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Call for papers II coupDefouet International Congress in Barcelona – from 25 to 28 June 2015


Breaking the Art Nouveau Glass Ceiling

The Art Nouveau European Route brings together local governments and other institutions in the common quest for the protection, promotion and diffusion of Art Nouveau heritage.

To fully explore and bring to light the value of Art Nouveau heritage, therefore, a Congress organised by the Art Nouveau European Route cannot limit its scope to the analyses and interpretation of the tangible heritage; it must go deeper into the reality of the communities that created it.

In this second edition of the coupDefouet International Congress, we propose to shed new light on an aspect that has been studied very little, if at all: the important contribution of women artists to the development of Art Nouveau. In a nutshell: women as artists, women as creators, women as promoters and protagonists of Art Nouveau. Coupled with this ambition, we also wish to revisit the widely studied and interpreted representation of the female aesthetic and ideal in Art Nouveau, with new contributions on the matter.

A further strand will focus on little-known Art Nouveau cities, in which we expect to discover creative centres of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that have not until now been widely publicised. A similar section on research in progress to the first congress, one in which we welcome presentations from both seasoned and young researchers, will complete the thematic strands of the programme.

The final deadline for submissions is 1 December 2014

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Picture: Logo of the II coupDefouet International Congress

New permanent exhibition Palau Güell: A look at furniture at the Palau Güell in Barcelona


Palau Güell, a look at furniture is a permanent exhibition located in the bedroom floor that is integrated into the tour of the palace. In the rooms of the children Güell, hitherto closed to the public, you can see the original furniture that decorated the palace when the Güell family lived, as well as some modernist furniture owned by the Province of Barcelona (Diputació de Barcelona).

The sample is divided in two areas: "The decoration of Güell" and "The decorators of Modernism," which relate to the two stages of the building: the first, when it was owned by Eusebi Güell and his family, and, second, when it passed into the hands of Barcelona Provincial Council from 1945 and became a center of vindication of Gaudi and Catalan Modernism, while it was collecting furniture of cabinet makers, leading decorators of that time.

Exceptionally the Güell i de Sentmenat family temporarily handed two iconic pieces exhibited, designed by Antonio Gaudi at Palau Güell: the chaise longue Isabel Lopez and one of the original chairs called Cat and Mice. Furthermore, the family has also yielded a terracotta modernist bust, as a tribute to what would be the header architect of the family between 1880 and 1918, made by Carmen M. Malet and Travy.

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Picture: Poster of the exhibition. Source: palauguell.cat

Call for public subscription chandelier decorated with seaweed of L. Majorelle for the Ecole de Nancy Museum – from 20 September 2014 to 4 January 2015


A chandelier decorated with seaweed of L. Majorelle, a new work for the Ecole de Nancy Museum
A subscription by the Association of Friends of the Ecole de Nancy Museum (AAMEN)

To mark the 50th anniversary of the museum in 2014, the Association of Friends of the Ecole de Nancy Museum (AAMEN) launched a public subscription for the purchase and restoration of the chandelier decorated with seaweed, ordered to Louis Majorelle in 1904. The Association wishes to acquire in favour of the collections of the Ecole de Nancy Museum, which does not possess this model.

Dismantled after World War II, the chandelier requires an intervention before it can be presented in the permanent collections. It will be thus entrust after the acquisition, to restorers of metal and fire Art. They will carry out cleaning, dusting, realize the missing parts, will review the assembly of the various components as well as electrical installation. This intervention should enable to present it again, functions to the exhibition rooms.

For the acquisition and restoration of this lamp, an amount of € 30,000 would be required for the Friends of the Ecole de Nancy Museum (AAMEN) to complete this operation. To finance this amount, the association appeals to the generosity of everyone, individuals and businesses, in order to buy and restore this work in the framework of the law on patronage. This support to a work of general interest, or patronage, entitles the donors to certain tax advantages. Thus, companies benefit from a tax reduction of 60% of the donation amount, and individuals from a 66% reduction.

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Picture: Louis Majorelle, Chandelier decorated with seaweed, 1904, Ecole de Nancy Museum

Exhibition and Website Mackintosh Architecture at The Hunterian in Glasgow – from 18 July 2014 to 4 January 2015


A fresh look at a familiar icon
Mackintosh Architecture at The Hunterian

The landmark research project into Mackintosh’s architecture, which began in 2010, has been led by the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian. It presents the first comprehensive evaluation of Mackintosh’s architectural career, available on a free access website, www.mackintosh-architecture.gla.ac.uk from 18 July. The richly illustrated site includes a catalogue of Mackintosh’s architectural projects and architectural drawings, over 3000 images, 350 biographies, timeline, interactive map, glossary and bibliography.

The site will be launched with the first major exhibition to be devoted to Mackintosh’s architectural work. Mackintosh Architecture will present over 80 architectural drawings from The Hunterian and collections across the UK, many never exhibited before, alongside specially commissioned film, models and rarely seen archival material.

Based on the work of the research project, the exhibition challenges the familiar view of Mackintosh as the isolated genius by presenting the wider context of his architectural practice, introducing the contractors, suppliers and clients who supported the delivery of the buildings, and outlining the building process, from initial planning permission to final inspection.

The exhibition is supported by three special displays which showcase Mackintosh’s skills as a draughtsman and designer, largely drawn from The Hunterian’s unrivalled Mackintosh Collection: Mackintosh Travel Sketches; William Davidson: Art Collector; and C.R. Mackintosh: ‘Begonias’

Press release of the project

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Picture: Gravestone for James Reid, Kilmacolm, 1898 © Mackintosh Architecture, University of Glasgow, 2014

Little and big history of the Ecole de Nancy Museum in Nancy – from 20 September 2014 to 4 January 2015


On the occasion of the 50 years of the installation of the Ecole de Nancy Museum in the Corbin family’s property, this file-exhibition will evoke the main steps of its history: the creation the museum of decorative arts in 1900, the Corbin donation in 1935, the move of the Museum in the Corbin property in the 60’s, the Ecole de Nancy year in 1999.
Documents and pictures will show the constitution of collections of this unique museum in France.

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Picture: Corbin donation exhibited at the Poirel Galeries in 1935 © Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy

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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