Tim Benton who created the landmark exhibition Art Deco: 1910-1939 at the V & A in 2003 has curated a new show “Modern Taste: Art Deco in Paris, 1910–1935” at the Fundacion Juan March in Madrid. The first exhibition devoted to Art Deco in Spain, it seeks to explore Art Deco not from an encyclopedic point of view as Benton’s previous show, but to rather explore its impact on taste and daily life during the prewar years. I was somewhat surprised to see that Art Deco is called a ‘movement’ in the description of the show by the Fundacion. It has been already acknowledged in scholarship that it was not a ‘movement,’ or ‘style’ but rather a ‘mode,’ or ‘approach.’ In fact, while a certain glamour has been attached since the 60s, at its time, it had captured the imagination of millions living through the depression and WWII. It was situated between the wars, between the traditional and the radical, between historical and the modern, bridging together past and future and bringing back to France the position of the mecca of taste and design, a position it lost more than a hundred years earlier with the fall of Napoleon.