One of the most interesting exhibitions of the season has just been inaugurated in Madrid: “William Morris and company: the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain”.
The exhibition that will be held from October 6, 2017 to January 21, 2018 at the Juan March Foundation in Madrid, is dedicated to the figure of William Morris (1834-1896), a key figure in the origins of design.
William Morris was a designer, artisan, entrepreneur, poet and social agitator, as well as one of the main figures of the Arts and Crafts movement, that prompted a broad resurgence of arts, in the professional and domestic sphere, defending a lifestyle simple and close to Nature. The questions he raised about the sustainability of industrial production, the relationship between work and life, the honesty of materials, the beauty of everyday objects and the old buildings protection and the environment… are still fully in force today.
The exhibition shows us important pieces of furniture, decoration, binding, painting, drawing, engraving and photography. Highlighting important pieces of graphic design developed by the Kelmscott Press, the publisher founded by Morris. We can also enjoy other works by artists related to the close environment of Morris such as John Ruskin, the members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Rossetti and Burne-Jones; Baillie Scott, Sidney Barnsley or C.R. Mackintosh.
A very interesting part of the exhibition shows the different connections between the British movement and its development in countries of Europe and the United States, with pieces by Hendrik Petrus Berlage, Josef Franz Maria Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, Lars Kinsarvik, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Joan Busquets or Frank Lloyd Wright, among others.
One of the exhibitions of the season that from THE OCTOPUS’S GARDEN we recommend visiting all those interested in the history of design, crafts and art.
More information about the exhibition on the Juan March Foundation website.