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The Century Guild Museum will be releasing three t-shirts featuring rare occult artworks (1899-1920) at The Oddities Flea Market in LA!
The Century Guild Museum will be releasing three t-shirts featuring rare occult artworks (1899-1920) at The Oddities Flea Market in LA!
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Vampires, Clowns, Skulls: rare mystical occult art t-shirts!

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We are excited to be presenting at the Oddities Flea Market in Los Angeles next month, and we will be bringing THREE NEW SHIRTS with us this year.  On this 14-day Kickstarter you can preorder them for UP TO 30% OFF!

Our mission at the Century Guild Museum of Art is guiding you through the strangest and most obscure alleys of art history; all three of the shirts in this campaign feature work by brilliant artists from 1895-1920 whose work is thrilling and timeless:

  • The Vampire Bat is based on a 1917 artwork by Russian artist Sergei Lodygin.
  • The Owl on the Skull on the Book is an 1899 drawing by Bertold Löffler, a student of Carl Otto Czeschka* and one of the most important artists in the futuristic Modern Art movement the Vienna Secession.
  • The Laughing Jester Skull is a macabre illustration that Rolf Winkler created to illustrate the Edgar Allan Poe story The Cask of Amontillado. It was published in the first horror-fantasy periodical in history, the legendary German "pulp" Der Orchideengarten (The Orchid Garden).

* we published the first English-language monograph on Carl Otto Czeschka late last year; we have a few copies of this small, gorgeous hardcover book left HERE!

** you can see all of Rolf Winkler's illustrations for this story–and a lot more– in Diabolical Fantasia, our first volume documenting the artworks of Der Orchideengarten, available HERE!

The images on these shirts were taken from original artworks in our physical possession, and as a result the designs and resulting garments are of the highest quality.

All shirts are a soft feel, high quality, and tagless, with the Century Guild Museum of Art logo screened inside the collar.

All shirts will be available in both Men's and Women's cuts, in all sizes.  You will be able to select your sizes and cuts in the survey that we send out at completion of the campaign!

Bonus!  

If you love Sergei Lodygin's sexy Vampire Bat lady as much as we do, we made the metal pin that we created of her part of this campaign.  You can also add this to any pledge,  just add $13 to your total and we will ship it with your t-shirt!

As part of this campaign, you can also select any of our metal and enamel pins and receive the same discount price.  The four pictured below are illustrations from our series of books documenting the art of Der Orchideengarten:

  •  Goblins, Sword, and Head by Edwin Henel, 1919.*
  •  Skull flower based on an illustration by Ernst Heigenmooser, 1919.**
  •  Spider-skeleton over victim (skull glows in the dark!) based on an illustration by Marie Louise Mammen, 1919.***
  •  Homunculus is from an artwork by Ernst Heigenmooser, 1920.****

Original artworks pictured in our books: * Diabolical Fantasia, ** Sinister Harvest, *** Eldritch Bloom, **** Withering Heights; all books available HERE!

Fulfillment.

These shirts are for our appearance at Oddities Flea Market in LA, May 18-19.  You can pick up your shirt at the event.  All remaining shirts ship out on May 20.

About Us.

For nearly 20 years, The Century Guild Museum of Art has been devoted to building and presenting an archive of important artworks that define the origins of popular culture. 

Century Guild is a gallery and institution founded by Thomas Negovan in 1999. Century Guild has presented Art Nouveau and Symbolist Art in both their Chicago (1999-2013) and Los Angeles (2012-2018) galleries, as well as in numerous international art and antiques fairs across the last two decades- including fourteen years as a major presence at San Diego Comic Con International. Works previously in the Century Guild collection are on permanent display in a number of important institutions, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Detroit Institute of Art and have been exhibited at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Museum of Art, and The Art Gallery of Ontario. The limited edition books published by Century Guild are desirable for their academic content, fine quality, and collectability; many out-of-print volumes command high prices on Amazon and eBay. 

We are strong believers in and supporters of the crowdfunding community, and the way that it encourages creations of exceptional quality by making a direct connection between the creator and collector. At least 5% of the funds we raise in each campaign go back into the Kickstarter community to push other campaigns towards reaching their goal.

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    Vampire Bat enamel pin

    One Vampire Bat Lady enamel pin, based on a Russian artwork from 1917.

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    Vampire Bat t-shirt

    Sergei Lodygin's beautiful Vampire Bat on a deluxe, tagless, soft shirt with The Century Guild Museum of Art logo screened inside the collar. Men's or Women's cuts, all sizes. (Retail $35)

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    Owl on Skull and Book t-shirt

    Bertold Löffler's eerie Owl on Skull and Book presented on a deluxe, tagless, soft shirt with The Century Guild Museum of Art logo screened inside the collar.

    Men's or Women's cuts, all sizes: supply your choice in the survey after the close of the campaign. (Retail $35)

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    Laughing Jester Skull t-shirt

    Rolf Winkler's spooky Laughing Jester Skull on a deluxe, tagless, soft shirt with The Century Guild Museum of Art logo screened inside the collar. Men's or Women's cuts, all sizes. (Retail $35)

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    Choose TWO shirts!

    Choose any two deluxe, tagless, soft shirts with The Century Guild Museum of Art logo screened inside the collar. Men's or Women's cuts, all sizes. (Retail $70)

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    Choose THREE shirts!

    Choose any three deluxe, tagless, soft shirts with The Century Guild Museum of Art logo screened inside the collar. Men's or Women's cuts, all sizes. (Retail $105)

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