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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:

Call for papers for the international colloquium "Art Nouveau and Asia" in Nice 

26 to 28 September 2013

Organized by the FEDERPAC program of the IrASIA and Aix-Marseille University with the collaboration of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network and the Nice University.

Researchers who want to present a paper during the colloquium are invited to send a short CV and a ten lines proposition, bilingual French-English, to the organisation committee before the end of September 2012.

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Photo: Femme, Nice.

The Horta Museum in Brussels awarded by the Museum Prize 2012

The jury saluted the "coherency and the attention with which the Museum defends and restores Horta's heritage for more than twenty years now". According to it, "in the light of all the accomplished realisations for so many years, the Horta Museum can be considered as an example to follow for lots of other museum institutions".

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Photo: Le Musée Horta, source:

Mackintosh at the Grand in Glasgow

14-17 June 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

Jean Prouvé, an ironworker in Nancy

From 28 June to 31 October 2012  at the Musée de l'école de Nancy

2012, Nancy pays tribute to son Jean Prouvé, whose early years were in direct working line with the Ecole de Nancy and the Arts & Crafts traditions. The museum’s exhibition focuses on his former activity as ironworker. 

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Press pack in French



Photo: Flyer Exposition Jean Prouvé

A new Victor Prouvé collection at the Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy

From 28 June to 31 October 2012

In 2011, an important corpus of prints, drawings and paintings due to Victor Prouvé was donated to the museum. Preparatory studies or intimate sketches remind us how Victor Prouvé mixed his work with his daily life.

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Photo: Programme 2012 Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy

Vestiges of modernism. Opening the curtain in Terrassa - from 12 May to 17 June 2012

"Opening the curtain" is a recreation of the performing arts through the works of the Foundation's funds Abelló, with some pieces from the Institute of Museum and Theatre of Cerdanyola. From the evocation written by Joan Abelló (1922 - 2008) at tea time, we choose the scenes that allude to the theater, music and dance, the perfect synthesis of art total modernism.
at Sala Muncunill (Plaça Didó, 3) in Terrassa.

Photo: Cover "vestiges of modernism"

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

Following the General Assembly which took place in La Chaux-de-Fonds on 20 April 2012, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network is delighted to announce the membership of Melilla (Spain, autonomous city).

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Photo: Melilla

Fira Modernista in Terrassa - 11 to 13 May 2012

Becoming one of the most touristic events of Catalonia, the “Fira Modernista” of Terrassa offers also hundred thousand visitors a complete week-end of cultural, culinary activities, shows for children, exhibitions…

It’s the great annual celebration of modernism in Catalonia, in which the artists and craftsmen from all the country take part, museums, organisations… It has become the showcase of an era which has let a deep mark on the characteristic of the landscape, and the Catalans through arts, architecture, industry…

Terrassa is one of the Catalan, Spanish and European capitals of the industrial modernity which has renovated and conserved a remarkable architectural heritage (factories, “vapours”, storehouses, residence, public buildings…) which has transformed it in driving force of the touristic promotion.

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Photo: Cover Fira Modernista of Terrassa 2012

Modernista Fair in Barcelona - 1 to 3 June 2012

On 1, 2 and 3 June 2012, Cor Eixample-Trade and Professional Association for the Right Side of the Eixample-and the Institut del Paisatge Urbà-Barcelona City Council-are organising the eighth Barcelona Modernista Fair.

As in other years, the fair will be located on carrer Girona-between av. Diagonal and carrer d´Aragó-with leisure and cultural activities for young people, adults and the little ones. Among other activities, visitors can enjoy kids´ games, shows, workshops, a museum displaying period cars, an old train, conferences on Modernisme, a family-orientated bike tour, street entertainment and many other surprises. Other towns and organisations which also share a relationship with Modernisme will be attending, as well as a stand offering information and selling products related to Barcelona´s Ruta del Modernisme.

Furthermore, whoever comes dressed in an Art Nouveau period style will receive a gift photo of themselves and go into the draw for a trip, among other prizes.

For more information: Centre del Modernisme tel. +34 933 177 652 or Cor Eixample tel. +34 934 871 243.

Photo: Poster Modernista Fair 2012 of Barcelona

The Solvay Institute of Sociology Winner (Brussels) of an EU prize for Cultural Heritage

The Solvay Institute of Sociology won the 2012 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards in the conservation category.

The winners were announced the 20th March by the European Commission and Europa Nostra.

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Photo: Institut de sociologie Solvay, Bruxelles, source:

Press conference of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) - 20 April 2012

In the framework of its general assembly and project “Art Nouveau & Ecology”, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network organises a series of activities in La Chaux-de-Fonds with the support of the Culture 2007-2013 Programme of the European Commission.
For these events, journalists are invited to a press conference that will take place on 20 April 2012 - 14.30 at the Espacité Tower, 13th Floor, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds.

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Photo: Salle de cérémonies du crématoire de La Chaux-de-Fonds © Ville de La Chaux-de-Fonds, Service d'urbanisme

Release of the 18th issue of the coupDefouet magazine, 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 CoupDefouet Magazine 18th issue

Museum on Sunday - children activities at Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy

Next Schedule: 4th March, 1st April, 6th May 2012

Animated tour for 6 to 10 years-old children, length: 1H15
Free entrance, subject to availability.
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Photo: Programme du Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy 2012

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