Taken in the 1920s
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Rockhampton Art Gallery will take you back to the 1920s

BE transported back to an era of opulence and style at Rockhampton Art Gallery from March 28 to May 24 for the exhibition Dreaming of Deco: style in the modern age.

Art Deco is generally described as a style that traverses the inter-war period from its foundations in France in the 1920s to its truly international influence into the 1940s.

It signalled an era of glamour and style through design, architecture, fashion and art. Its influence was felt from Paris, New York and Miami to the far reaches of Australia.

Broadly the 1920s Art Deco style is eclectic and combines elements from both the Arts & Craft movement and Art Nouveau including rich colours and high ornamentation.

The style also borrowed archaeological motifs from 'exotic' places such ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome as well as designs seen in 'the Far East'.

As the movement grew, Deco came to represent the Machine Age as the post-war world was transformed by industrialisation.

Design embraced new technologies in production and the earlier organic styles were surpassed by geometric shapes and symmetry.

This Rockhampton-exclusive exhibition Dreaming of Deco will transform the Gallery into a series of interiors that explore what life may have been like in the Art Deco world.

The exhibition will include furniture, design, advertising, art and fashion drawn from Australian private and public collections.

Dreaming of Deco will be on display at the Rockhampton Art Gallery from 28 March to 24 May. Entry is free. Rockhampton Art Gallery is owned and operated by Rockhampton Regional Council.



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