The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th century to the present. The collection and exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience within the restored Nickerson Mansion, completed in 1883.
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Der Kuss (The Kiss) by Peter Behrens breaks with traditional imagery and is one of the best-known German prints of its e...
09/18/2020

Der Kuss (The Kiss) by Peter Behrens breaks with traditional imagery and is one of the best-known German prints of its era. It is also Behrens’ only Jugendstil/Art Nouveau print.

Behrens started as a painter, then quickly moved onto prints, book illustrations, decorative arts, furniture, industrial arts, interior design, and architecture. Peter Behrens’ creative life was a Gesamtkunstwerk - a total work of art.

In 1910, Behren received one of the first copies of the Frank Lloyd Wright Wasmuth Portfolio, which was published in Berlin, to his architectural office. His senior apprentice was Walter Gropius, his junior apprentice was Le Corbusier, and just starting his apprenticeship was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. With Behrens, these three architects changed how the 20th century thought about the built and consumed environment.

This work is currently on view in PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe, 1895-1900 at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Tickets --> http://driehausmuseum.org/visit/

Peter Behren (German 1868-1940), Ohne Titel (Der Kuss)/Untitled (The Kiss). Published in PAN IV, Volume 2, 1898. Color woodcut.

09/17/2020
A Tale of Today: Nate Young and Mika Horibuchi

OPENING SEPTEMBER 26 - Chicago-based artists Nate Young and Mika Horibuchi respond to the design and history of the Nickerson Mansion, the Driehaus Museum's home, in the second exhibition of our A Tale of Today contemporary art series.
More at http://driehausmuseum.org/exhibition/youngandhoribuchi/

An opening day virtual panel discussion will explore how historic house museums can leverage their architectures and legacies to connect the past with the present.

More information and registration at https://bit.ly/3hkI0Mr

#ataleoftoday #driehausmuseum #chicagoartists #nateyoung #mikahoribuchi #SeptemberinChicago #EXHIBITIONWeekend

If the weather threw a wrench in your outdoor plans this evening, we are happy to remind you that the Museum (and Store)...
09/11/2020

If the weather threw a wrench in your outdoor plans this evening, we are happy to remind you that the Museum (and Store) is open until 7 p.m. tonight!

Tickets and information --> http://driehausmuseum.org/visit/plan-your-visit

Detail photograph of Dining Room by Instagram User @ben010783

Our Live From the Drawing Room Episode #4 packages are now available in the Online Store!https://shop.driehausmuseum.org...
09/10/2020

Our Live From the Drawing Room Episode #4 packages are now available in the Online Store!

https://shop.driehausmuseum.org/collections/kitchen_bar/products/live-from-the-drawing-room-episode-4-package

All packages feature a limited edition print, a beautiful watercolor representation of the Tiffany & Co. punch bowl found in the Driehaus Museum Dining Room, and "Stinger" chocolate truffles inspired by our Episode 4 cocktail, the 19th-century after-dinner drink with notes of brandy and crème de menthe. Our "Smoking Room" package also includes Driehaus Museum exclusive "S.M. Nickerson & Co. Distillery" flask while the "Drawing Room" package offers a porcelain "Beehive" Limoges box with jeweled enamel "stinging" bee pin.

Your purchase supports the virtual programming and the mission of the Driehaus Museum.

The “Bacchus” Punch Bowl on display in the Richard H. Driehaus Museum Dining Room is a sterling silver masterpiece by Ti...
09/09/2020

The “Bacchus” Punch Bowl on display in the Richard H. Driehaus Museum Dining Room is a sterling silver masterpiece by Tiffany & Co. that was exhibited in Chicago at the 1893 World’s Fair Columbian Exposition. Tiffany & Co. displayed over 1,150 objects at the exposition, some of which are now a part of the Museum’s permanent collection. The stakes were especially high since Tiffany & Co. shared a pavilion with their main silver competitor, Gorham Manufacturing Company.

At the base of the punch bowl, which is raised on three claw feet, is the Roman god Bacchus portrayed as an infant. The son of Zeus and Persephone, Bacchus is the god of the grape harvest, wine making, ecstasy, fertility, and festivity. In Rome, Bacchanalia were wild religious festivals that worshiped Bacchus. However, we are sure that the parties happening in the Nickerson Dining Room were much more restrained.
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Tiffany & Co. (American, founded 1837), “Bacchus” Punch Bowl, 1893. Sterling silver, gilt. Collection of The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago. First photograph by Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing, 2008.

The third floor Sewing Room now features five lithography prints from The Richard H. Driehaus Collection by artist Willi...
09/08/2020

The third floor Sewing Room now features five lithography prints from The Richard H. Driehaus Collection by artist William H. Bradley, a companion to PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe, 1895-1900.

In 1894, one year before PAN made its debut in Germany, the first issue of The Chap-Book was published, a first in a spate of late 19th-century American literary and art magazines. In contrast to PAN, which was a true luxury art item purchased by collectors in fine art and book shops, The Chap-Book was a small printed magazine designed to be inexpensive and widely accessible. The Chicago-based publishers, Stone and Kimball, commissioned William H. Bradley (whose prints were also published in PAN) to design seven original lithograph print posters to advertise their magazine. In addition to being hung in bookshop windows and on street billboards, the posters quickly made their way into the homes of poster collectors in America and abroad.
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Image: William H. Bradley (American, 1868-1962). The Chap-Book: The Blue Lady 1894. Lithograph on paper. The Collection of Richard H. Driehaus, Chicago.

09/05/2020
Live From the Drawing Room Trailer

Coming soon to a small screen near you... A brand new episode of Live From the Drawing Room!

The Art of Entertainment will give you a taste of what it was like to entertain at home during the Gilded Age. Join us for music, cocktails, vintage cars and a peek into our current exhibition, PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe 1895-1900.

Watch the trailer below and then register at:
https://bit.ly/31ZMuDW

See more Live From the Drawing Room virtual programs on this YouTube page and at: http://driehausmuseum.org/programs/virtual Please consider making a donatio...

When you visit the Museum this weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for new objects!Now on display in the Drawing Room of...
09/04/2020

When you visit the Museum this weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for new objects!

Now on display in the Drawing Room of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum is this painted “Chardons” (French for thistles) vase from 1902 by Daum, who, along with Galle, were the preeminent glass artists in Nancy, France during the Ecole de Nancy and Art Nouveau Period. The long-stemmed thistles may be the work of Jacques Gruber. The thistle is a symbol of the Lorraine region of France. Daum was awarded a “Grand Prix” medal at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900.
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Daum (French, founded 1878), "Chardons" Vase, 1902. Glass, gilt. The Collection of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago.

These sketches of the Driehaus Museum's building are a wonderful reminder that the Nickerson Mansion continues to be an ...
09/02/2020

These sketches of the Driehaus Museum's building are a wonderful reminder that the Nickerson Mansion continues to be an inspiration to artists today, just as it was when it was completed in 1883.

Thank you for choosing us as the subject for your virtual sketching session!

The Richard H Driehaus Museum served as the inspiration for Week 20 of the Chicago ICAA’s Virtual Sketching. Enjoy these sketches and stay tuned for the subject of Week 21. All skill levels are welcome to join us including your children.

A very special thanks to @dmgarchitectural for sponsoring last week’s Virtual Sketching!
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#icaa #icaachicago #icaaeverywhere #connectingthroughsketching #virtualsketching #chicagoarchitecture #chiarch #magnificentmile #gildedage #gildedagemansions #louiscomforttiffany #driehausmuseum #chicagolandmark #artofchi @ The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Private guide-led tours are now available on Friday afternoons.Tours include discussion of the history and architecture ...
09/01/2020

Private guide-led tours are now available on Friday afternoons.

Tours include discussion of the history and architecture of the building, the Museum’s collections, and highlights of the current exhibitions.

Reservations are required.

RESERVE NOW - https://bit.ly/3bt5Q7D

We are excited to reopen our doors to the public today at 11 AM!As mentioned by our friends at DANK Haus, our current ex...
08/29/2020

We are excited to reopen our doors to the public today at 11 AM!

As mentioned by our friends at DANK Haus, our current exhibition is PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe, 1895-1900, now on view on the third floor.

Advance tickets and information available on our website.

Our friends at the The Richard H. Driehaus Museum reopen their doors tomorrow, August 29! We've been awaiting this day, especially so we can check out their new exhibit "PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe, 1895-1900." If you are into art, Art Nouveau, graphic design, and European print culture, you are going to want to visit. (Make sure you book your ticket online––the museum has COVID-19 safety measures in place.) http://driehausmuseum.org/exhibitions

SATURDAY - The Driehaus Museum will reopen to the public this weekend. Which gallery did you miss the most?Tickets and a...
08/25/2020

SATURDAY - The Driehaus Museum will reopen to the public this weekend. Which gallery did you miss the most?

Tickets and an overview of what to expect during your next visit available at:
http://driehausmuseum.org/visit/plan-your-visit

Images: Drawing Room photograph by Alexander Vertikoff, 2011. All other photographs by Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing, 2008.

When the Driehaus Museum reopens to the public on August 29, we will also open the special exhibition PAN: Prints of Ava...
08/19/2020

When the Driehaus Museum reopens to the public on August 29, we will also open the special exhibition PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe 1895-1900. The exhibition documents a new era of printmaking for the turn of the century, as well as the desire of the arts and literary journal’s founders to elevate graphic arts to the same level as the academic fine art of its day, perfectly illustrated with this work by Henry van de Velde.

Van de Velde was an influential practitioner of the Art Nouveau style in Belgium. He began his career as a painter under the influence of Georges Seurat but in 1892, he abandoned painting in order to pursue architecture and design. In 1898, he was put in charge of the design and promotion of the Tropon Food Company.

The Tropon design is not only a masterpiece of curvilinearity, it illustrates van de Velde’s radical approach to contemporary design through advertising. Without depicting the actual (and otherwise, mundane) product to improve public health, it becomes unforgettable in the artist’s interpretation of the key ingredient, egg whites, separating from their rich yellow yolks.

Image: Henry van de Velde (Belgian, 1863-1957). Plakat (Tropon)/Poster (Tropon), color lithograph. Published in PAN IV, Issue 1, 1898.

WE'RE REOPENING!The Driehaus Museum will reopen for our members on Saturday, August 22 and to the general public on Satu...
08/17/2020

WE'RE REOPENING!
The Driehaus Museum will reopen for our members on Saturday, August 22 and to the general public on Saturday, August 29.

Details and ticket information available at:
http://driehausmuseum.org/visit/plan-your-visit

Did you miss our last Live From the Drawing Room episode?  You can still watch it on our website or YouTube channel.Epis...
08/06/2020

Did you miss our last Live From the Drawing Room episode? You can still watch it on our website or YouTube channel.

Episode 3 of Live From the Drawing Room, “The Transcendence of Form,” welcomes you back into the Nickerson Mansion for a musical evening focused on the late 19th-century Aesthetic Movement’s far reaching influence on design.

Create a special evening by purchasing one of our cocktail kits, now available in our online store:
https://shop.driehausmuseum.org/collections/kitchen_bar/products/cocktail-package

Watch the program here:
http://driehausmuseum.org/programs/detail/live-from-the-drawing-room-the-transcendence-of-form

Pictured below: A 1932 Ruxton, part of the Richard H. Driehaus Collection.

In 30 minutes - Story Time at the Museum: Architecture All Around Us will premiere on our YouTube channel.More at the li...
08/01/2020
Virtual Story Time at the Museum: Architecture All Around Us | Driehaus Museum

In 30 minutes - Story Time at the Museum: Architecture All Around Us will premiere on our YouTube channel.

More at the link below.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th-century with a focus on the Gilded Age. The Museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.”

Our #WomanCrushWednesday is Käthe Kollwitz. Considered one of the most accomplished German printmakers of her era, Kollw...
07/29/2020

Our #WomanCrushWednesday is Käthe Kollwitz. Considered one of the most accomplished German printmakers of her era, Kollwitz is also one of the greatest women artists of the 20th century. Born in 1867, she established herself in a male dominated art world by focusing her work on the depiction of women and the working class.

Her early training in etching was with Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern, and she was also deeply influenced by the technique and subject matter of social concerns in the graphic art of Max Klinger. This early etching, which is included in our upcoming exhibition PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe, 1895-1900, captures the sense of authenticity Kollwitz felt in the lives of workers.

#womanartist #wcw #womancrushwednesday
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Image: Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945). Begrüssung/Greeting, 1892. Etching. Published in PAN V, Issue 1, 1899.

“The library is perhaps the handsomest room in this princely home. It is finished in ebony, relieved with carvings in ap...
07/28/2020

“The library is perhaps the handsomest room in this princely home. It is finished in ebony, relieved with carvings in apple-tree wood. High book-cases line the walls, which are covered in heavy silk, in gold and olive. A paneled frieze, with brackets in the style of the Italian Renaissance, carries the paneled ceiling, with cassets decorated in olive, red, and grey.” (From Artistic Houses: Being a series of interior views of a number of the most beautiful and celebrated homes in the United States, 1883, page 50).

Today, much of the original furniture is on view, including the magnificent ebonized library table and matching chairs designed to harmonize with the room’s interiors.
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Image: The Library of the Nickerson Mansion (now The Richard H. Driehaus Museum), Chicago. Photography by Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing, 2008.

On this day in 1860, Art Nouveau painter, illustrator and graphic artist Alphonse Mucha was born in Moravia, now the Cze...
07/24/2020

On this day in 1860, Art Nouveau painter, illustrator and graphic artist Alphonse Mucha was born in Moravia, now the Czech Republic. His distinctive graphic style was coined ‘Le Style Mucha’ by Parisians as his posters rose to fame in the late 1890s and heralded a new visual language in advertising during the opulent Belle Epoque.

Mucha became a great success after actress Sarah Bernhardt, reigning queen of the Paris stage in the late nineteenth century, chose him as her favored designer. In this image of Sarah Bernhardt as La Dame aux Camélias, 1896, Mucha used a tall imposing format in order to show her full length figure, which is surrounded by silver metallic ink stars to promote “The Divine Sarah” as the reigning queen of the Paris stage.

In the Museum Store we carry “Sarah’s Stars” earrings in both gold and silver. Find them at shop.driehausmuseum.org

#onthisday #mucha #artnouveau #frenchposters
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Image: Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939). Sarah Bernhardt as La Dame aux Camélias, 1896. Color lithograph. Photograph by John Faier, 2015.

07/24/2020
Live From the Drawing Room #3 - The Transcendence of Form

In this episode "The Transcendence of Form", we will be discussing the evolution of the relationship between form and function in art, design, and music. There will be a few cocktail demonstrations as well as a closer glimpse into the wonders of the museum. Musically our program will touch on the relationship between French Impressionist composers and early American Jazz music.

Please show your support by donating at driehausmuseum.org/support/donate

Thank you!

TOMORROW at 7:30 CDT - Episode 3 of Live From the Drawing Room, “The Transcendence of Form,” welcomes you back into the ...
07/22/2020

TOMORROW at 7:30 CDT - Episode 3 of Live From the Drawing Room, “The Transcendence of Form,” welcomes you back into the Nickerson Mansion for a musical evening with friends focused on the late 19th-century Aesthetic Movement’s far reaching influence on design.

To get a head start on partaking in the evening's festivities, we are happy to present, "Live From the Drawing Room" Cocktail Making Packages ("Giggle Water" Not Included).

Details on what is included and how to order, here:
https://mailchi.mp/driehausmuseum/1wcxt83ir5-942257

Don't forget to register for the event and make a gift to support our work:
http://driehausmuseum.org/programs/detail/live-from-the-drawing-room-the-transcendence-of-form

There are ten slight differences between these two photos of the historic Dining Room. Can you find them all? Find all o...
07/21/2020

There are ten slight differences between these two photos of the historic Dining Room. Can you find them all?

Find all of the answers here:
https://bit.ly/2CPpHAj

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40 E Erie St
Chicago, IL
60611

The Red Line is the nearest El stop at Chicago Avenue. From Chicago Avenue, walk south to Erie Street. The State Street bus, number 36, or Michigan Avenue buses stopping at Erie Street are just a short walk to the Museum. For more information on routes, schedules, and fares visit: www.transitchicago.com

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Amazing woodworking skills and marble. Great place to visit.
highly recommend this new(ish) museum in Chicago. The exhibit is a perk...happened to like this one; the house itself is worth a visit.
Picked up this chair last week thinking it was cool.😎
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Come see "Burnham's Dream: The White City" musical next month! Tickets available between June 7th and July 1st. Get your tickets before they're gone...
Samuel Nickerson was a distant relative of my mother's grandfather. I would love to see this house!
Santa came to visit, awesome!
Do you have any family history on Ransom R. Cable?
Wonderful exhibit. Thank you 😊
Mary Weaks-Baxter maybe they would have interest in great great grandmother's chair.