1925: When Art Déco Dazzled the World

With its sleek, powerful geometric lines, Art Déco style (1919-1940) stands out thanks to its lively appeal. An exhibition at Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris titled ‘1925, when Art Déco dazzled the World’, explores the emergence of the movement.

Born of the impetus driving French artists from diverse disciplines including architects, designers, fashion designers and sculptors, Art Deco is the product of a vision shared by various artistic spheres. This exhibition has been set up as a sequence of themes striving to illustrate what lies behind Art Déco’s international success and its influence across various forms of artistic expression.

The exhibition starts with a comparative study of differences and points in common with Art Nouveau, then presenting a series of early French designs whose 1910–1919 output already bore distinctive Art Déco features.

A space is devoted to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs and Industriels Modernes, (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts) held in Paris, France. The fair’s name led to the coining of the term Art Déco from a shortening of Arts Décoratifs.

fluoro gave an extensive insight into the dialogue between Art Deco fashion and the photography of Edward Steichen in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. Find out more here.

‘1925, when Art Déco dazzled the World’ is on display at Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris, France until Monday 17 February 2014.

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