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New catalogue of the Daum collection at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy


The Daum collection of the Fine Arts Museum in Nancy is considered as a reference by the scientific community as well as the general public. It has indeed no equivalent in another museum in France or abroad. 
In order to underline its full dimension, the museum wished to create a catalogue to illustrate its richness and variety : from Art Nouveau to the beginning of Art Déco, from the fifties to the contemporary period, the whole story of the factory is told through this new catalogue. Some hundred illustrations, fifty of which are full pages, unveil the main masterpieces, the 735 objects of the collections being presented on a DVD along with the catalogue. 
The text of the book benefits from a wide research work led by a new scientific team composed with Christophe Bardin, teacher at the Paul Verlaine University in Metz and author of a art history thesis about Daum, Mireille Mazet, art historian specialized in glass, Benoît Martin, in charge of the Decorative Arts collection of the Fine Arts Museum of Nancy, Claire Stoullig, heritage chief curator and director of the Fine Arts Museum of Nancy and Valérie Thomas, heritage curator and director of the Ecole de Nancy Museum. 
In French. Fage Editions. 2011.


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European Art Nouveau Secrets: Victor Horta's Maison Aubecq and Mackintosh's Ingram Street Tearooms - 20 April 2011 


Lectures by Guy Conde-Reis (architect, Brussels Directorate of Monuments and Sites) and Alison Brown (curator for European Decorative Art, Glasgow Museums).
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"Victor Horta, a lost world" at the Autrique House - 8 April to 31 December 2011


The exhibition dedicated to Victor Horta by the Autrique House Association offers to discover or rediscover the key moments of an architectural work that has disappeared. This initiative is part of the movement of revival Art Nouveau recollection that has already been well existing in the Brussels Region for several years. It is hard to believe that an architectural work once celebrated and built in quality materials with a brilliant know-how happened to be so fragile. Its history could be the topic of a modern fable. (Source: agenda.be)


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Suur-Merijoki manor as a total work of art in Hvitträsk - from 8 April to 22 December 2011


Exhibition presents Suur-Merijoki manor, that was built 1901-1904 in the Rural Commune of Viipuri on the Karelian Isthmus, which at the time of construction belonged to the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland in the Russian Empire.
Designed by the architects Herman Gesellius (1874-1916), Armas Lindgren (1874-1929) and Eliel Saarinen (1873-1950), the main building of Suur-Merijoki Manor is the best-known and most complete total work of art in the history of Finnish architecture.
The collaboration of these Finnish architects still at the beginning of their careers with their client, the businessman Maximilian Othmar Neuscheller of St. Petersburg, was an opportunity for realizing even their wildest plans. Suur-Merijoki Manor was intended for the leisure use of a family with seven children.
On display are beautiful original furniture and sculptures from Suur-Merijoki manor. Manor and its' planning is presented by colorful watercolor washes by Gesellius, Lindgren and Saarinen. Maximilian Othmar Neuscheller himself photographed his leisure house and on display are also color photographs taken by Neuscheller during 1910's.


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"Boldini and the Belle Epoque" at Villa Olmo in Como - 26 March to 24 July 2011


In the series of Italian exhibitions aimed at high attendance, the Villa Olmo is a newcomer who has made itself a name with offers that are not very daring but are prepared with great professionalism. On the shores of lake Como, two steps from Villa d’Este, one of the most famous palaces in Europe, and after Magritte, Klimt and Miro, the Villa presents Boldini. A painter of society at the end of the XIXth century, an Italian successfully transplanted in Paris, Boldini is back in fashion in the art market: recently he signed a spectacular sale (5.8 million $ on 4 November 2010 at Sotheby’s for Portrait of Giovinetta Errazurriz). His large works of aristocrats in evening clothes were the major figures of Europe at the eve of World War I. The beautiful Singer, Demidoff and Concha de Ossa ladies are in some ways the portrait of a careless civilization in front of the abyss. Boldini’s work hid the work done in parallel by other Italian painters, shown here purposely. While there was a retrospective of Giuseppe de Nittis’s work just recently at the Petit Palais in Paris, Vittorio Corcos and Federico Zandomeneghi still lack «visibility» outside of the peninsula. (Source: ArtAujourd'hui.Info)


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The new permanent collection at the Museu del Modernisme Català


On 25 March, coinciding with celebrations for its first anniversary, the Museu del Modernisme Catala (Museum of Catalan Modernisme) will present its new permanent collection.
The museum is partially renewing its permanent collection with sixty new works, half of which form part of the museum's stored works, which up until now have not been shown to the public. The other half are recent acquisitions and donations of the grand masters of Catalan Modernisme.


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Cultural Bazaar 2011, Ljubljana - 15 March 2011


Cultural Bazaar is a project that emphasizes the importance of cultural and arts education. The main objective is to connect cultural institutions, professionals, and teachers with pupils and students and in the same time provide systematic solutions within the educational curriculum. This year’s bazaar was already the third one and was organized by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Sport and Institute of Education. The executive producer was again Cankarjev dom, the main Slovene culture centre. More than two hundred cultural and other institutions from all over Slovenia presented their high quality and attractive projects for children, youth and teachers. This year, the UPIRS (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia) team presented the educational material that was create within the Réseau Art Nouveau Network. Creative workshop particularly focused on computer games and by playing, we had a chance to learn about main characteristics of art nouveau movement. Computer game ‘Discover Art Nouveau’ was designed by professionals from The Lighthouse (Glasgow, Scotland) in the framework of the project ‘Art Nouveau and Society’ in 2006. Many visitors attended the event and among them was also The Slovenian national broadcaster  (34:40). The successful event highlighted again that Réseau Art Nouveau Network provide high quality educational material that can help in the process of learning.


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"Brussels shops. From Art Nouveau to now" at the Halles Saint-Géry in Brussels - 25 February to 1st of May 2011


Because it should catch the eye, the shop has always stimulated the audacity of the creators. As a great laboratory of ideas, shapes, materials, implementations, it also reflects instant lifestyle, tastes, attitudes, the urbanity of an era. The shop is also in the major art movements: Art Nouveau, Art Deco, modernism, conceptual art ... to become a work of art itself. The exhibition takes the visitor to discover a century of windows and shops in Brussels through a gallery of photographs and reproductions of drawings.


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"From the craftsman to the architect. The work of Alban Chambon (1847-1928)" at theCIVA in Brussels - 16 February to 30 April 2011


The exhibition explores the main aspects of the work of a multi-talented artist. He Began his career as a journeyman decorator in Paris, moved to Brussels at the age of twenty, acquired a European reputation as a creator of Oriental-style theater, enjoyed the reptation as the architect of Leopold II and a few major figures of industry and finance, was appreciated in Brussels for the living rooms of the Metropole Hotel, before sinking into oblivion as the years went by... Through the exhibition, visitors will be immersed in the fin-de-sičcle atmosphere where an enterprising bourgeoisie raised from glitzy and ephemeral temples dedicated to operetta, music hall, skating, the pleasures of the palate...and participated in general to beautify the capital cities. Important moments in life and work of this polymorphic artist will be discussed across five themes: Chambon craftsman in Paris and Brussels, the magic of theater, the Metropole Hotel or a mirror of society, Ostend Royal City, beautifying Brussels from the "Mont des Arts" to the "Caisse d'Epargne". The exhibition raises from the dead an artist who was one of the protagonists of European modern art that was meant magic, curious and misleading.


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"Great Masters of European Art Nouveau - Barcelona-Brussels-Budapest" 
On the fence of the Sagrada Familia from 23 January to 28 February 2011


One of the outstanding events in the cultural series planned on the occasion of Hungary’s assuming the presidency of the Council of the European Union will allow Hungary, Belgium and Spain to display the visual wonders of their cities – the vastly appealing Art Nouveau architecture – through the work of Ödön Lechner, Victor Horta and Antoni Gaudí, respectively. The travelling photo exhibition will appear in each of the three cities, at prominent public open-air venues. The photos are printed on 45 tablets, 1.5 x 1.5 m in size and prepared from a special light metal. They can be seen in 2011 between January and June for six weeks apiece at one of three locations: on the fence around the Sagrada Familia Church (Barcelona), the National Museum (Budapest) and the City of Brussels Park.
For each of the three architects, 15 tables will carry photographs of their distinctive buildings (or building features). This is to be accompanied by short biographies, maps of the three cities with the locations of their famous buildings, and a short introductory text by the exhibit’s Hungarian curator, Katalin Keserü.


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Victor Horta's 150th birth anniversary celebrations


On January 6, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Victor Horta. This year will be an opportunity for the Brussels-Capital Region to honour a unique heritage: the facade of the Hôtel Aubecq reconstituted. A free exhibition tracing the history of this masterpiece of architectural heritage of Brussels and bringing together some of his furniture, will be hosted by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts from July 1 to October 9, 2011 (cf. article under "Exhibition"). The work of Victor Horta in Brussels marked a major imprint, which is why, as part of this anniversary, several cultural events will be undertaken throughout the year in Brussels around the personality of Victor Horta and his work. By the end of January, all information on the 150th anniversary of Horta will be available on www.horta2011.be .


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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),
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