Rococo Exhibition
September 26, 2008 12:03 AM   Subscribe

Continuing Curve, brings together an unprecedented collection of designers and objects of different eras to celebrate the joyful and liberating spirit of rococo.

found here
posted by hortense (7 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Looks like a fine exhibition: thanks for posting. On a quick look, I didn't see any discussion of the etymology of the term, which seems to have initially held negative connotations. Can anyone shed more light on this?
posted by GeorgeBickham at 1:07 AM on September 26, 2008

From the site:

The rococo impulse went underground during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries

... when lonely, obsessed individuals met in shadowy basements all over the country, to practise together their dangerously elaborate wood carving skills away from the prying, scornful eyes of men. One day they would be accepted again by decent society, one day...
posted by leibniz at 2:47 AM on September 26, 2008

*sigh of joy

I love the "tastelessly florid or ornate" fun of rococo. YAY exuberance! In small, luxurious dollops like whipped cream.

That chair gives me a rush of smiles. It's a bit elvish but I love the scroll underneath. Ah the teal and gold.

Thanks for the post hortense. Must go up to the Cooper Hewitt and see these treasures with my own eyes.

Some rococo I like is at the Frick.
posted by nickyskye at 8:35 AM on September 26, 2008

Wow I love this vase.
posted by dhruva at 9:40 AM on September 26, 2008

Me too! that was the kicker that 'made me' post.
posted by hortense at 11:58 AM on September 26, 2008

But dhruva, that won't hold water
posted by Cranberry at 12:00 PM on September 26, 2008

It is gorgeous however. Another fabulous post from hortense
posted by Cranberry at 12:01 PM on September 26, 2008

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