Johan Thorn Prikker, Die Jugend, 1923, Wandgemälde, Secco-Technik: kalkechte Farbpigmente mit Kasein, 390 x 316 cm, © Kunstmuseen Krefeld.

Johan Thorn Prikker, Heuschrecken, 1903/1904, Aquarell, Gouache /Karton, 86,5 x 131 cm, © Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Foto: Stefan Johnen.

Johan Prikker, Monumental and beyond Art Nouveau

Johan Thorn Prikker, The Game of Life (1901-1902), Wall painting in the hall and staircase of the villa De Zeemeeuw (The Seagull), Scheveningen, Sgraffito, intarsia and a secco, Approx. 10 x 4 metres, Executed in collaboration with Johan Altorf.

Johan Thorn Prikker, Tischlampe, 1901/1902, Möbel, Kupfer u. Glas, 57,5 x 50 cm. © Sammlung des Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

Johan Thorn Prikker, Blutendes Herz / Neu-Ulm, 1922-1928, Glasfenster.

Johan Thorn Prikker, Glasfenster, 1926, Antikglas, Blei,Foyer museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf.


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Johan Thorn Prikker – Beyond Art Nouveau
March 25-August 7, 2011

Johan Thorn Prikker (1868-1932) gained recognition early in his career for his paintings and drawings, among the finest examples of Symbolist art in the Netherlands. However, Thorn Prikker soon became an ardent exponent of the applied arts. He abandoned traditional easel painting in favor of a wide range of other media from watercolours, textiles, book covers and stained glass to wall paintings, furniture, mosaics and carpets. Thorn Prikker was more than just an Art Nouveau designer; he was one of the first Dutch artists to enjoy an international reputation.

Museum Kunst Palast also houses several monumental works by Thorn Prikker in addition to the exhibition. His Early work is unknown in Germany and comes as something of a surprise to German visitors.

The museum is showing more than 200 highlights from Thorn Prikker's oeuvre. This is the first major exhibition devoted to one of the most prominent designers from the heyday of Dutch art at the beginning of the 20th century. Beyond Art Nouveau illustrates the artist’s creativity and love of experimentation.

Stained glass Visitors will gain an insight into Johan Thorn Prikker’s diverse body of work. The exhibition embraces all the disciplines in which he worked. Thorn Prikker’s stained-glass windows occupy a prominent position within the display. At the centre of the exhibition is a chapel in which the visitor can experience the locations for which his stained-glass windows were originally designed. The light in this space brings the colourful designs to life.

International phenomenon The Thorn Prikker exhibition — with more than 200 masterpieces — was a great success in Rotterdam. The works have come from more than 20 museums, including the Kröller-Müller Museum, The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague and the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum in Krefeld, and private collections in the Netherlands and Germany. The exhibition has been an eye-opener for many visitors. The display of stained glass, watercolours, furniture, wall paintings and carpets has so far attracted more than 150.000 visitors to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in the Netherlands. This first major retrospective of the work of one of the leading designers of the early 20th century demonstrates that Johan Thorn Prikker was more than just an Art Nouveau designer. He was one of the first Dutch modern artists to gain an international reputation.

Johan Thorn Prikker (1868-1932) trained as a painter at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In 1904, following his initial success, he left the Netherlands to teach at the School of Applied Arts in Krefeld (Germany). Here he gave full expression to his diverse creative talents. A few years later Thorn Prikker created his first stained-glass window for the railway station in Hagen with the appropriate title ‘The Artist as Teacher of Trade and Industry’. He ran his own department at the applied art schools in Munich, Düsseldorf and Cologne and so had an unrivalled influence on German monumental art. He enjoyed great success both in Germany and the Netherlands until his death in 1932.

Catalogue The exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen was co-curated by Thorn Prikker expert, Christiane Heiser. She will also be closely involved in the installation of the exhibition in Düsseldorf. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue with essays by twelve specialists from the Netherlands, Germany and Canada. The catalogue has been co-published with Museum Kunst Palast and is available in Dutch and German.

Johan Thorn Prikker, The Bride (1892-1893),Oil on canvas, 147 x 88 cm, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo.

Head of Christ – Ecce Homo (1913), Stained glass, 178 x 92 cm, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum, Kunstmuseen Krefeld.

Johan Thorn Prikker, Essen Window (1925), Stained glass, 267 x 83 x 24.5 cm , Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum, Kunstmuseen Krefeld.

Exhibition overview, Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg.

Intarsia box (1922-1923), Executed by Albert Schulze, Hanover, Various exotic woods 28 x 28 x 8.5 cm, Clemens-Sels-Museum, Neuss.