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Sant Pau Modernista Hospital in Barcelona now open to the public

Sant Pau, the world's largest Art Nouveau Site, is for several weeks open. The visitor programme invites the visitor to learn about Lluís Domènech i Montaner's most important work and the outcome of one of the most significant restoration projects in recent years.

In the Art Nouveau Site, the union of history and architecture carries us back to the early years of the twentieth century, when Barcelona was undergoing its greatest phase of urban growth. The visit takes the visitors on a journey through the evolution of one of the oldest medical institutions in Europe, showing how the Art Nouveau complex was designed and built and explaining its current use as an internationally acclaimed centre for knowledge.

Guided visits are available in Catalan, Spanish, English and French

More information about the history of the Hospital and how to visit

Picture: Detail of the Sant Pau Hospital

Art Nouveau Digitalization: a successful finish for the Partage Plus Project

After two years of work, the Partage Plus Project has reached its successful conclusion.
Over the course of the project, partner institutions - among them the RANN member cities Aveiro, Brussels, Vienna, Barcelona, Helsinki, Alesund, Ljubljana - have digitized and uploaded into Europeana over 75.000 records: including museum-quality objects, details of art nouveau architecture, works on paper and other archival material.
The project was funded by the European Commission, and it was realized with the cooperation of 25 partner institutions from all over Europe.

More information about the process and the results of the Project

Visit the Central website of the project, as well as the Partage Plus material on Europeana

Picture: K.K. Kielland, Norway

Terrible blaze at the Glasgow School of Art – 23 May 2014

A terrible blaze, which started in the basement just before lunchtime, hit the Glasgow School of Art on 23 May 2014.

Firefighters who were at the scene within four minutes of receiving the first emergency call brought the fire under control, but it damaged much of the west wing of the Category-A listed building where students were preparing for their final-year degree show.

Besides the “hen run”, the library, which housed rare and archival materials including periodicals from the early 19th century and publications about Mackintosh, was destroyed. A team of specialist conservation staff from Historic Scotland is now working with the school's own archivists to retrieve and conserve vulnerable materials.

The school site remained under the control of the Scottish fire and rescue service until Friday 30 May for the salvage operation. Students from the Glasgow School of Art formed a guard of honour to send fire crews on their way as they left the campus.

The art school said that online donations had grown into tens of thousands of pounds, and it was overwhelmed with offers of practical support from conservators, curators and specialists around the world.

If you wish to support the Glasgow School of Art:

For offers of financial support please click here to donate via the page The Big Give
For offers of practical assistance, please e-mail in the first instance to Alan Horn, Director of Development at

More information

Discover PagePark's reflection - conservation architecture firm

Picture: The Glasgow School of Art in flames, Photograph: Craig Watson/SNS Group

10th Barcelona Modernista Fair in Barcelona - from 30 May to 1 June 2014

Between 30 May and 1 June 2014, Cor Eixample (Trade and Professional Association for the Right Side of the Eixample) and Barcelona City Council are holding the 10th Barcelona Modernista Fair. The Fair is part of the activities of the Right Side of the Eixample’s local festival and this year celebrates its tenth edition.

As in past years, the event will be held in Carrer Girona, between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer València, with various activities also taking place on the side lanes of Avinguda Diagonal.

There will be heaps of leisure and cultural activities for young people, adults and toddlers, including guided tours, children’s workshops, Modernista puppets, a parade of vintage cars, a vintage train ride, conferences on Modernisme, some spectacular period attractions, a family bike ride (you must be dressed in period costume to participate), street entertainment and many other surprises. Other towns and organisations connected in some way to Modernisme will also be present, as well as a stand offering information and products related to the Barcelona Modernisme Route.

This year the Fair is dedicated to the centenary of the first car with an Elizalde engine, which was built in the Elizalde factory located at Passeig de Sant Joan 149 in Barcelona.

In addition, whoever comes dressed in Art Nouveau period clothes will receive a gift photo of themselves and go into the draw for some handmade products and other prizes.

Official programme in Catalan

For more information call the Centre del Modernisme on +34 933 177 652.

Picture: Poster of the event

Lecture The Art Nouveau houses of Gabriel Charle at the Conservart in Brussels – on 27 May 2014

Pierre Anagnostopoulos will give a lecture on the theme “The Art Nouveau houses of Gabriel Charle”, an unknown decorator architect from Brussels at the Conservart (Brussels) on 27 May 2014 at 6.45 pm.

Lecture organised by the Royal Society of Archeology of Brussels

More information and poster of the event

Picture: Detail of the poster of the event

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Responsible publisher: Arlette Verkruyssen, General Director,
Brussels Regional Public Service - Bruxelles Développement urbain (Brussels Urban Development),
CCN - Rue du Progrès 80, B. 1, 1035 Brussels - Belgium