I’ve probably been an Art Nouveau fangirl since my first art lesson at school, it’s been a part of my love of art and design for so long, and it never tires with every new collection I see. I’m drawn to the natural flowing lines, the curves, the swirls, all balanced with natural forms.
So when our host mentioned that there was a museum close by I was ecstatic to go and explore.
The Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt was originally an artists colony called the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony refers both to a group of Jugendstil artists as well as to the buildings in Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt in which these artists lived and worked. The artists were largely financed by patrons and worked together with other members of the group who ideally had concordant artistic tastes.
The main building is known for its omega-shaped portal which used to house the artists’ workshops and now contains a museum about the colony. It features pieces of furniture, interior design, glass, ceramics, textiles, goldsmith work, prints, paintings, sculptures and architectural models. It’s a relatively small but interesting for me, but I don’t think Lee was that engaged with it, but it was nice to explain why I liked pieces so much. Although the cost to get into just the museum is 5 euros, a little pricey for what it was really but it the weather had been good we could have explored the grounds more but alas maybe another time.