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Mackintosh at the Grand in Glasgow

12-15 July 2012, organized by the CRM Society

This all-inclusive package will take you to a selection of the most important sites at which to view the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries, who together are known as the creators of the Glasgow Style.
Explore the genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries, beginning with a reception and illustrated talk at the hotel on Thursday evening. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be a full day tour by coach, with a qualified Blue Badge guide to the most important Mackintosh properties that are available in and around Glasgow. This includes the Glasgow School of Art, The Mackintosh House (Hunterian Art Gallery), The Mackintosh Church (headquarters of the CRM Society), House for an Art Lover, The Willow Tea Rooms and The Hill House in Helensburgh and not forgetting Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The tour also includes a visit to the world famous Burrell Collection and a City familiarisation tour. 
Also available:  26-29 April, 14-17 June, 12-15 July, 30 Aug-2 Sept, 25-28 Oct.

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Photo: Queen's Cross Interior

Without Klimt, Gustav Klimt and the Künstlerhaus at the Künstlerhaus - from 6 July to 2 September 2012 

The "Gustav Klimt and the Künstlerhaus" exhibition uses documents, letters and photographs from the Künstlerhaus archive to explain many of the artistic and biographical milestones in the work of Gustav Klimt. 

Gustav Klimt was a highly active member of the Künstlerhaus - one of the most influential artists' associations in Central Europe - from 1891-1897. Through his membership of the Künstlerhaus, Klimt came into contact with numerous influential figures and was appointed to various committees for public contracts, such as the one overseeing the interior design and decoration of the City Hall. It was at the Künstlerhaus that Gustav Klimt made the acquain­tance of Nikolaus Dumba, a major patron of the Ringstrasse, for whom he completed a number of commissions. He also participated in numerous annual exhibitions. In 1890 Klimt experienced his first major success when his picture "Inside the Old Court Theater" was awarded the Emporer's extremely generous inaugural prize. In 1897 Klimt left the association with 18 of his contemporaries in protest at the academic dogma being preached by the Künstlerhaus. Exhibitions continued to be dedicated to Klimt after his death - in 1943 a major Gustav Klimt show, which drew in excess of 24,000 visitors, was held at the Secession to mark the 25th anniversary of his death and his 80th birthday. Klimt's art took pride of place at the 1985 exhibition "Dream and Reality", hosted by the Wien Museum at the Künstlerhaus. An interesting and little-known fact is that Klimt's illegitimate son, the film director Gustav Ucicky (1899-1961), was also a member of the Künstlerhaus artists' association.

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Photo: Gustav Klimt © Künstlerhaus Archiv

Exhibition The Emilie Flöge Fabric Sample Collection at the OMV in Vienna 

From 25 May to 2 December 2012 

Dazzling embroideries, delicate laces, fine braids, fabrics with Art Nouveau ornamentation – the majority of the pieces in the extensive collection of textiles assembled by fashion designer – and Gustav Klimt’s muse and partner – Emilie Flöge (1874–1952) come from Southeastern Europe.

The Austrian Folklore Museum was able to acquire 350 of these objects in 1998 from the Flöge estate. These will go on show to the public for the first time from May to October 2012 and will be presented against the backdrop of the discovery and invention of folk art around 1900. Comparative non-textile exhibits will help to present the fabrics in their wider historical context. The urban bourgeoisie took a very strong interest in rural handicrafts at the end of the 19th century. Only as people began to collect examples of this decorative, yet primitive and traditional art, did its artistic and aesthetic merits come to be appreciated, and ultimately influence the stylistic development of Austrian art nouveau.
Klimt's famous portrait of Emilie Flöge - completed in 1902 - is on show at the Wien Museum. In 1904 Flöge and her sister Helene opened the Schwestern Flöge haute couture salon on Vienna's Mariahilfer Strasse. Here they presented designer clothes based on the fashions of the Wiener Werkstätte. The interior of the salon was designed in the art Nouveau style by Josef Hoffmann. Helen and Emilie Flöge were famous for their "rational dresses" for which Klimt also supplied designs. These dresses could be worn without a corset, hung loosely from the shoulders, and had broad sleeves. Up to 80 seamstresses were employed at the Flöge sisters' salon. It was forced to close in 1938 and production was transferred to their home in the third district.  

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Photo: Detail of an embroidered edge, presumed Romanian, 19th century, (c) ÖMV

Exhibition Face to Face with Gustav Klimt, the Klimt-Bridge in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna - until 6 January 2013

Because of its sensational success, the Klimt-Bridge erected in the Main Staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum will remain until January 6, 2013, offering visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy a close-up view of Klimt’s early paintings displayed in situ twelve metres above the floor.

In 1890/91 the twenty-eight-year-old Gustav Klimt executed a number of paintings to decorate the spaces between the columns and above the arcades along the north wall of the KHM’s main staircase. The committee in charge of the newly-built Imperial Museum of Fine Arts (today the Kunsthistorisches Museum) had commissioned a series of forty paintings from a group of young artists called the Company of Artists – Gustav Klimt, his younger brother Ernst, and Franz Matsch – featuring different periods of art from Ancient Egypt to the 18th century. Personifications – either male and female, or female only – symbolize different stylistic periods, regions or centers of art. Pose, costume and selected objects perfectly reflect style and artifacts typical of each period. Gustav Klimt contributed a total of thirteen paintings. All were executed in oil on canvas in the Company of Artists’ communal studio; in 1891, six months before the formal opening of the museum, they were glued to the wall of the main staircase. 

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Photo: Ägypten I, G. Klimt, © Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum

Gustav Klimt: Expectation and Fulfillment. Designs for the Mosaic Frieze at Stoclet Palace at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art  

From 21 March to 15 July 2012

The Austrian Museum of Applied Art / Contemporary Art (MAK) is dedicating a special exhibit to Gustav Klimt's design drawings for the mosaic in the dining hall of Stoclet Palace.

The entire Stoclet Palace in Brussels is considered a work of Art Nouveau and was designed largely by Josef Hoffmann and Gustav Klimt. Klimt's nine design drawings for the mosaic with the familiar themes of "Expectation", "Fulfillment" and the "Tree of Life" were created in 1910/11. After several years of restoration work, they are now on display at the MAK. Gustav Klimt had a rough concept for how the frieze should look in detail when he began his work. Changes to his design drawings in 1:1 scale gradually gave form to the famous work of art we know today. With numerous instructions, he presented the Vienna Workshop and the Vienna Mosaic Workshop with his precise vision of the frieze.

The exhibit "Gustav Klimt: Expectation and Fulfillment. Designs for the Mosaic Frieze at Stoclet Palace" attempts to reproduce Klimt's style of work. Documents authored by Klimt while he was working on the piece or that he wrote about it are placed into context with the final work and what can be seen in the frieze designs. As an accompaniment to the documentation of the newest research results and the restoration, the Stoclet family is profiled as a customer of the Vienna Workshops.

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Photo: (c)MAK, Georg Mayer

Klimt. The Wien Museum Collection at the Wien Museum - from 16 May to 7 October 2012

The Wien Museum owns an exceptional Klimt collection, which will go on public display in its entirety for the first time in an exhibition entitled "Klimt. ­The Wien Museum Collection".

With around 400 drawings, the Wien Museum has the world's largest collection of Klimt sketches, including preparatory sketches for his best-known masterpieces, as well as studies from all phases of his lifetime work. All the drawings on display are arranged by subject matter (e.g. Secession, studies for the faculty paintings, erotic sketches), giving visitors the possibility to explore all aspects of each theme.
A number of paintings will be on show alongside the sketches, including the most important work of art in the Wien Museum, the "Portrait of Emilie Flöge", which was completed in 1902. The work is one of Klimt's most famous paintings and the first portrait of a female subject to feature ornamental detailing in the foreground. This heralded the dawn of a new creative period in the artist's life.
A number of the pictures completed during this time have sold for record prices at international auctions in recent years. Other exhibits include various posters and printed materials that Klimt designed for the Secession (in many cases the collection has both the originals and the prints), the artist's gown, his death mask, original prints of portrait photographs, busts and a cast of his right hand. Another highlight is Egon Schiele's drawing of the deceased Gustav Klimt.

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Photo: Klimt. Die Sammlung des Wien Museums, source:

Exhibition Against Klimt. "Nuda Veritas" and her defender Hermann Bahr at the Austrian Theater Museum in Vienna - from 10 May to 26 November 2012

Gustav Klimt’s famous and rarely exhibited painting "Nuda Veritas", created in 1899, was bequeathed to the Austrian Theater Museum as part of the estate of the Austrian author, dramatist, and theater and literary critic Hermann Bahr (1863–1934). 

The Friedrich Schiller quotation inscribed above "The Naked Truth" is a statement advocating an uncompromising artistic truthfulness, which encapsulates the ethos of the Secession movement. As a close friend of the artist, Bahr had been able to acquired the "Nuda Veritas" at a discounted price. The picture represents the fraught relationships between art, critics, and the general public.
Hermann Bahr played a decisive role in publicizing the Secessionist movement from the outset. In 1902 he responded to the storm of controversy surrounding Klimt's works, and in particular the scandal over the faculty pictures, with his book "Against Klimt", a collection of writings vilifying Klimt and the art world in general.
The exhibition at the Austrian Theater Museum examines the following questions: What inspires Klimt to create his allegories? Which artistic and li­te­rary traditions come together in the different elements of this striking image? The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the outrage, criticism and enthusiasm that greeted the Avant Garde movement in Vienna around 1900 set the tone for how the early modernist works were received. It also aims to show how enlightening these controversies can be for our present times.

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Photo: Exhibition Against Klimt, Nudas Veritas, 1899, source:

Exhibition 150 years of Gustav Klimt at Upper Belvedere in Vienna - from 13 July 2013 to 6 January 2013

The exhibition "Masterpieces in Focus: 150 years of Gustav Klimt" in the Upper Belvedere is a very special presentation of the museum's entire stock of Klimt's paintings. 

The Belvedere owns the world's largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt, including the world-famous painting "The Kiss". However, the exhibition "150 years of Gustav Klimt" is not intended to deal with relationships concerning style or the history of art. Rather, it is intended to be about Klimt's work itself, about the statement that every single one of his main works - whether "Fritza Riedler" or "Judith I", for example - can convey to the observer. In addition, the show discusses every single year of Klimt's lifetime. Another focal point therefore lies on the as yet little considered history of how Klimt and his works were received. Over the course of 150 years, Klimt has become a phenomenon in terms of not only art science, but also history. Also to be seen are the two Klimt masterpieces "Sunflower" and "Family", which the Belvedere acquired in March 2012 from the estate of art collector Peter Parzer.

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Photo: Ausstellung 150 Jahre Gustav Klimt, Sonnenblume (Ausschnitt), um 1907 source:

Lecture: "the most beautiful painting that an Austrian painted - Gustav Klimt and the music salon of the Dumba Palace" at the Leopold Museum - 30 June 2012, 16:00

Dr Rainald Franz, Curator, Austrian Museum for applied Arts, Vienna

In 1893 the patron Nicolaus Dumba ordered Gustav Klimt to arrange the music salon of his residence at Parkring. Klimt was brilliant as a decorator and creator of the Overdoor painting Schubert on the piano (1899) and the Music (1898) and became according to Hermann Bahrs's opinion the creator of "the most beautiful paintings, that an Austrian painted".
In German.

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Photo: Der österreischiche Gustav Klimt. Photographie 1914 von Anton Joseph Trcka (c)(c) Imagno/Austrian Archives

Publication: Watermael-Boitsfort à la carte (Brussels)

The Monuments & Sites Department of the Brussels-Capital Region has published a tour map on the district of Watermael-Boitsfort. 

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Photo: Watermael-Boitsfort à la carte, DMS, Ministère de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale

Publication: Auderghem à la carte (Brussels) 

The Monuments & Sites Department of the Brussels-Capital Region has published a tour map on the district of Auderghem.

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Photo: Auderghem à la carte, DMS, Ministère de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale

Publication: Brussels Art Nouveau

Voir & Dire Bruxelles has published a 5 Art Nouveau Itineraries Map. 

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Photo: Bruxelles Art Nouveau

Call for papers for the coupDefouet International Congress on Art Nouveau in Barcelona 

26 to 29 June 2013 

Organized to celebrate the ten years' existence of the magazine coupDefouet, the coupDefouet International Congress on Art Nouveau will be held in Barcelona from 26 to 29 June 2013.

The Organising Committee hereby invites all experts who are interested in submitting papers to do so before 30 September 2012.

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Photo: coupDefouet International Congress

Restoration of the Art Nouveau Center's staircase in Ålesund

The staircase at the Art Nouveau Center has been restored this spring and is now appearing in its original look from 1907. Thorough research has been made to reveal and identify what seem to be the original colors on walls and staircase. The wainscoting on the walls, the window sills and the doors has all been treated with graining; an old and unique paint technique made to imitate different types of wood - pine on the wainscoting and mahogany on the window sills and the doors. Mounted on the walls are replicas of original art nouveau style wall sconces. The hardware for the doors is representative for the period, even though not specific art nouveau in its style, but rather what might have been available in this area at the time when every single house owner should build new houses after the great city fire. The Project has been granted by Vestenfjeldske Bykreditt.

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Photo: Staircase of the Art Nouveau Center, source:

Fantastic! Rudolf Kalvach at the Leopold Museum - 7 June to 10 September 2012

Vienna and Trieste around 1900

The Leopold Museum’s summer exhibition will show the first comprehensive presentation of the expressive oeuvre of Rudolf Kalvach (1883-1932), an artist whose works are situated at the point of intersection between Jugendstil and Expressionism. The retrospective traces the career of this highly talented artist, whose biography is closely linked with the era of »Vienna 1900« and the early works of the Expressionists Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918).

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Photo: Rudolf Kalvach, Die Jagd, 1911/1912, Privatbesitz source:

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