One of two major art museums—the other being the Bass Museum of Art, closed for renovations this year—The Wolfsonian at Florida International University is a distinguished destination with thousands of works from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Here are five things you need to see at The Wolfsonian.
Pavilion of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
This 1863 photograph shows the home of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand from his time in the Czech Republic. The political figure’s death caused a downward spiral that many believe sparked the beginning of World War One. In addition to a visceral glimpse into this historical figure’s old home, the photo also provides some historical context to late 19th century Europe.
An Artist on the Eastern Front: Feliks Topolski, 1941
This exhibition will come to the Wolfsonian on November 21st and stay for an undetermined amount of time. The installation will feature an array of drawings by Polish artist Feliks Topolski, depicting his time spent with the Polish army behind Soviet Lines during World War II. The original works offer viewers an admirable blend of historical and artistic insights.
Der Ewige Jude
This controversial piece of Nazi paraphernalia is a troubling and intriguing photograph that offers a visual glimpse of Munich circa 1937. A striking artifact, it’s an important piece of paraphernalia collected around the world in the vein of remembrance and reflection.
Paradise Found: Cuban Allure, American Seduction
Paradise Found is an exploration of a cultural attraction between Americans and Cuba in the era between the Spanish American War in 18TK and the 1950s. This newly acquired photographic archive looks at fashion, baseball, rum and dance, in an age when Hollywood’s top celebrities frequented Havana hotels and clubs (pre-Beyonce).
Art and Design in the Modern Age: Selections from the Wolfsonian
This ongoing exhibit is an overview of the museum’s American and European trinkets from the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. Industrial design blueprints, political propaganda and vintage advertisements are a few of the many colorful and historical highlights of this Modern Age collection.
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