The Wolfsonian is the cultural cornerstone of Florida. A museum, library and research center that uses objects to illustrate the pervasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technical advances that have changed the world.
Located in the heart of the Art Deco District of Miami Beach, it is just steps away from WPH! And well worth a visit. Get yourself some culture at the Miami landmark that's full of Instagram-worthy exhibitions! The eclectic collection makes up about 180,000 objects from the century of growth and change, 1850s to 1950s. It boosts a variety of media including iconic furniture, industrial-design objects, rare books, paintings, textiles and more.
The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Avenue. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors, students, and children ages 6–18. While you are there make sure to check out these unmissable expositions.
Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age
Until April 29, 2018
Honoring the transformative designs of one of history’s leading graphic artists in Julius Klinger, the exhibition outlines the development of the Austrian designer’s career through over 100 posters, prints, drawings, and book illustrations from The Wolfsonian’s collection and beyond. The pieces reveal Klinger’s knack for infusing beautiful imagery with wit and an astute marketing sensibility. Their display in Miami Beach is the first U.S. solo exhibition devoted to the designer, and the only opportunity for visitors outside of Europe to experience so much of his work in one place.
“Julius Klinger was a designer whose work resonates today for its charm, flair, humor, and variety,” said Jeremy Aynsley, exhibition curator and professor of design history at the University of Brighton. “He was an outstanding draughtsman who captured the elegance of the times in his posters, yet also made strongly satirical images that engaged with the issues of the day.” Learn more about the artist here.
Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from Between the World Wars
April 13 – August 12, 2018
For summer 2018, The Wolfsonian captures today’s fascination with Russian propaganda through two coinciding shows focused on early 20th-century Soviet graphic design. The exhibition charts the formative decades of the USSR and provides a glimpse into this turbulent period of Russian history, when posters were employed to provide a new visual language converting Communist aspirations into readily accessible, urgent, public art. The resulting images reflect a remarkable degree of artistic experimentation, even as their content was strictly guided by the priorities of the Soviet state.
“With Constructing Revolution, the stars truly aligned,” said Tim Rodgers, Wolfsonian director. “We recognized in Bowdoin’s exhibition a rare opportunity to do what The Wolfsonian does best—present some of the finest examples of modern propaganda, reexamine objects from our own collection, and offer fresh insight into a topic currently front and center on the worldwide stage.” Bringing more than 50 Soviet-era posters from the private collection of Svetlana and Eric Silverman together with rarely seen works held by The Wolfsonian, Constructing Revolution showcases a number of key figures in the Soviet artistic avant-garde, among them Vladimir Mayakovsky, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Gustav Klutsis. Learn more about the exhibition here.
Red and Black: Revolution in Soviet Propaganda Graphics
April 5 – August 5, 2018
Don’t miss the library installation Red and Black: Revolution in Soviet Propaganda Graphics. A unique exploration of the ties between cultural life and revolutionary ideology in the decades following the 1917 Russian Revolution. A look into how designers were inspired by the utopian ideals of the revolution to develop new techniques of graphic persuasion on behalf of Russia’s Communist dictatorship. Learn more about the exhibition here.
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