Hidden Treasures:
Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts
In Our Midst

June 25 - September 20, 2015

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is please to present Hidden Treasures: Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts in our Midst, an exhibition of a hithereto unknown collection in MIlwaukee being presented to the public for the frist time.

The collector, John S. Winkowski (1944–2014) was particularly passionate about Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts. During his life, he amassed a museum-quality collection of both decorative objects and two-dimensional works of art ranging in date from the late 1800s through the 1930s.

The narrow date range of this collection affords viewers the opportunity to compare and contrast two distinct yet related styles, and to see the depth—and breadth—of what was created at the time. For this special exhibition, the Dake Room at the Villa Terrace is converted into a “corner” of the collector’s house showcasing Arts & Crafts, while the main gallery features an impressive array of Art Nouveau objects. Often utilitarian, the Art Nouveau in this exhibition, noticeably, captures elements of nature in new shapes and forms, or depicts the young woman (or maiden) who served as the artist’s muse.

Highlights of this collection include period lamps, furniture by L. & J.G. Stickley, pieces by Louis Comfort Tiffany, cameo vases by Emile Gallé, a large collection of European claret jugs, Royal Dux porcelain, bronzes by Emmanuel Villanis, and a standing figure by Charles Drouet. There are also lithographs by Alphonse Mucha, Paul Berthon, Emile Bertrand, and Eugène Grasset among others.





Tell Me A Story Catalogs Now Available

A limited edition of 60 numbered catalogs signed by Jennifer Angus are now available for $35. This document of her exhibition Tell Me A Story features 70 pages of photography and includes an original unused decal from the selection of designs that appeared in the show.

Contact Assistant Curator Jenille Junco here to reserve your copy!


Past Exhibitions