Treasures of The Fan Museum Catalogue


Treasures of The Fan Museum Catalogue
16 January – 05 June 2016

“It was Papa’s sense of perfection, instilled from an early age, which has caused me to hope that The Fan Museum is in every detail a centre of excellence. Let the fans and their beauty speak for themselves…”

– Helene Alexander MBE, Founder/Director of The Fan Museum

The UK’s only museum dedicated to the history of fans and craft of fan making celebrates its twenty fifth anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion an exhibition of the Museum’s finest fans, Treasures of The Fan Museum, will run from 16 January to 05 June 2016. For this celebratory show, the Museum’s curators have delved deep into the collections, handpicking a remarkable array of fans which showcase the extraordinary diversity of the Museum’s holdings. Exhibition highlights include seventeenth century fans painted with mythological subjects, elaborately carved & gilt rococo confections, and twentieth century fans by artists George Barbier and Salvador Dali. Contemporary fan making is represented in the form of a fan by Sylvain Le Guen, whose modernist confections capture the imagination and present fan making as a wholly relevant and extant art form.


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