vi, 340 pp. overview of the ground-breaking exhibition featuring works by international masters and minor practitioners of the then prevalent Art Nouveau aesthetic, with texts on exhibited works, buildings at the exposition, artists and architects, approx. 400 fine illustrations throughout (several in color) showing architecture and a wide array of decorative objects by Behrens, Mackintosh, Olbrich, Carlo Bugatti, Raimondo D'Aronico (at the time the chief architect to the Sultan of Constantinople), and many others. Some very minor foxing. 4to. Embossed and gilt-decorated vellum, slightly rubbed along spine. Darmstadt and Leipzig (Anstalt Alexander Koch) 1902. Ex-libris Bruno Héroux.
A beautiful edition of an important work that offers an invaluable compendium of material, profusely illustrated, shedding light on the great outpouring of creativity in the decorative arts and architecture at the turn of the 20th century, in styles known variously as Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Stile Liberty, et al. The first part of the present publication features documentation of the architecture of the exhibition, much of which was created by D'Aronico, whose entrances, pavilions, and exhibition and administrative buildings were influenced by a visit to the Darmstadt Artist's Colony designed by Joseph Olbrich. Other illustrations show a wide variety of interior decoration, furniture, ceramics, lamps and other household objects, book arts, jewelry, screens, etc. The German edition is very scarce institutionally; the French edition is much more widely available. The original embossed title on the cover reads Moderne Dekorative Kunst: Die Ausstellung zu Turin 1902. Book ID: 48309