a girl's bedroom designed by baron krauss
carried out by w. feiilixger
HE FIRST INTERNATIONAL plished act, but had already won the victory over
EXHIBITION Qp MODERN ^e C0^ anC^ l^eless repetition of the academic
motives of a day gone by; they agreed that the
time had come for that modern style to receive the
DECORATIVE ART AT TURIN.
BY DR. ENRICO THOVEZ. stamp of official recognition.
The Committee of organisation had to contend
It was in the winter of 1900 that a small with difficulties, alike moral and material, before
group of artists, architects, and art critics conceived their ideal could be realized. Their scheme was
the idea of holding an exhibition of modern treated as visionary, and they were accused of
decorative art at Turin. They agreed in thinking being traitors to the grand traditions which had
that the work done during the last ten years by been bequeathed to them by the decorative art of
artists of the various States of Europe and America, the past in every country, but above all in Italy,
inspired, no doubt, by the movement inaugurated and they were reproached for showing want of
in England some forty years ago in every branch respect to the great masters of the past, in excluding
of decorative and industrial art, was worthy of from their consideration work done in styles already
being collected under one roof and shown to the well known to all. The little band of organisers
public as a whole; they agreed that the time had had, however, the strength and constancy to
come for proving to outsiders the fact that the triumph over all opposition, and in the end they
evolution of a modern style so eagerly longed for, had the satisfaction of seeing all their bitterest
and pronounced by so many worthy souls to be enemies rally to their side, adopt the idea of the ex-
an impossibility, had not onlv become an accom- hibition, and aDDrove the programme drawn up for it.