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New permanent collection at the MMCAT in Barcelona

On the event of its third anniversary, the Museu del Modernisme Català is inaugurating its new permanent collection on 14 March. In its resolve to continue promoting and disseminating Catalan Modernisme, the museum has added almost thirty new works by the most significant artists in our cultural legacy.

Among the recent additions, highlights include two drawings in charcoal and pastel by Ramon Casas, one of which is a portrait of his model, lover and wife Júlia Peraire, in which the fashion tastes of the early twentieth century predominate. Also exhibited is the escritoire from the long-gone Casa Trinxet, a building designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch (located at Còrsega, 268, on Balmes corner, next to the railway line linking Barcelona and Sarrià). Its Solomonic-styled legs are striking, matching as they do the same style of columns in the house’s entrance hall and sitting room.

One of Gaspar Homar’s remarkable pieces is the spectacular, large umbrella stand with magnificently worked marquetry that decorates most of this piece of entrance hall furniture. Another skilled cabinetmaker and decorator, Joan Busquets, is the creator of a settle bench of exquisite refinement, which furnished the study of the famous photographer Pau Audouard, occupying the ground floor of Casa Lleó Morera in Passeig de Gràcia (today the Loewe store).

Another notable piece of artwork is the poster for the 3a Exposició internacional de Belles Arts de 1896 (3rd International Fine Arts Exhibition, 1896) by Alexandre de Riquer. It is of large dimensions and considered to be the first Modernista poster. Closing this selection of works is the delicate set of silver cups from the workshop of the Masriera brothers, the result of exact and meticulous silversmithing.

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Photo: Gaspar Homar I Mezquida(Bunyola [Mallorca] 1870 – Barcelona, 1955), Circa 1901, Caoba y aplicaciones de Boj, source:

Video The Sagrada Família, as you’ve never seen it from Barcelona

A spectacular video of the Sagrada Família has just been published on the Internet, showing previously unseen images of this basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí. The video was recorded with the aid of a new model of drone or microcopter – a tiny, unmanned helicopter with eight rotor blades – to which a camera was fitted to film the church from unprecedented viewpoints. Using a system of three axes to control movement, the camera can also record images using the time-lapse technique, showing in mere seconds how light in the temple changes throughout the day.

The images in this video were taken in April 2012 by Albert Castaño and Luis Caldevilla.

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Presentation in Catalan and Spanish

Photo: Picture of the Video, source:

Participation of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in the seminar Unlocking Art Nouveau heritage in European context in Brussels - 26 February 2013

Organised by the Royal Museums of Art and History

In the framework of the European project Partage Plus, aimed at the dissemination and valorisation of Art nouveau heritage, the RMAH organize a colloquium on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in the afternoon. This is preceded by a session in the morning organized by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage.

In this project 25 European institutions come together to make digital content for 75,000 Art Nouveau artifacts accessible and make them available online in a European framework. The project explores new avenues in the field of digitization such as 3D and is working on an integrated vocabulary. The first results will be showcased during this meeting. Apart from these digital results, there is room for tangible Art Nouveau heritage in the form of a guided visit to the Wolfers Shop in the museum.

Programme of the seminar
More information and presentation in Dutch  


Photo: Partage Plus logo

Let’s Celebrate: 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society in Glasgow

During the year, you are invited to join in and enjoy the exciting programme of exhibitions, events and activities planned to highlight the significance of our very special architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
This is the year to plan a trip to Glasgow to see Mackintosh’s iconic architecture again or participate in events at the stunning, refurbished Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross. It’s certainly a great year to share the enjoyment of the Mackintosh legacy - encourage friends and family to support the Society by becoming members for the next 40 years!

Keep a look out for 40th Anniversary news and event details on the CRM Society website.

Photo: Mackintosh church, source:

A new publication about Emile Gallé’s work recommended by Nancy

In 2006 disappeared the director of the Hetjens Museum of Düsseldorf, Bernd Hakenjos, internationally reputed Art historian specialist of the ceramics. His friends Sigrid Barten (Curator of the Bellerive Museum of Zürich) and Hans Harder decided then to pay tribute by publishing its Ph. D., defended in 1973 and dedicated to Emile Gallé’s work.
This scrupulous and original work is published today in two volumes richly illustrated in German at Hirmer Publisher (Germany), thanks to the support of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation of Cologne.
Taking an inventory of ceramics, glassworks and furniture pieces, Bernd Hakenjos undertook the first large-bodied monographic study about the artist of Nancy. His knowledge and the quality of his researches justify the interest of the publication, fourty years afterwards, of a reference work. A French version should follow…

Source: Blog of the Musée de l’école de Nancy
Bernd Hakenjos, Emile Gallé, Keramik, Glas und Möbel des Art Nouveau. Hirmer Verlag, Munich, 2012. 2 vol., 98 €. ISBN 978-3-7774-5611-9

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Photo: Cover of the book "Emile Gallé, Keramik, Glas und Möbel des Art Nouveau", Bernd Hakenjos, 2012

Release of the 20th issue of the coupDefouet magazine from Barcelona

CoupDefouet is published by the Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council, which has the common commitment to find useful and efficient mechanisms for the protection and promotion of Europe's Art Nouveau heritage.

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Photo: Cover of the coupDefouet n°20

Symposium Documentation, conservation and restoration of Art nouveau heritage in Brussels - 26 February 2013

Symposium organized by IRPA-KIK 

In the framework of the European project Partage Plus, aimed towards the distribution and valorization of the Art nouveau heritage, IRPA-KIK organizes a conference on the morning of Tuesday 26 February 2013. This is followed in the afternoon by a complementary part organized by the Royal Museums of Art and History.

This very extensive theme comprises numerous facets of Art nouveau, from documentary aspects to conservation and restoration. Communications will be presented by personnel of IRPA-KIK and by speakers from other institutions with the aim to cover the broad palette of researches, studies and restorations carried out in this domain in Belgium.

Presentation in Dutch
Programme in French
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Photo: © KIK-IRPA, Bruxelles (Belgique), cliché X051846

The Réseau Art Nouveau Network welcomes Subotica as a new member!

Following the General Assembly which took place in Aveiro on 25 January 2013, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network is delighted to announce the membership of Subotica (Serbia).

More information about Art Nouveau in Subotica 

Photo: Rajhlova palata, Raichl J. Ferenc, 1904. Photographer: Željko Vukelic

Historical Lab 4 "Raw materials and Art Nouveau" in Aveiro - 26 January 2013

In the framework of the project Art Nouveau & Ecology supported by the programme Culture 2007-2013 of the European Commission, The Réseau Art Nouveau Network, as a network of cities aiming to preserve, study and promote Art Nouveau at a European scale, organises a one-day symposium on January 26th 2013 on Raw materials and Art Nouveau.

Programme (Portuguese, English and French)


Photo: Aveiro, Interior.

Tribute to Hendy van de Velde in Brussels

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Henry van de Velde’s birth, many events and activities will be organized this year in the Belgian capital. To be continued in our next newsletters! 

Photo: Henry van de Velde · vers 1910 · Photo : Louis Held · © Klassik Stiftung Weimar

The Réseau Art Nouveau Network thanks you for your opinion

The answers of the questionnaire filled in by many Art Nouveau lovers will be read carefully. Thank you for your participation! 

Photo: Logo du Réseau Art Nouveau Network

Exhibition The Cradle of Art Nouveau: Victor Horta and Brussels at the District Architecture Center in Washington – from 19 October 2012 to 28 February 2013

The Cradle of Art Nouveau: Victor Brussels is a panel exhibition that explores the grandeur and beauty of many of Horta's residential works, including the Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel van Eetvelde, and his own home, now the Horta Museum. The exhibit is complemented by a film on Art Nouveau.
The exhibition was organized by the Monuments and Sites Department of the Brussels-Capital Region in cooperation with the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and VISITBRUSSELS, the Belgian capital's tourism agency.

Flyer in English, in French and in Dutch

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Photo: Poster of the exhibition "The cradle of Art Nouveau: Victor Horta and Brussels", source:

 The new leaflet of the network is available online!

In the framework of the project Art Nouveau & Ecology, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network created a new leaflet to introduce the 15 partners and the actions of the project as well as the 21 members of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network association.  
Seven versions and 9 languages are already available online:

English-French-German            English-Finnish-German
English-French-Dutch               English-Latvian-German
English-French-Italian              English-French-Catalan



Celebration « La Pedrera, 100 years » at La Pedrera in Barcelona

It is almost a hundred years of the signature of the document certifying the completion of La Pedrera works (on 31 October 1912) and the Fundació CatalunyaCaixa wants to celebrate with all the residents of the city and visitors.

To commemorate the centenary, a programme of activities has been put together that is a blend of the essentially festive occasions typical of any celebration together with various cultural and artistic events related to the singular nature of a monumental building such as La Pedrera, designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí.

Culture and celebration

Full details of the programmed events will be released shortly, but the activities will include:
An exhibition commemorating the centenary
Shows and concerts
Family activities: festivities and workshops
Activities related to conservation and awareness-raising: restorations, talks and seminars on heritage

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Photo: 100 years La Pedrera,interior

Presentation of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in the framework of the Belgian Week at the Wallonia’s window in Havana – from 12 to 15 November 2012

Member of the Network, Havana collaborates to the main objective of this organization, studying, protecting and promoting the worldwide Art Nouveau heritage, which is reflected in Cuba through the Catalan influence and the Belgian and Parisian Fine-Arts Schools.
For this occasion, the activities of the Network in the framework of the “Art Nouveau & Ecologie” project (2010-2015, with the support of the European Commission) are presented, notably the itinerary exhibition “Natures of Art Nouveau”, which will start in October 2013 and travel in all the partner cities of the project until 2015.
Place: Wallonia’s window, Plaza Vieja, Old Havana
Presentation: Architects Orlando Inclán and Claudia Castillo

Photo: La Havanna, (c) Réseau Art Nouveau Network

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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