Say it with Flowers
The Museum Bellerive is showcasing the appeal of flowers as a decorative motif. Some 300 objects of glass art, furniture, ceramics, textiles and graphic design offer a wide range of insights into the collections of the Museum für Gestaltung. The exhibition reveals the personal styles of important designers as well as the preferences of various periods for certain flowers. The profound millefleur patterns of William Morris’s wallpapers and the lilies and thistles of Emile Gallé’s vases were popular in the Belle Époque. While in the 1970s people preferred eye-catching daises, today fine silks from the company Fabric Frontline feature detailed botanical reproductions. The poster designers represented in the exhibition, on the other hand, take advantage of the versatility of flowers, which can be used to say (almost) anything, in order to interest passers-by in a wide variety of products. Andy Warhol does so with humour, and Lora Lamm makes use of poetry. Idiosyncratic works from a variety of artists, including Quynh Dong, Reto Leibundgut and Ursula Palla, round out this bouquet.