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Exhibition Ferdinand Hodler at the Leopold Museum in Vienna – from 13 October 2017 to 22 January 2018

Elective Affinities from Klimt to Schiele

This presentation at the Leopold Museum will be the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of works by Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) in Austria since the artist’s resounding success at the 1904 Secession exhibition.

An exponent of Symbolism and Jugendstil, a pioneer of Expressionism, and not least an innovator of monumental painting, Hodler was an important inspiration to numerous artists of Viennese Modernism, such as Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser, as well as Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele.

The presentation focuses on the three main themes of Hodler’s art: landscapes from plein air painting to abstraction, portraits with an emphasis on female depictions, self-portraits, the haunting series of works accompanying the death of his lover Valentine Godé-Darel, as well as his eminent Symbolist figural compositions.

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Picture: Ferdinand Hodler, Selbstbildnis, 1912 © Kunstmuseum Basel, Vermächtnis Max Geldner, Basel

Exhibition Panorama at the ADAM in Brussels – from 23 June 2017 to 7 January 2018

Panorama – a history of modern design in Belgium

The exhibition brings an overview of a hundred years of modern design in Belgium. Starting with the world-famous Art nouveau style at the turn of the nineteenth century, it then covers the social aspirations of the interwar avant-garde movement, the pedagogical experiments at the La Cambre school, the post-war design craze, the promotion of modernist Belgian design by the Brussels Design Centre and the impact of the environmental crisis in the 1970s. Through objects, graphic material, pictures and original film fragments, the exhibition showcases the multiple faces of modern design in Belgium: infused with social ambitions to improve everyday life, as an economic tool to boost the national economy and as a marker of the Belgian nation on large international exhibitions.

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Picture: Poster of the exhibition "Panorama" © ADAM

Exhibition Henry Van de Velde at the Horta Museum in Brussels – from 12 October 2017 to 7 January 2018


Henry van de Velde (1863–1957) is rightly regarded as a hugely gifed and versatile designer. Van de Velde’s highly personal style did not, however, remain within the confines of fin-de-siècle art. Between the two world wars, he returned to Belgium. Once there, he began to become aware of the position he occupied in the modern movement—whose rightful champion he became both within the La Cambre Institute of Decorative Arts and through countless architectural creations.

The present exhibition not only offers visitors a chance of immersing themselves in what is still, at the start of the 21st century, an inspiring body of work: the delicacy of the compositions and the vigour of the lines remain as powerful a combination as ever. More than this, the work in itself is testament to a bold turn-of-the-century modernism. Finally, quite apart from showcasing works of great quality, the exhibition offers us a chance to track the path followed by this exceptional artist.

The exhibition invites visitors to (re)discover van de Velde’s work from a totally new perspective and to immerse themselves in an area of fin-de-siècle painting in which some of the boldest work was being done.

Press release of the exhibition

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Picture: Portrait of Maria Sèthe © Royal Library of Belgium.

Restoration of the Synagogue in Subotica

The Subotica Synagogue is one of the most precious pearl of the Central European built heritage. While most of the synagogues dating from the second half of the 19th century were built in the style of Historicism, Subotica Synagogue is unique for being conceived in pure Art Nouveau style (in variant of Hungarian Secession). It was designed by Hungarian architects Marcell Komor and Dezső Jakab in 1902, whose differing talents shaped the building into a unique masterpiece. The central part dome was built in an advanced constructive innovation, carried on iron construction supported by eight iron pillars.

Besides its great architectural and artistic values, the Subotica Synagogue also presents a memory of 4,000 Jewish citizens of Subotica, who have died in nazi-camps during the World War II. After a long time of decay and two unsuccessful and unfinished restauration attempts, during 70s and 90s of the XX century, just in past few years began the renovation of this significant Subotica's building. Between 2004 and 2006 the restauration works of the roof and domes were realized, meanwhile all four facades of the construction were successively renovated in last three years.

Finally, in November 2016 the restauration works of the interior began, financed entirely by donations of the Government of the Republic of Hungary. It is projected that the work should be finished by December 31st of this year, when it is supposed that Subotica Synagogue recover its glow, seized more than a half a century ago.

Restauration works of the interior on Subotica Synagogue are performed by consortium, leaded by YUMOL Company from Subotica, and it is supervised by Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia, from Belgrade.

1) The Subotica Synagogue after restoration of all facades, September 2016 © Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia
2) The Subotica Synagogue before the beginning of restauration of interior, September 2016 © Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia 3) The Subotica Synagogue before the beginning of restauration of interior, September 2016 © Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia 4) The Subotica Synagogue, building scaffolding in interior, January 2017 © Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia
5) The Subotica Synagogue, rebuilding of the flor, December 2016 © Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia
6) The Subotica Synagogue, restauration works on the fence, January 2017 © Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia

Picture: Subotica Synagogue after restoration of all facades, September 2016 © Serbian Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments

Restoration of the Darvas-La Roche House in Oradea - 2017

The house is a masterpiece of the Secession style, conceived during the years 1909-1912 by the brothers László and József Vágó in their hometown of Oradea.

The funding was granted with a main goal which is to enhance the cultural heritage of the Secession style in Oradea. The objectives of the project are the conservation and restoration of the house; its transformation into a museum; Access to digitization; Implementation of a sustained promotion campaign to increase the number of visitors to 66, 70% ; Facilitating and increasing visits of people with disabilities; Reach an approximate number of 5000 visitors per year; Establish a cultural center that can promote active social life by encouraging cultural, tourist and youth exchanges.

The works for the rehabilitation of the external and internal spaces include the repair of the parging, the rehabilitation of the framework, the painting of the facades, the restoration of the Zsolnay ceramic buttons (with the eosin glaze), the restoration of missing stained glass windows, but also the small fountain that sat in the middle of the winter garden in accordance with the original architectural project.

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Picture: Detail of the Villa Darvas-La Roche © Szamody Zsolt

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


With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union