A guided tour of the exhibit in pictures & caption...
 
Biedermeier: The Invention of Simplicity

September 16, 2006 - January 1, 2007, Milwaukee

Installation wallpapers produced by Studio Printworks and also made available for purchase

As a part of the Biedermeier show held at the museum at the Milwaukee Art Museum , Studio Printworks revived three wallpapers found in Biedermeier archives. The wallpapers provide the backdrops for furniture and other design elements from the collection. While the wallpaper archive is extensive, Studio Printworks worked closely with the curators to select the three wallpapers that best represent the style and period. The papers are manually engraved, color matched by eye and printed by hand by skilled artisans with the utmost care for historical accuracy.

After Milwaukee the show travels to the Albertina in Vienna , the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin , and the Louvre in Paris .

The setting: the Milwaukee Art Museum , overlooking Lake Michigan.


The first Santiago Calatrava-designed building in the United States , 
features a 90-foot high glass-walled reception hall and a sunscreen that can be 
raised or lowered creating a unique moving sculpture.
 
Overlooking Lake Michigan
 
The Biedermeier show: furniture, objects, art and wallpaper as backdrops
 
The Bediermeir period placed emphasis on geometry and nature.  We move from the gilding & adornment that characterized the Empire period that preceeded, and bring attention to lines, shapes & the patterns that exist in the natural materials.
 
Observe the suggestion of a weave in the diamond formation of the trellis - 
geometry & nature in harmony
 
Morgen-stern (German for "Morning star") - the original document in a 19th century wallpaper book
 
Mr.Morgen-stern?
 
Notice the omit in the center of the star - details makes the difference
 
Morgen-Stern on display in the airport like wrap-around hallway - 
pattern of 19th century in a 21st century building
 
Biedermeier plaid: passers-by observe the period furniture on display. 
Perhaps something is needed for their home?
 
The plaid and fade is very representative of pattern seen in the period's home and 
creates a great backdrop for any furniture arrangement
In this detail, notice the vermicelli that works across the paper 
as it "fades" from blueish to green to yellow
 
Pit stop on the audio tour explains how strong patterns fit in with the unadorned and 
geometrically strong furniture of the day
 
Hope you have enjoyed your guided tour.