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Cleveland Museum of Art Debuts Redesigned Tiffany and Fabergé Galleries

Galleries showcase celebrated and rarely seen highlights from renowned collections of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Peter Carl Fabergé

Cleveland, OH (May 4, 2018) – The Cleveland Museum of Art announced today the opening of its redesigned Tiffany and Fabergé galleries. On display are the museum’s superb collections of works by American designer Louis Comfort Tiffany and his Russian counterpart, Peter Carl Fabergé. The galleries are named in honor of the Ruth and Charles Maurer Family and the Cara and Howard Stirn Family.

“The redesign of the Tiffany and Fabergé galleries constitutes one of the first gallery reinstallations undertaken as part of our new strategic plan, which calls for selected galleries to be reimagined in the coming years,” said William Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “These renovated spaces offer our audiences a wonderful opportunity to view favorite objects from the collection, while discovering new and rarely seen masterworks.”

Open on both sides, new state-of-the-art glass and steel cases from Germany allow more natural light to brighten the spaces, creating an overall effect that invites the visitor to explore intriguing treasures within these collections, from the bejeweled works made for the Russian imperial family by Fabergé to the amazing stained glass lamps of Tiffany.

“This installation features a completely new arrangement of works—all the favorites together with some that have recently come to the Cleveland Museum of Art and some that haven’t been on display in years,” said Stephen Harrison, curator of decorative art and design. “And these beautiful new cases allow everything to ‘breathe’ visually so that it is easier to see these extraordinary works. One can now understand why these two master craftsmen and entrepreneurs were notorious rivals.”

In the Fabergé gallery, the finest of the firm’s delicate flowers, elegant jeweled accessories, and whimsical hardstone animals lead to the Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg made in 1915 during the First World War for Tsar Nicholas II to give to his wife, Tsarina Alexandra. This masterwork represents the finest craftsmanship in pre-revolutionary Russia and, when opened, contains a hidden surprise of an icon depicting the resurrection of Christ. Normally displayed closed to highlight its beautiful enameled surface and poignant miniatures of the Tsar’s daughters in their Red Cross uniforms, the egg is being shown open through the end of May 2018 to celebrate the reinstallation of the gallery. In the future, the egg will be shown open during the Easter season months of April and May and closed the rest of the year to protect its light-sensitive interior.

Just as with Fabergé, the Tiffany gallery features the hallmark of the artisan’s production—his work in glass. New research has revealed that one of the chief artisans working for Tiffany was Ohio native Clara Driscoll, many of whose designs for Tiffany can now be seen in this gallery. Bright colors and characteristic floral motifs are shown in abundance in this new design of the gallery, with magnificent peony and lily shades on display with a rare example of the iconic wisteria lamp.

Though contemporaries, Tiffany and Fabergé exhibited in the same world’s fair only once, in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. In the newly redesigned galleries of the Cleveland Museum of Art, these masters of design once again share the stage for a new generation of visitors to discover.

About the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Decorative Art and Design Collection

The Decorative Art and Design collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art is internationally known and includes work that is considered some of the finest of its type in the world.

The collection is one of the most visible areas of collecting in the museum because works are displayed alongside paintings and sculpture of similar eras or origin in galleries located throughout the museum. The works that appear on view are of very high quality and visual interest. The best American material can be found in the galleries devoted to 19th- and 20th-century art, while European furniture, silver, and ceramics from the 16th to the 19th centuries form one of the strongest collections in the museum. In particular, the works of Limoges enamel, Italian maiolica, German and French silver and ceramics, and French 18th-century furniture are among the best in the United States and known internationally through scholarship and exhibitions.

Significant works in 19th- and 20th-century decorative arts have been added in recent years, making this an emerging strength in the museum’s collections. The work by Peter Carl Fabergé circa 1900 is considered some of the finest of its type in the world.

About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For three consecutive years, the museum has been awarded a top four-star rating by Charity Navigator, the nation’s most-utilized independent evaluator of charities and nonprofits. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.

 
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