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Exhibition Shunga at the MAK in Vienna – from 12 October 2016 to 5 March 2017


Erotic art from Japan

“Shun-ga”, spring pictures, have long been widespread in East Asia. They testify to a different attitude to sexuality and eroticism from our conditioning to such elements in Europe and are classified among the “ukiyo-e” pictures, pictures of the “floating world.” Almost all great ukiyo-e artists produced erotic pictures. Although forbidden by the government, they were sold unsigned under the counter and estimated to form up to fifty percent of ukiyo-e production.

It is only recently that art and social history has endeavored to gain an overall view of the theme of the Japanese mass medium ukiyo-e. Western visitors to Japan of the late nineteenth century were surprised at the seemingly relaxed attitude to nakedness and sexuality. And the color woodblock prints in fact still convey this impression as well.

The erotic color woodblock prints shown in the MAK exhibition are loans from the Leopold Private Collection, supplemented by prints from the MAK collection and a further Viennese private collection.

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Picture: Isoda Koryusai, Lovers in the Corridor, ca. 1772-1774 © MAK

Guided tours and workshops for families Daddy, Mummy, Horta and me ! at the Horta Museum in Brussels – from 27 Febrary au 3 March 2017


During the 2017 February holidays, the Horta Museum will open its doors on Mornings to the children and parents for an adapted visit to each age.

The playful visit will enable to discover an a pro-active way the extraordinary house and Victor Horta’s wonderful universe.

After the visit, a creative workshop will be offered, so that everyone can create a work inspired from Nature, in relation with Art Nouveau – different workshop each week (folded paper stained-glass, mosaic, mural painting, small Art Nouveau house in paper).

Practical information:

Compulsory registration by phone : 0032 (0)2 543 04 90
Or by e-mail : info@hortamuseum.be

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Flyer of the event in French


Picture: Flyer of the visit © Horta Museum

Exhibition Art Nouveau // XXS in Bxl at the former Spillmann apartment in La Chaux-de-Fonds - from 28 April 2016


Serge Brison has documented the Art Nouveau heritage of nine of the cities involved in the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, with help from the partners. The aim of the project was to produce an 'Undiscovered Portrait of Art Nouveau', illustrating the Network's commitment to exploring less well-known facets of the movement. The images have also portrayed the current state of Art Nouveau heritage. Brison's photographic study of European Art Nouveau has produced a series of images that reflect a unique vision of the subject.

The exhibition Art Nouveau // XXS in Bxl, presented in the old apartment Spillmann, recently opened to the public at La Chaux-de-Fonds, includes a selection of 30 black and white photographs made in Brussels.

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Picture: Gustave Strauven, Maison de Saint-Cyr, 1900-1903 © RANN. Photographer: Serge Brison

Call for papers Art Nouveau mosaics at El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria in Barcelona – until 15 February 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) from 15 to 20 October 2017

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.

In addition, papers are invited to address the following sub-themes: Methods of survey and documentation; Conservation and management of mosaics; Presentation and display; Education and training; Best practice case studies. The deadline for submission of the abstracts is February 15th, 2017.

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Picture: Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Palau de la Música Catalana, 1905-1908 © ICCM

Exhibition Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro. Settings and faces of Japan that seduced the West at the Palazzo Reale – from 22 September 2016 to 29 January 2017


From September 22nd 2016, Palazzo Reale presents a major retrospective with a selection of over 200 woodblock prints and illustrated books - loaned from the prestigious Honolulu Academy of Arts collection - from three great ukiyo-e masters, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro. They come to Milan to narrate the Floating World, the hedonistic lifestyle disparate to the ethics of samurai and dedicated to the enjoyment of every single moment and to pleasure in all its forms. Many schools and artists are specialized in these topics but Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) are the three masters who are still upheld as the undisputed points of reference.

Exhibition produced by the Milan Municipal Dept. of Culture, Palazzo Reale, MondoMostre Skira.

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Picture: Utagawa Hiroshige, May Belfort, 1895 © Xilografia Honolulu Academy of Arts

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