The Art Nouveau exhibition has been in preparation for
nearly seven years. This timeline tracks the progress in planning the exhibition, from conception to construction,
through its presentation at the National Gallery of Art.
Research on the Art Nouveau catalogue and exhibition begins at the Victoria and Albert Museum under the
direction of the V&A's head of research, Paul Greenhalgh.
NGA and V&A curators meet to discuss sharing the Art Nouveau exhibition.
V&A scholars tour institutional and private collections around the world researching the period and searching
for the finest examples of Art Nouveau objects.
National Gallery design department undertakes preliminary plans, assembling
notebooks of reference materials and producing early sketches for exhibition spaces.
Designer architects prepare blueprints of exhibition spaces.
Design staff fabricates first maquettes of objects and exhibition galleries.
Deconstruction of previous exhibition makes room for Art Nouveau.
Staff finalizes maquettes and architectural models.
Construction of the new exhibition space commences.
Electricians start to wire the Art Nouveau galleries.
Carpenters begin to install drywall.
First objects for the NGA version of the Art Nouveau exhibition begin to arrive.
First showing of the exhibition opens on April 6 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
NGA technicians begin to install heating and air conditioning.
Designer architects finalize blueprints of exhibition spaces.
First carpeting is installed.
Final drywall is installed.
Carpet installation is complete.
Art handlers and couriers begin to install objects in finished galleries.
Lighting designers start to illuminate objects and exhibition spaces.
Silkscreening of object labels and wall texts begins.
The nearly complete exhibition is presented to the press on October 3.
Final objects are installed
Lighting of objects and spaces is finalized.
The exhibition opens to the public on October 8.
Art Nouveau exhibition closes in Washington on January 28.
Objects are deinstalled and prepared for return to lenders or shipment to the Tokyo venue.