Drawn from the celebrated collection of the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles in Rouen, France, one of the world’s finest museums devoted to wrought iron and a FRAME member museum, The Art of Iron presents thirty-six unique objects in an installation celebrating the craft and beauty of these creations. Salvaged by the founders of the Musée Le Secq during a period when wrought iron was being rapidly discarded and replaced with modern materials, these pieces tell stories of preindustrial times and highlight the importance of iron in our shared past. The exhibition features shop, inn, and cabaret signs; architectural grills, gates, and balcony railings; masterful locks and lockboxes; spectacular lecterns made for churches; and household objects, including wares for the kitchen, bedroom, and garden. The exhibition is co-organized by the Clark Art Institute and the Réunion des Musées Métropolitains, Rouen, Normandy.

FRAME thanks The Clark Art Institute and the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles for graciously acknowledging our network in the development of this exhibition.

CABARET SIGN, BAT. Possibly 19th century, modified in the 20th century. Wrought iron and rolled iron, carved and embossed, green glass. Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, LS.2003.4.1. Image © Agence La Belle Vie – Nathalie Landry

The Art of Iron will be on view at The Clark at Institute in Williamstown from June 9 – September 16, 2018. For more information visit