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Ljubljana celebrates Fabiani Year - 2015

2015 marks the 150th birth anniversary of the architect Maks Fabiani, whose rich legacy makes him one of the most important Central European architects of the turn of the 20th century. In celebration of the anniversary, Ljubljana will host a programme of exhibitions.

Maks Fabiani, a collaborator of the Viennese architect Otto Wagner, was one of the originators and, in the period 1903–1904, active members of the Austrian Art Nouveau movement, referred to as the Viennese Secession. Due to his active role in the circle of Viennese artists and the famous Art Nouveau buildings he designed in Vienna, Ljubljana, Gorizia, and Trieste in the period between 1899 and 1909, Fabiani contributed to the establishment of the principles of modern architecture. Among other things, he created a new urban development plan for Ljubljana after the devastating earthquake of 1895.

Art Nouveau damast

Stylised floral motifs and graceful birds adorned much table linen in the first quarter of the 20th century. During this period, Dutch linen weaveries invited artists to design damask patterns in this style, known as Art Nouveau or Jugendstil. Damask is often woven in a single colour, white. The subtle, delicate patterns are only revealed when the fabric is viewed from the correct angle. Chris Lebeau gained recognition at that time for his more than 60 eye-catching damask designs. The TextielMuseum made a selection from a series of beautiful damasks, woven in Art Nouveau style in the early 20th century, and presents them from 17 January in the exhibition Art Nouveau damask.

Winter Park, Florida
The Bride Elect—Gifts from the 1905 Wedding of Elizabeth Owens Morse

In 1905 Elizabeth Owens Morse, the daughter of Charles Hosmer Morse and Martha Owens Morse, married Richard Genius. The gift registry of this socially prominent Chicago bride—entitled “The Bride Elect”—survives in the Morse Museum’s archive, showing more than 250 gifts. Together these items provide a snapshot of the era, a glimpse into 1905 gift-giving traditions, and some insight into popular retail decisions made by wealthy consumers in the Chicago area. In this new exhibition, the Morse presents a representative group of the lovely gifts that survive from the Morse-Genius wedding, including Tiffany art glass, Rookwood pottery, and Gorham silver.

Winter Park, Florida
Selections from the Harry C. Sigman Collection of European and American Decorative Art

In this exhibit, the Museum debuts a selection from Harry C. Sigman’s 2014 gift of 86 objects to the Morse. Sigman, a Los Angeles attorney, began collecting European and American decorative art in 1969, and his gift dovetails with the late 19th- and early 20th-century styles represented in the Morse collection. The donation includes art glass, pottery, metalwork, and furniture. Though comprised mainly of Jeannette and Hugh McKean’s massive gift, the Morse collection has always been supported by generous individuals such as Harry Sigman whose contributions have helped it to grow in important ways. The finely crafted objects on view can be appreciated both individually and in the context of the Museum’s entire collection.

Au temps de Klimt

La Pinacothèque consacre une exposition à Gustav Klimt du 12 février au 21 juin 2015. Grand représentant de l'Art nouveau à Vienne, Klimt est l'un des pères de la Sécession viennoise : la Pinacothèque revient sur sa carrière en 180 œuvres !

L'exposition Au temps de Klimt, la Sécession à Vienne revient sur le développement de l'art viennois de la fin du XIXe siècle : un renouveau s'opère alors dans les arts à Vienne, grâce à l'Union des Artistes Figuratifs qui veulent offrir à "l'art autrichien une reconnaissance internationale à laquelle il aspire".

L'émancipation artistique de Klimt se fait en 1898, avec le célèbre tableau "Pallas Athenee", utilisé comme affiche pour la première exposition de la Sécession la même année. Gustav Klimt sera critiqué pour son œuvre jugée érotique, à cause de l'utilisation de formes phalliques dans la représentation de femmes fatales.

Si l'exposition se concentre sur l'oeuvre de Klimt, elle présente aussi les travaux qui ont inspiré son œuvre, ceux de Max Kurzwell, Théodor Hörmann ou bien Carl Schuch, ainsi que les grands chefs d'oeuvre de la Sécession et de l'avant-garde autrichienne.

In the time of Klimt - The Vienna Secession

The Pinacothèque de Paris, in partnership with Arthemisia Group and 24 ORE Cultura, wishes to examine once again an essential aspect of Art Nouveau, which was developed in Vienna at the start of the 20th century under the name Secession. Gustav Klimt's part in the emerging of that movement is a major one. The artist's talent and brio, from his precocious start to his excessive decorative effects, where gildings and the emerging expressionism are dominant, are the foundations of a new period, which flowered in Vienna at the turn of the century. That artistic movement is, in fact, at the origin of the birth, a few years later, of one of the major currents in modern art, Expressionism, which was the theme of an exhibition in the museum in 2011.

The exhibition shows over 180 works taken from the collections of the Belvedere museum in Vienna, as well as from private collections. The curatorship of the exhibition is ensured by Alfred Weidinger, curator of the Belvedere museum in Vienna.

Schaerbeek- Bruxelles
Fermeture temporaire de la Maison Autrique à Bruxelles – du 16 février au 31 décembre 2015

En raison de travaux de restauration portant sur les façades et d’une actualisation de la scénographie, l’ouverture au public sera réduite dès le lundi 16 février 2015 et jusqu’à la fin de l’année. Durant cette période seuls seront possibles des événements ponctuels et visites sur rendez-vous, en fonction du calendrier du chantier.

Depuis dix ans, la Maison Autrique est ouverte au public grâce à la détermination conjointe de plusieurs amis et à l’intervention de la Commune de Schaerbeek qui s’est portée acquéreur du bien. François Schuiten et Benoît Peeters sont à l’origine du projet de réhabilitation de cette œuvre de jeunesse du célèbre Victor Horta. Ils en ont fait une « maison des maisons», une habitation poétique suspendue dans le temps.

Wally Neuzil - Her Life with Egon Schiele

The painting “Wally”, housed by the Vienna Leopold Museum, is among the most well-known works by Egon Schiele. The upcoming exhibition at the Leopold Museum seeks to uncover the person behind the portrait, Walburga “Wally” Neuzil (1894-1917), approaching her through artworks, autographs, photographs and documents. Featured in the presentation will be eminent paintings by Schiele, such as “Death and the Maiden”, an important loan from the Belvedere, as well as drawings and watercolors by Schiele for which Wally acted as a model. The exhibition comprises works from the Leopold Museum, the Leopold Private Collection as well as loans from Austrian and international collections.

The exhibition examines the stages of Wally’s life, her professions, from model to nurse, and tells the tale of a woman’s fate in fin-de-siècle Vienna, between self-sacrifice and self-fulfillment, between a life without taboos and profound humanity.

World photographic contest Italian Liberty

This competition, which participation is free, arises in order to pay homage to the amazing heritage of the Italian Art Nouveau; for instance: houses, palaces, monuments, sculptures and applied arts. The Italian Liberty photographic contest represents a great opportunity to create passion about Beauty and Values promoted by the Liberty association.

In order to participate to the contest take pictures (for a maximum of 30 photos) of some Art Nouveau art pieces or make a video of these (only one video) and send it to Italian Liberty!

Directed by Andrea Speziali and organized by the Aitm Art Organization.

Full presentation of the contest

Expressionisms - The Collection from Kokoschka to Anzinger

Based on the impressions gained during her first examination of the museum holdings, the new curator for modern art, Beatrice von Bormann, has devised an exhibition about Expressionism. It features paintings, sculptures, drawings, and graphic prints by about eighty artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The focus is on Austrian and German Expressionism, from the early period before World War I to the Neo‑Expressionism of the 1960s and 1970s, and the Neuen Wilden.

The Architecture of Maks Fabiani-Pictures

Some of the finest Ljubljana works by the renowned Art Nouveau architect Maks Fabiani are presented in an open-air photographic exhibition by Miran Kambič, which marks the 150th anniversary of Fabiani's birth.

Maks Fabiani was one of the most important architects in Central Europe at the turn of the 20th century. In all periods of his career he remained faithful to Art Nouveau's underlying intention of making connections between art and everyday life.

For Fabiani, every building design project was also an urban development project involving a wider whole. This is particularly true of his Ljubljana works, practically all of which have their foundations in the large-scale urban plan for the redevelopment of Ljubljana after the earthquake of 1895, proposed by Fabiani on his own initiative the same year.

The photographer Miran Kambič (born 1965) has for many years been well-known for his work in the field of architectural photography. He is a regular contributor to Slovenian and international architectural magazines. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and catalogues and have been widely exhibited.

Venue: Krakovski nasip embakement – free visit

Maks Fabiani: A monarchy’s architect - overview

This major exhibition in celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the famous Art Nouveau architect Maks Fabiani gives an overview of the architect's oeuvre and presents the works he created in Vienna, Ljubljana, and Trieste.

Maks Fabiani (1865–1962) was a collaborator of the Viennese architect Otto Wagner and one of the originators of the Viennese Secession. After the devastating Ljubljana earthquake of 1895, he created a new conceptual solution for the urban redevelopment of Ljubljana, which later provided a basis for the famous architect Jože Plečnik to develop his own vision of the city.

In Vienna, Fabiani designed three palatial buildings that were considered to be among the most famous architectural works of the early 20th century, the best-known being the Urania, a magnificent multipurpose building with an observatory built between 1909 and 1910. In Italy, Fabiani designed the National Halls (Narodni dom) in Trieste and the House of Trade (Trgovski dom) in Gorizia, both cultural and business centres used by the local Slovenian community.


Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized, and he continues to inspire artists around the world. As the home of the largest and finest collection of Japanese art outside Japan—including the greatest variety of Hokusai works in any museum—the MFA is uniquely positioned to offer a comprehensive exhibition of this remarkable artist. Drawing from extensive holdings of paintings, woodblock prints, and illustrated printed books, the Museum will showcase an array of works from Hokusai’s seven-decade career, including lesser-known pieces depicting whimsical instructions on how to draw, dynamic paintings on paper lanterns, and elaborate cut-out dioramas. Also displayed are some of the most famous images in Japanese art, including Under the Wave Off Kanagawa (Great Wave) (about 1830–31)—from the legendary series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji—and the brilliantly colored multi-panel screen painting Phoenix (1835). Spanning Hokusai’s work from his 20s through his 80s, the exhibition will explore common themes through sections dedicated to topics such as landscapes, nature, fantasy, and the “Floating World” of urban culture (including depictions of the Kabuki theater and the Yoshiwara pleasure district). Works that depict Japanese historical and literary motifs will be featured along with “perspective prints” with exaggerated vanishing points, often used in toy peep shows. An extremely delicate silk square of a mythological Chinese lion, likely used as a gift wrapper (fukusa), will also be included, in a rare public display of the fragile work. An illustrated publication will accompany the exhibition.

Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31)

Trésors de Sable et de Feu, Verre et Cristal aux Arts Décoratifs, XIVe-XXIe siècle

L’exposition est la première grande rétrospective dédiée à une histoire du verre depuis « L’Art du Verre » organisée aux Arts Décoratifs en 1951. Le caractère international de ce projet va de pair avec une attention particulière accordée aux verriers français, en offrant certains regards croisés sur les productions anciennes et contemporaines. Les objets, ornementaux ou utilitaires, et les œuvres d’art sont inscrits dans une trame chronologique qui rythme le parcours du visiteur sur les deux étages. Les pièces exposées illustrent les goûts des collectionneurs qui ont activement enrichi le fonds de l’institution, ainsi que les acquisitions importantes de verres faites depuis le XIXe siècle.

Des originaux arabo-musulmans, comme les verres émaillés mamelouks sont confrontés aux créations de Philippe J. Brocard à Paris ou de la firme Lobmeyr à Vienne et côtoient des verres chinois de la dynastie Qing qui fascinèrent émile Gallé. Le visiteur découvre l’histoire du verre européen du XVIe au XVIIIe grâce aux dons et legs de collectionneurs passionnés comme Patrice Salin, Madeleine Bougenaux, François Carnot et Madame Fernand Bernard. La création de manufactures modernes au début du XIXe siècle, participe à l’émergence d’une véritable verrerie et cristallerie de luxe en France, comme celle de Baccarat. Les « cristaux opales » ou « opalines », sont l’originalité la plus grande de cette production française et un point fort de la collection.

Les Arts Décoratifs contribuent à l’éclosion et à la diffusion d’un art nouveau et, jusqu’en 1914, rassemblent un splendide ensemble d’œuvres, dont celles d’Emile Gallé, de René Lalique et de François-Eugène Rousseau. 
Cette politique active d’enrichissements est cependant très ralentie après la Première Guerre Mondiale mais des acquisitions spectaculaires viennent enrichir le musée, comme le legs de Monsieur et Madame Barthou, grands amateurs des verriers Maurice Marinot et François Décorchemont.

Une des salles du niveau supérieur est dédiée à l’histoire du verre à boire de 1900 à nos jours. Les autres espaces de l’étage sont consacrés aux oeuvres françaises et internationales des quarante dernières années. Cette période correspond aussi à l’émergence de nouveaux organismes spécialisés. La fondation du centre du verre aux Arts Décoratifs en 1982, et les rencontres internationales du musée du verre de Sars Poterie, sont révélateurs de cette nouvelle dynamique. L’exposition met ainsi en lumière les générations d’artistes ayant transformé l’approche du verre depuis les années 1960 mais aussi une génération récente d’artistes talentueux. Le visiteur découvre ou revoit alors des œuvres de Stanislav Libensky, Jaroslava Brychtova, Bertil Valien, Richard Meitner, Bernard Dejonghe, Toots Zynsky, Alessandro et Laura de Santillana, Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass et de plus jeunes comme Damien François, Vanessa Mitrani et Martin Hlubucek. Le Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques de Marseille, et le Centre International d’Art Verrier de Meisenthal, deux institutions impliquées dans la création contemporaine, sont les invités du musée. Représentés par des réalisations récentes de Philippe Parreno (CIRVA), Michel Paysant (CIAV), ou encore David Dubois (CIAV et CIRVA). Histoire et actualité du verre, histoire du goût, histoire d’une collection, l’exposition éclaire toutes les facettes de ce matériau étonnant qui prend toutes les formes et toutes les couleurs.

Fabiani’s legacy in Ljubljana

Maks Fabiani, whose 150th birth anniversary is celebrated in Ljubljana this year, was a renowned member of the Austrian Art Nouveau movement, known as the Viennese Secession. He was also the architect whose conceptual solution for the urban development of Ljubljana was later built upon by Jože Plečnik.

Fabiani left a significant legacy in a number of European cities, but the most profound was definitely the mark he left on Ljubljana as after the Ljubljana earthquake of 1895 he developed, on his own initiative and free of charge, a large-scale urban plan for the city.

Supported by Ljubljana's progressive mayor Ivan Hribar, Fabiani prepared not only the regulatory plan for the redevelopment of Ljubljana, but also architectural plans for a large number of modern new buildings. Today, the central point of his Art Nouveau Ljubljana is considered to be the Miklošič Park area, completed in 1908 and originally named Slovenian Square.

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Responsible publisher: Arlette Verkruyssen, General Director,
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