CENTURY GUILD: THE FINEST ART OF THREE CENTURIES.
2016 marks the transition of Century Guild to a not-for-profit space dedicated to providing a historical context to popular culture. Founded in 1999 as an art gallery, the personal mission of founder Thomas Negovan has always been to educate and inspire by creating a bridge of understanding between the late 19th century and the present- especially to unsuspecting yet passionate audiences; one notable example being the exhibition of museum-level Art Nouveau to the over 100,000 art lovers annually attending San Diego Comic Con.
The museum is focused primarily on the presentation of Art Nouveau and Symbolist works from Germany, Austria, France and Italy 1880-1920, including the lithography of historically significant artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Walter Schnackenberg, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Ludwig Hohlwein alongside the finest examples of Art Nouveau objects including Amphora and Massier pottery, important Symbolist Art lithographs by artists including Alphonse Mucha and Carlos Schwabe, and artifacts from the golden eras of Silent Film and Munich and Berlin Cabaret.
Examples of works previously in the Century Guild collection are on permanent display in The Art Institute of Chicago, The Detroit Institute of Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
While Century Guild primarily exhibits relics of the past, the rotating modern collection also contains work select contemporary Symbolist and Expressionist artists who with their exceptional work have built a rare conduit from the 19th century to the present, including Clive Barker, Jeremy Bastian, Michael Hussar, Steve Kilbey, Paul Laffoley, David Mack, Chris Mars, Dave McKean, and Gail Potocki.
Century Guild also publishes art books of the highest quality, including the definitive monographs on Clive Barker, David Mack, and Gail Potocki.
The museum is located at 6150 Washington Boulevard in the heart of the Culver City Arts District. Hours are by exhibition, chance, or appointment. You can contact the gallery directly at 1-800-610-CENTURY.