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Publication Gallé at the Ecole de Nancy Museum in Nancy

The Ecole de Nancy Museum has an exceptional collection of works of Émile Gallé, in number and in quality.

This new album, published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the museum, gathers a selection of key works of the artist, as well as less-known works or aimed at a personal use or more confidential (items in leather, textiles, etc.). The photographic and documentary collection – sometimes unpublished – enables to evoke Gallé’s family and intellectual framework, as well as his professional entourage (art factory, colleagues, working methods, etc.).

Conceived under the direction of Valérie Thomas, director of the museum and representative member of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, in collaboration with the conservation team, and published by Snoeck editions, this book invites to better understand the abundant work and the complex personality of the Ecole de Nancy’s leader, and reveals numerous unknown works and documents. It also demonstrates the generosity of the artist’s descendents towards the collections of the museum since the 1950’s until today.

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Picture: Valérie Thomas (dir.), "Gallé au Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy", 2014 © MEN, Editions Snoek

Publication Glasgow Interiors in Glasgow

Glasgow has a spectacular array of buildings and is internationally renowned for its history of architectural innovation and design excellence. This book, written by one of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network’s members, Helen Kendrick, offers a glimpse into a selection of Glasgow’s most impressive historic interiors. Featuring 33 of the city’s most alluring buildings – both public and private – Glasgow Interiors tells the story of the city’s built heritage over the past 150 years.

From a dramatic Victorian swimming bath and a glittering art deco restaurant to intricately detailed Art Nouveau warehouses and imposing Edwardian townhouses in the city’s West End, this book demonstrates the extraordinary wealth of interiors that lie behind the façades of Glasgow’s buildings.

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Picture: Helen Kendrick, Neale Smith (photographer), "Glasgow Interiors", 2014

Cycle The Great War: end of a (Belle) Epoque at the Cinematek in Brussels – from 11 January to 22 February 2015

The First War ends an historical time that the French bourgeoisie called “Belle Epoque” and destabilizes the European culture. Films selected in this programme evoke the end of this legendary period of carefreeness and of faith in progress.

In collaboration with visit.brussels.

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Picture: Fourastié, La bande à Bonnot, 1968 © Cinematek, Brussels

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


With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union