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Exhibition The Norwegian Japonism at the Jugendsilsenteret in Ålesund – from 26 September 2014 to 7 April 2015


The movement that is now spreading from Japan across Europe”

This quote from the Norwegian artist Gerhard Munthe (1849–1929) refers to one of the main trends in European art from the mid-19th century through the early decades of the 20th century.

In 1853, Japan opened its borders to the outside world after 200 years of isolation. This lead to a cult of all things Japanese among European artists – a movement labelled as Japonism from the 1860s–70s onward. This Japanese-inspired art did not constitute a style as such, but greatly influenced a number of styles in European art. In the 1880s and 1890s, Japonism became a major ingredient of the Art Nouveau style. In Norway, Art Nouveau peaked in popularity in the years between 1890 and 1910.

This exhibition looks at the connections between the Art Nouveau style, the nation-building project in Norway, and the Japonism movement as expressed in Norwegian Art Nouveau. Starting with Gerhard Munthe, considered the leading proponent of Japonism in Norway, the exhibition highlights connections between Japonism and the distinct national character of Norwegian Art Nouveau in terms of technique, range of motifs, format, and choice of materials.

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Photo: Color woodcut on paper by Fujimaru Kitagawa, Japan. Probably the first half of the 1800th century © Jugendstilsenteret, Aalesund

Exhibition Hans Christiansen - The retrospective in Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt – from 12 October to 1 February 2015


Retrospective on the complete works of the artist colony member of the first hour: With Hans Christiansen (1866-1945) is an as versatile as exemplary Jugendstil artists to rediscover, who found his vocation in Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt.

Hans Christiansen is one of the most important representatives of Jugendstil, especially with his drafts in the field of arts and crafts. In Paris where matured into an artist, he was appointed in 1899 by Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig in Darmstadt, where he was among the first seven members of the artists' colony. On the Mathildenhöhe he blossomed and excelled as a genuine work of art enthusiasts in painting, architecture and applied art as well as a designer of lights festivals. For the first time the full range of this versatile artist is presented: The retrospective presents his house on the Mathildenhöhe, room facilities, glass pane, jewellery, posters, paintings, drawings, textile art and ceramics in different spatial ensembles - including previously unknown like his fashion and poster designs from the 1920s.

The major retrospective, the first ever to Hans Christiansen, will be seen in four German institutions. The kick-off will make Mathildenhöhe as the first step, and then will follow the Bröhan Museum in Berlin, the Villa Stuck Museum in Munich and the Museumsberg in Flensburg, where the exhibition tour will end just before the 150th anniversary of the artist in his hometown.

Curators:
Dr. Philipp Gutbrod, curator and conservator of the collection, Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt Institute
Dr. Michael Fuhr, Director, Museumsberg in Flensburg
Dr. Dorothee Bieske, curator and conservator of the collection, Museumsberg in Flensburg

An exhibition of the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt Institute and of the Museumsberg in Flensburg in collaboration with the Villa Stuck Museum in Munich and the Bröhan Museum in Berlin.

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Photo: Hans Christiansen (1866-1945) © Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

Exhibition Kokoschka & Gauguin decrypted at the Fin-de-Siècle Museum in Brussels – from 22 July 2014 to 25 January 2015


See the invisible

Two major paintings – the Portrait of Suzanne Bambridge by Gauguin and Kokoschka’s Trance Player – are at the centre of the experience. Through an innovative technology – the digital analysis of “multispectral” images – you will learn more about these paintings and, in a broader way, understand the advantages of this method for the conservation of artworks.

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Photo: Oskar Kokoschka, Der Trancespieler. Oil on canvas, ca. 1909. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, inv. 6152 © RMFAB, Brussels, photo: J. Geleyns / Ro Scan

Exhibition "Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec" at the Kunstforum Wien in Vienna – until 25 January 2015


The Path to Modernism

In October 2014 the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien is showing the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ever held in Austria. The 150th anniversary of this spectacular artist’s birth is a fitting occasion for holding this exhibition, in which loans from international collections present Lautrec’s multifaceted oeuvre and his extraordinary observational skills in different genres – paintings, works on paper, lithographs and posters.

Besides the illustrious “loud” posters for the pleasure palaces of Montmartre, the foundation of Lautrec’s international fame, we can also discover the lesser known Toulouse Lautrec: paintings in muted colors facilitating an intimate form of portraying human psychology, drawings with pen and pencil, ideal for a pithy characterization of the subject. The linking and juxtaposition of different modes of expression, themes and concepts are a reflection of the artist’s complex figure on the brink between two centuries. A unique show, which illuminates new aspects of one of the great protagonists at the dawning of Modernism.

Curator: Evelyn Benesch

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Photo: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, The woman with the black boa, 1892 © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay)/ Hervé Lewandowski

Publication Gallé at the Ecole de Nancy Museum in Nancy


The Ecole de Nancy Museum has an exceptional collection of works of Émile Gallé, in number and in quality.

This new album, published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the museum, gathers a selection of key works of the artist, as well as less-known works or aimed at a personal use or more confidential (items in leather, textiles, etc.). The photographic and documentary collection – sometimes unpublished – enables to evoke Gallé’s family and intellectual framework, as well as his professional entourage (art factory, colleagues, working methods, etc.).

Conceived under the direction of Valérie Thomas, director of the museum and representative member of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, in collaboration with the conservation team, and published by Snoeck editions, this book invites to better understand the abundant work and the complex personality of the Ecole de Nancy’s leader, and reveals numerous unknown works and documents. It also demonstrates the generosity of the artist’s descendents towards the collections of the museum since the 1950’s until today.

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Photo: Valérie Thomas (dir.), "Gallé au Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy", 2014 © MEN, Editions Snoek

Publication Glasgow Interiors in Glasgow


Glasgow has a spectacular array of buildings and is internationally renowned for its history of architectural innovation and design excellence. This book, written by one of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network’s members, Helen Kendrick, offers a glimpse into a selection of Glasgow’s most impressive historic interiors. Featuring 33 of the city’s most alluring buildings – both public and private – Glasgow Interiors tells the story of the city’s built heritage over the past 150 years.

From a dramatic Victorian swimming bath and a glittering art deco restaurant to intricately detailed Art Nouveau warehouses and imposing Edwardian townhouses in the city’s West End, this book demonstrates the extraordinary wealth of interiors that lie behind the façades of Glasgow’s buildings.

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Photo: Helen Kendrick, Neale Smith (photographer), "Glasgow Interiors", 2014

Cycle The Great War: end of a (Belle) Epoque at the Cinematek in Brussels – from 11 January to 22 February 2015


The First War ends an historical time that the French bourgeoisie called “Belle Epoque” and destabilizes the European culture. Films selected in this programme evoke the end of this legendary period of carefreeness and of faith in progress.

In collaboration with visit.brussels.

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Photo: Fourastié, La bande à Bonnot, 1968 © Cinematek, Brussels

Call for papers II coupDefouet International Congress in Barcelona – from 25 to 28 June 2015


Breaking the Art Nouveau Glass Ceiling

The Art Nouveau European Route brings together local governments and other institutions in the common quest for the protection, promotion and diffusion of Art Nouveau heritage.

To fully explore and bring to light the value of Art Nouveau heritage, therefore, a Congress organised by the Art Nouveau European Route cannot limit its scope to the analyses and interpretation of the tangible heritage; it must go deeper into the reality of the communities that created it.

In this second edition of the coupDefouet International Congress, we propose to shed new light on an aspect that has been studied very little, if at all: the important contribution of women artists to the development of Art Nouveau. In a nutshell: women as artists, women as creators, women as promoters and protagonists of Art Nouveau. Coupled with this ambition, we also wish to revisit the widely studied and interpreted representation of the female aesthetic and ideal in Art Nouveau, with new contributions on the matter.

A further strand will focus on little-known Art Nouveau cities, in which we expect to discover creative centres of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that have not until now been widely publicised. A similar section on research in progress to the first congress, one in which we welcome presentations from both seasoned and young researchers, will complete the thematic strands of the programme.

The final deadline for submissions is 1 December 2014

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Photo: Logo of the II coupDefouet International Congress

New permanent exhibition Palau Güell: A look at furniture at the Palau Güell in Barcelona


Palau Güell, a look at furniture is a permanent exhibition located in the bedroom floor that is integrated into the tour of the palace. In the rooms of the children Güell, hitherto closed to the public, you can see the original furniture that decorated the palace when the Güell family lived, as well as some modernist furniture owned by the Province of Barcelona (Diputació de Barcelona).

The sample is divided in two areas: "The decoration of Güell" and "The decorators of Modernism," which relate to the two stages of the building: the first, when it was owned by Eusebi Güell and his family, and, second, when it passed into the hands of Barcelona Provincial Council from 1945 and became a center of vindication of Gaudi and Catalan Modernism, while it was collecting furniture of cabinet makers, leading decorators of that time.

Exceptionally the Güell i de Sentmenat family temporarily handed two iconic pieces exhibited, designed by Antonio Gaudi at Palau Güell: the chaise longue Isabel Lopez and one of the original chairs called Cat and Mice. Furthermore, the family has also yielded a terracotta modernist bust, as a tribute to what would be the header architect of the family between 1880 and 1918, made by Carmen M. Malet and Travy.

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Photo: Poster of the exhibition. Source: palauguell.cat

Call for public subscription chandelier decorated with seaweed of L. Majorelle for the Ecole de Nancy Museum – from 20 September 2014 to 4 January 2015


A chandelier decorated with seaweed of L. Majorelle, a new work for the Ecole de Nancy Museum
A subscription by the Association of Friends of the Ecole de Nancy Museum (AAMEN)

To mark the 50th anniversary of the museum in 2014, the Association of Friends of the Ecole de Nancy Museum (AAMEN) launched a public subscription for the purchase and restoration of the chandelier decorated with seaweed, ordered to Louis Majorelle in 1904. The Association wishes to acquire in favour of the collections of the Ecole de Nancy Museum, which does not possess this model.

Dismantled after World War II, the chandelier requires an intervention before it can be presented in the permanent collections. It will be thus entrust after the acquisition, to restorers of metal and fire Art. They will carry out cleaning, dusting, realize the missing parts, will review the assembly of the various components as well as electrical installation. This intervention should enable to present it again, functions to the exhibition rooms.

For the acquisition and restoration of this lamp, an amount of € 30,000 would be required for the Friends of the Ecole de Nancy Museum (AAMEN) to complete this operation. To finance this amount, the association appeals to the generosity of everyone, individuals and businesses, in order to buy and restore this work in the framework of the law on patronage. This support to a work of general interest, or patronage, entitles the donors to certain tax advantages. Thus, companies benefit from a tax reduction of 60% of the donation amount, and individuals from a 66% reduction.

Press release

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Photo: Louis Majorelle, Chandelier decorated with seaweed, 1904, Ecole de Nancy Museum

Exhibition and Website Mackintosh Architecture at The Hunterian in Glasgow – from 18 July 2014 to 4 January 2015


A fresh look at a familiar icon
Mackintosh Architecture at The Hunterian

The landmark research project into Mackintosh’s architecture, which began in 2010, has been led by the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian. It presents the first comprehensive evaluation of Mackintosh’s architectural career, available on a free access website, www.mackintosh-architecture.gla.ac.uk from 18 July. The richly illustrated site includes a catalogue of Mackintosh’s architectural projects and architectural drawings, over 3000 images, 350 biographies, timeline, interactive map, glossary and bibliography.

The site will be launched with the first major exhibition to be devoted to Mackintosh’s architectural work. Mackintosh Architecture will present over 80 architectural drawings from The Hunterian and collections across the UK, many never exhibited before, alongside specially commissioned film, models and rarely seen archival material.

Based on the work of the research project, the exhibition challenges the familiar view of Mackintosh as the isolated genius by presenting the wider context of his architectural practice, introducing the contractors, suppliers and clients who supported the delivery of the buildings, and outlining the building process, from initial planning permission to final inspection.

The exhibition is supported by three special displays which showcase Mackintosh’s skills as a draughtsman and designer, largely drawn from The Hunterian’s unrivalled Mackintosh Collection: Mackintosh Travel Sketches; William Davidson: Art Collector; and C.R. Mackintosh: ‘Begonias’

Press release of the project

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Photo: Gravestone for James Reid, Kilmacolm, 1898 © Mackintosh Architecture, University of Glasgow, 2014

Little and big history of the Ecole de Nancy Museum in Nancy – from 20 September 2014 to 4 January 2015


On the occasion of the 50 years of the installation of the Ecole de Nancy Museum in the Corbin family’s property, this file-exhibition will evoke the main steps of its history: the creation the museum of decorative arts in 1900, the Corbin donation in 1935, the move of the Museum in the Corbin property in the 60’s, the Ecole de Nancy year in 1999.
Documents and pictures will show the constitution of collections of this unique museum in France.

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Photo: Corbin donation exhibited at the Poirel Galeries in 1935 © Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy

Travelling exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 1 in Barcelona – from 9 October to 28 December 2015


Organised by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in the framework of the European project "Art Nouveau & Ecology" (2010-2015) supported by the Culture 2007-2013 programme of the European Commission, the exhibition comprises two identical concurrent exhibitions and has begun its journey to all partner cities in October 2013.

After Riga, the exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 1 is presented in Barcelona at the Museu del Disseny, fourth step of its European journey, from the 9 October until 28 December 2014.

This exhibition is free and bilingual Catalan-English.

Poster of the event

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Website of our partners in Barcelona, Institut del Paisatge Urbà Ajuntament de Barcelona


Photo: Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi I Cornet, Casa Milà 1906-1910 (c)RANN, photograph: Serge Brison

Exhibition Glasgow Style: Arts & Crafts from 1890-1930 at Blackwell in Cumbria – until 31 December 2014


The end of the nineteenth century saw Glasgow’s artists emerge as accomplished and talented crafts people. Born at the highly influential Glasgow School of Art and blending together the imagery of the Celtic Revival with influences from Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement, the term ‘the Glasgow Style’ was coined and came to represent this distinctive style developed in the west of Scotland.

This exhibition explores the unique skills of some of the leading makers associated with this period including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Talwin Morris, Jessie Marion King, Ernest Archibald Taylor and Margaret and Frances Macdonald, showing the strength and prominence of Glaswegian Arts and Crafts.

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Photo: Detail of brass panel by Talwin Morris, source: Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House

Visits 14th Nocturnes of the Museums in Brussels – from 18 September to 18 December 2014


This year again, the museums of Brussels will open their doors for you during the Nocturnes! Starting the 18th of September, 6 to 8 museums welcome you every Thursday evening. The Nocturnes are the ideal opportunity to (re)discover the cultural riches of Brussels in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere, and all of this offered for a democratic price (free/€1,50/€3)!

Speaking about Art Nouveau, the Maison Autrique (25/09 and 20/11), the Maison Cauchie (25/09) and the Musée du Cinquantenaire (11/12) will be open to the public!

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Photo: Nocturnes of the Museums in Brussels, source: www.brusselsmuseumsnocturnes.be

 

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union