Interesting Factoids in Apostles of Nature 

Organized by the museum’s Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, Apostles of Nature: Jugendstil and Art Nouveau is an exhibition that brings together more than 50 objects that illustrate the popular late 19th and early 20th century style known as Art Nouveau in France and Jugendstil in Germany.

1. Alphonse Mucha’s Career was launched when he created a poster for a play starring Sarah Bernhardt. She fell in love with his work, and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. The bicycle was a recurring theme in prints, drawings, and posters of the time, as it represented modernity, movement, speed and transportation. It often appears as a prop for Art Nouveau’s seductive female leads and became a popular symbol of women’s emancipation in the 1890s.

3. A case in the gallery has select pieces of the Ellen Palevsky Cup Collection on view, showcasing objects that embody Art Nouveau and Jugendstil.

4. Carl Otto Czeschka’s Waldidyll (forest Idyll) is a textile. Gustav Klimt used it to make caftan, and wore it to a party in Vienna.

Below, curatorial assistant Andrea Gyorody speaks about the exhibition and the works of art on view. Learn more about Art Nouveau and Jugendstil, and come see the beautiful artworks for yourself! Apostles of Nature is on view through March 12, 2017


Moloka’i by Alan Brennert


Young Rachel Kalama, growing up in idyllic Honolulu in the 1890s, is part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, and dreams of seeing the far-off lands that her father, a merchant seaman, often visits. But at the age of seven, Rachel and her dreams are shattered by the discovery that she has leprosy. Forcibly removed from her family, she is sent to Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'i.

In her exile she finds a family of friends to replace the family she’s lost: a native healer, Haleola, who becomes her adopted “auntie” and makes Rachel aware of the rich culture and mythology of her people; Sister Mary Catherine Voorhies, one of the Franciscan sisters who care for young girls at Kalaupapa; and the beautiful, worldly Leilani, who harbors a surprising secret. At Kalaupapa she also meets the man she will one day marry.

True to historical accounts, Moloka'i is the story of an extraordinary human drama, the full scope and pathos of which has never been told before in fiction. But Rachel’s life, though shadowed by disease, isolation, and tragedy, is also one of joy, courage, and dignity. This is a story about life, not death; hope, not despair. It is not about the failings of flesh, but the strength of the human spirit.

Perfect For:

  • Fans of Historical Fiction
  • Readers who enjoy novels that cover a lifetime
  • Fans of character driven novels
  • Readers who don’t mind slower-paced stories
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Residential development at Talstraße
Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany; 1978-82

Gottfried Böhm

«Wherever possible Böhm seeks a contrast: he contrasts the light balcony balustrades of the nine-storey building with the weighty concrete structures of the medical center and the tower housing stair case, low buildings with high ones, lattice trellises in the garden with block-like rectangular buildings. In all subsequent residential projects Böhm varies these ideas, adapting them to the respective situation. (…) For the Talstraße complex in Saarbrücken the competition task was to create apartments on a multi-storey garage in a hillside location. Böhm set a long, high block on the street side in front of the cars ports and behind that developed – on top of them – an idyllic settlement with narrow streets and gardens.» by Gabriele Wiesemann.

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via “Gottfried Böhm”, Wolfgang Voigt; Jovis Verlag, Berlin (2006)

Like…I’m lying in bed listening to the rain against the window, I’m beside my sleeping @myrrhguy (aka best guy) who’s been cute as fuck in trying to make a shitty day less shitty with flowers and life chats and some nice plans for us and everything and it’s just guh? Like very idyllic and lovely and makes all the shit parts worth it.


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