In the Temple of the Self - The Artist’s Residence as a Total Work of Art

Lecture with Margot Th. Brandlhuber, Curator, Museum Villa Stuck

Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Location
Frye Auditorium

In the Temple of the Self: The Artist’s Residence as a Total Work of Art—Europe and America 1800-1948

Margot Th. Brandlhuber, Curator, Museum Villa Stuck

As treasure troves of creativity, the homes of artists reflect the intellectual and spiritual worlds of their creators. Starting with the Villa Stuck in Munich—the aesthetic, conceptual cosmos and life’s work of the artist Franz von Stuck—this lecture discusses artists’ homes as major works of art. In addition to the Villa Stuck, artists’ houses discussed include Sir John Soane's Museum, London; William Morris Red House, Bexleyheath; Frederic Lord Leighton, London, Louis Comfort Tiffany House, New York City; Claude Monet's house and garden, Giverny; Fernand Khnopff Villa, Brussels; Jacques Majorelle’s villa and garden, Marrakesh; Kurt Schwitters’s MERZbau, Hanover; Konstantin Melnikov's house, Moscow; Maison Theo van Doesburg, Meudon-Val-Fleury, near Paris; and the residence of Max Ernst, Sedona, Arizona..

Margot Th. Brandlhuber is head of collections at the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich. She has curated numerous exhibitions and written extensively on architecture, interior decoration, painting, and design of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including, most recently, In the Temple of the Self: The Artist’s Residence as a Total Work of Art—Europe and America 1800-1948, on view November 11, 2013¬March 2, 2014 at Museum Villa Stuck. She contributed the essay Franz von Stuck: Neoclassicism and Elemental Force for the publication Franz von Stuck (Frye Art Museum, 2013). She currently holds a teaching position in art history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

This lecture is presented with the University of Washington’s Department of Germanics and the Simpson Center for the Humanities as part of Connections and Contexts, a series of lectures relating art, history, and culture to the Frye’s exhibitions.


Unknown. Main façade of Villa Stuck, n.d., in Ostini, "Villa Franz von Stuck," Innen-Dekoration, 1909. 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. Frye Art Museum, inv. no. T.2013.018.02.

Tickets

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