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Exhibition Art Nouveau - European Architecture in Georgia at the Art Nouveau Museum in Riga – from 13 September to 30 November 2014


Information about Art Nouveau arrived in Georgia from Russia and Europe via the shortest route - the Black Sea. Art Nouveau expanded rapidly through different kinds of publications: professional, popular and fashion magazines, and photos and people who came to work or study in the country. Compared to Europe Georgia was rather backward in development but this fact didn't stop the style being popular amongst customers and builders. With surprising unanimity people from different social groups had Art Nouveau style apartment houses built. The popularity of Art Nouveau was stirred by local professionals and craftsmen as well as by the great interest and disposition of the population towards the style. These factors together led to the building of numerous multifunctional, rather complicated examples of the style.

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Picture: Art Nouveau in Tbilissi, Riga Art Nouveau Museum

II Conference cycle Gaudi and his promoters at the Palau Güell in Barcelona - from 3 to 24 November 2014


After the success of the first cycle, Palau Güell will hold the second edition “Gaudi and his promoters” that will take place from 3 to 24 November at the espai de Cotxeres of the Palau Güell and has four sessions.
The first two will deal with the relations of the two families: the Güell López, who played a key role in Modernism and were united through marriage Eusebio Güell and Isabel Lopez.
The third session will focus on the relationship between Gaudi and Güell, giving as a result the construction of Palau Güell.
Finally, the last figure of the conference is Eusebio Güell from an unknown point of view: his contribution to neuroscience, the study of the mind.

Admission is free.

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

Exhibition Art Nouveau in the Netherlands at the Riga Art Nouveau Museum - from 3 July to 23 November 2014


The exhibition has been organized in co-operation with the Dutch Art historian and collector Frederik Erenc.
It displays the uniqueness of the Dutch Art Nouveau with all its characteristic features such as the rationalist school, decorative Art Nouveau, the Asian influences and other movements.

Besides the exhibition, everyone is invited to join a meeting with the Dutch Art historians and collector Frederik Erenc to get more acquainted with the Dutch Art Nouveau heritage on 3 and 4 July at 4 pm as well as on 21 and 22 October at 5pm!

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Picture: Exhibition Art Nouveau in the Netherlands, source: www.jugendstils.riga.lv

International Conference Lechner at the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest – from 19 to 21 November 2014


Conference dedicated to Ödön Lechner on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of his Death

In 2014 we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Ödön Lechner (1845–1914), one of the greatest Hungarian architects and one of the most original geniuses of the European architectural scene at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. We wish to mark this special occasion with a three-day-long international conference (September 19-21), followed by an optional trip to some of his major works in the country (September 21).

The aim and the role of the conference is to place Lechner’s architectural principles and designing activity on the contemporary European scale, with the opportunity for comparisons on a wide horizon, while also giving an opportunity for presenting the results of most recent research.

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Picture: Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest, Ödon Lechner, 1893-1896. Source: www.imm.hu

Synagogue in Subotica targeted by Europa Nostra and EIB Institute


On 14-16 October, a delegation of heritage and financial specialists from the leading European heritage organisation Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute visited the Synagogue in Subotica, Serbia, listed among ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ monuments in Europe in 2014. The delegation took part in several working meetings with local and national stakeholders with the aim of supporting the rehabilitation of the Synagogue, considered one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Central Europe. The experts will help formulate a technical and financial action plan for its conservation before the end of this year.

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Picture: Rescue Mission in Subotica Synagogue, Serbia. Courtesy of Europa Nostra Serbia

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