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Conference and workshop Restoring Art Nouveau at the IMM in Budapest – from 6 to 7 November 2017


As part of the project Sustainable protection and promotion of the Art Nouveau heritage in the Danube region, the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts is pleased to invite the public to the conference and workshop Restoring Art Nouveau.

In the conference section, experts from many fields will present examples of successful Art Nouveau building restorations and the protection of Art Nouveau heritage at various points in the Danube region, while the workshops deal with technical questions of restoration. Peter Trowles, Mackintosh Curator at the Glasgow School of Art, member of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, will give a keynote lecture on behalf of the RANN on the “restoration and redecoration of the Glasgow School of Art”.

Free of charge participation, registration required

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Picture: Ödon Lechner, Detail of the entrance of the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest © IMM

Opening of the Otto Wagner Pavilion Karlsplatz in Vienna – from 1st April to 5 November 2017


On Saturday, April 1, the Otto Wagner Pavilion Karlsplatz opens its doors for visitors after the winter break. Built in 1898 in the period of construction of the city railway, the building is a model of Viennese Art nouveau.
The pavilion hosts a presentation on the life and work of the architect as well as a shop.

The Otto Wagner Pavilion on Karlsplatz

The Art Nouveau pavilion was erected in 1898 in the course of Stadtbahn construction. Otto Wagner planned two portal buildings of identical design. Today, the Wien Museum uses the west pavilion, where the trains once left for Hütteldorf.
Wagner's design was revolutionary. The many decorative details make the station into a prime example of Viennese art nouveau. Metal and wood were painted apple-green, the signal colour of the Stadtbahn. Gold, and finest white marble were added on the exterior.
The planning for the underground rail junction of Karlsplatz in the late sixties threatened the pavilion with demolition. Protests followed; the station building was dismantled and re-erected in 1977, but elevated 1.5 m above its old level on the square. Now at last the west pavilion is paying Otto Wagner the homage due to him - with the new Otto Wagner Documentation exhibition.

The permanent exhibition dedicated to Otto Wagner

Breathing fresh life into a jewel of art nouveau: a permanent exhibition documenting Otto Wagner is being presented in the Stadtbahn Pavilion on Karlsplatz.
He was a trailblazer of modernism and one of Vienna's most influential architects: Otto Wagner. Yet there has never been a permanent exhibition documenting the life and work of this versatile architect. This gap is now filled by the Otto Wagner Pavilion, part of the Wien Museum and one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Vienna.
This trade mark of Art Nouveau on Karlsplatz has been redesigned inside by the BWM architects' office and, from 26 August, will provide the authentic background for a close-packed Otto Wagner presentation. It documents the genesis of Wagner's most famous designs, including the Church in Steinhof, the K.K. Postsparkassenamt (Post Office Savings Bank), as well as the revolutionary Stadtbahn project (light urban railway) and the modern residential buildings. It will also reveal another perspective: Otto Wagner as a radical theorist and polemicist against traditionalism and the cliché of the "idyll". Besides numerous documents, the show includes two models and is not only a fascinating homage to the architect - it also invites the visitor to set off through the city of Vienna and explore his trail. The curators of the Otto Wagner Documentation are Renata Kassal-Mikula and Isabelle Exinger; Erwin Bauer is the graphic designer.

Otto Wagner - Architect & Visionary

Otto Wagner (1841-1918), architect, "artist of building", urban planning theorist and academy professor, was one of the great pioneers of the Viennese modern movement. He left the "Gründerzeit" (the period of industrial and cultural expansion in the late nineteenth century) and its mask-like historicism behind him to propagate a new form of architecture, more in keeping with the life and times of modern people. Wagner's designs combined technical and constructional functionality with high aesthetic criteria.
Despite his many adversaries and disappointments, Otto Wagner was one of Vienna's most successful architects. His Post Office Savings Bank and the Church in Steinhof are key buildings of European architecture around 1900. As the general planner of the Vienna Stadtbahn (the light urban railway), he designed a Gesamtkunstwerk of constructional technology, a synthesis of the arts that added new accents to the cityscape.
Wagner was also an incisive and polemic author. Although advanced in age, in his study "The Expanding City" he continued to develop radical ideas for a future mega-city, regulated and laid out according to practical requirements.

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Picture: Otto Wagner Pavilion Karlsplatz © Wien Museum, photograph: Hertha Hurnaus

6th Mackintosh Festival in Glasgow – from 1st to 31 October 2017


The Mackintosh Festival invites you to celebrate the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh through a series of exhibitions, events & tours in Mackintosh and partner venues.

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Picture: Poster of the Mackintosh Festival © Glasgow Mackintosh

Restoration of the Villa Majorelle in Nancy: special guided tours – from 15 to 17 September 2017


Listed historical monument in 1996, the Villa Majorelle experiences in 1999 a partial restoration of the outside that enables today to better understand the richness polychromatic of materials used by the architect. After a first campaign of works in 2013, important works were launched in autumn 2016.

The villa had thus found its familiar shape.

This campaign will be followed in a second phase by a more complete restoration of the interior of the building – restoration and installation of the furniture in its original setting, to make of this Art Nouveau place a unique house, witness of the big relationship that united without distinction all arts.

Commented visit of the exteriors and restoration works organised from 15 to 17 September 2017 in French.

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Picture: Henri Sauvage, Roof of the Villa Majorelle © MEN/Atelier Grégoire André

Conference Art Nouveau mosaics at El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria in Barcelona – from 15 to 20 October 2017


WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU HEAR MOSAIC? Conserving mosaics from ancient to modern

13th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM)

The aim is to highlight Art Nouveau mosaics, with the incorporation of the trencadís technique, as well as other less known techniques. The idea is also to debate about the introduction of materials produced in the 20th century – natural cements and Portland cement – the production of hydraulic mosaics, Nolla mosaics and more. All of this, of course, with an eye to their appreciation, conservation and dissemination.

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Picture: Santa Creu I Sant Pau Hospital, Barcelona ©ICCM

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Responsible publisher: Bety Waknine, General Director,
Bruxelles Urbanisme & Patrimoine,
CCN - Rue du Progrès 80, B. 1, 1035 Brussels - Belgium

 

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union