October 5, 2008
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

This installation features important works in all media from the modern design collection by some of the most renowned designers of the twentieth century, including: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Josef Hoffmann, René-Jules Lalique, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Josef Albers, Marianne Brandt, Eva Zeisel, Eliel Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Verner Panton, Michael Graves, and Ettore Sottsass. A highlight is the 1934 History of Navigation, a magnificent and monumental reverse-painted and gilt-glass mural by Jean Dupas (French, 1882–1964), made for the first-class salon of the French ocean liner Normandie. Visitors also have the opportunity to view a number of recent acquisitions of more contemporary works, including Gaetano Pesce's Black Rotation Vase (2005), the Gyre Lounge Chair (2006) by Zaha Hadid, and Dusasa II (2007), in found aluminum and copper wire, by El Anatsui.