Right now at MoDA we're feeling a bit sad, since this is the last day we're open to the public in this building. But at the same time we're excited about the fact that some of our objects are featuring in a major new show at the V&A Museum in London.
'The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement in Britain, 1860-1900' opened this week, and includes four objects from our Silver Studio Collection. Two are designs by Arthur Silver, plus one of our Japanese katagami stencils, and a design for a textile or wallpaper produced from the same stencil.
We're looking forward to visiting the exhibition ourselves, and can't wait to experience our objects in such a grand setting.
These objects originally featured in MoDA's Japantastic exhibition (September '09 - August '10)
Arthur Silver opened his London-based design studio in 1880, twenty years after the Aesthetic Movement emerged in Britain. An admiration and appreciation of Japanese art and design had become strongly associated with the Aesthetic Movement during that time, and Arthur Silver shared this passion for all things Japanese.
For further details of the Cult of Beauty exhibition see the V&A website