Riviera Paradise: Art, Design and Pleasure in the 20s and 30s
Monday 8 January 2018 at 16:30
- Venue: Salon Varietés Theatre, Fuengirola
Lecturer: Mary Alexander
Our Patron: Friends of Susan Molbeck Lecture
- Members: No charge (included in Membership Fees)
Non-Members: 10 Euro Pay at Door
Since the 19th Century English high society had ‘wintered over’ on the Côte d’Azur, but always left by April. In the early 1920’s, however, an intoxicating mix of artists, writers, musicians and international visitors, inspired by a mythological seascape of luminous colours, created a new summer season. Sun tans and sportswear soon became ‘de rigueur’ in the chic new coastal resorts, villas and hotels.
This liberating playground of ideas across the visual design arts was stimulated by impresarios Serge Diaghilev and Paul Poiret. Traditional boundaries were torn down. Matisse, Picasso, Dufy, Cocteau, and Chanel merged the worlds of fashion, theatre and interiors. Cole Porter, Scott Fitzgerald, and the intriguing Gerald and Sara Murphy, introduced an American perspective and attracted an influential new set of discerning patrons and collectors. We will ‘time travel’ to meet them.
About the Lecturer
Mary Alexander has thirty years’ experience as a lecturer, with a BA in History and History of Art and a MA with distinction in History of Art from University College London. Experience includes public lectures in museums, tutoring for the Open University, visiting lecturer at Christie’s Education in London, museum curator at Platt Hall, the Gallery of Costume in Manchester. She is now a freelance lecturer to various arts, heritage and antiquarian societies. She also worked in Pentagram design consultancy in London and New York, organising conferences and special events. Author of various articles on design and visual awareness issues, her background combines an unusual blend of academic and visual communications skills. Mary is an enthusiastic member and President of Glaven Valley DFAS.