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Frank Brangwyn: Bringing the Empire Home

May 25, 2018–May 26, 2019
The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

Frank Brangwyn: Bringing the Empire Home spotlighted the life and career of Frank Brangwyn (British, b. Belgium, 1867–1956), a versatile artist and designer working in the first half of the twentieth century. His murals, architectural plans, luxury interiors, and furniture vividly captured the many dimensions of Britain’s role as a colonial power and global trade giant. In his diverse works, Brangwyn harnessed the products, resources, and local cultures of Britain’s colonies and commercial partners for decorative ends just as the British empire began its slow collapse around the world.