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Exhibition Fabiani’s legacy in Ljubljana at the City Museum of Ljubljana – from 22 April to 30 September 2015

Maks Fabiani, whose 150th birth anniversary is celebrated in Ljubljana this year, was a renowned member of the Austrian Art Nouveau movement, known as the Viennese Secession. He was also the architect whose conceptual solution for the urban development of Ljubljana was later built upon by Jože Plečnik.

Fabiani left a significant legacy in a number of European cities, but the most profound was definitely the mark he left on Ljubljana as after the Ljubljana earthquake of 1895 he developed, on his own initiative and free of charge, a large-scale urban plan for the city.

Supported by Ljubljana's progressive mayor Ivan Hribar, Fabiani prepared not only the regulatory plan for the redevelopment of Ljubljana, but also architectural plans for a large number of modern new buildings. Today, the central point of his Art Nouveau Ljubljana is considered to be the Miklošič Park area, completed in 1908 and originally named Slovenian Square.

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Picture: Miklošič Park area, completed in 1908 and originally named Slovenian Square

Exhibition Treasures of architecture at the CIVA in Brussels – from 28 January to 19 September 2015

From Art Nouveau to the Expo 58

The exhibition Treasures of architecture, first of this type to be presented at the CIVA and organised by the Modern Architecture Archives (AAM), offers an initiatory and didactic tour from Art Nouveau to the Expo 58.

Among the "treasures" of this installation, the general public will discover rare works as well as numerous unseen works (plans that were believed to be vanished, unknown projects of Van de Velde, impressive series of water towers …).

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Picture: Victor Horta (1861‐1947), project of the Municipal Development seen from the side of the Ravenstein street in Brussels, 1928 © Archives d’Architecture Moderne

Exhibition The Architecture of Maks Fabiani-Pictures in Ljubljana – from 25 March to 14 September 2015

Some of the finest Ljubljana works by the renowned Art Nouveau architect Maks Fabiani are presented in an open-air photographic exhibition by Miran Kambič, which marks the 150th anniversary of Fabiani's birth.

Maks Fabiani was one of the most important architects in Central Europe at the turn of the 20th century. In all periods of his career he remained faithful to Art Nouveau's underlying intention of making connections between art and everyday life.

For Fabiani, every building design project was also an urban development project involving a wider whole. This is particularly true of his Ljubljana works, practically all of which have their foundations in the large-scale urban plan for the redevelopment of Ljubljana after the earthquake of 1895, proposed by Fabiani on his own initiative the same year.

The photographer Miran Kambič (born 1965) has for many years been well-known for his work in the field of architectural photography. He is a regular contributor to Slovenian and international architectural magazines. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and catalogues and have been widely exhibited.

Venue: Krakovski nasip embakement – free visit

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Picture: Maks Fabiani, Casa Bartoli, Trieste © Miran Kambič

Exhibition The Norwegian Japonism at the Jugendsilsenteret in Ålesund – from 26 September 2014 to 13 September 2015

The movement that is now spreading from Japan across Europe”

This quote from the Norwegian artist Gerhard Munthe (1849–1929) refers to one of the main trends in European art from the mid-19th century through the early decades of the 20th century.

In 1853, Japan opened its borders to the outside world after 200 years of isolation. This lead to a cult of all things Japanese among European artists – a movement labelled as Japonism from the 1860s–70s onward. This Japanese-inspired art did not constitute a style as such, but greatly influenced a number of styles in European art. In the 1880s and 1890s, Japonism became a major ingredient of the Art Nouveau style. In Norway, Art Nouveau peaked in popularity in the years between 1890 and 1910.

This exhibition looks at the connections between the Art Nouveau style, the nation-building project in Norway, and the Japonism movement as expressed in Norwegian Art Nouveau. Starting with Gerhard Munthe, considered the leading proponent of Japonism in Norway, the exhibition highlights connections between Japonism and the distinct national character of Norwegian Art Nouveau in terms of technique, range of motifs, format, and choice of materials.

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Picture: Color woodcut on paper by Fujimaru Kitagawa, Japan. Probably the first half of the 1800th century © Jugendstilsenteret, Aalesund

Guided tours and workshops for families Daddy, Mummy, Horta and me ! at the Horta Museum in Brussels – from 30 June to 1 August 2015

During the school vacations, the Horta Museum will open its doors on Mornings to the children and parents for an adapted visit to each age. The space of the servants of the house will be exceptionally open for the occasion. The visit will take the shape of a role-play for the oldest and a treasure hunt for the youngest and enables to discover an a pro-active way the extraordinary house and Victor Horta’s wonderful universe. After the visit, a creative workshop will be offered, so that everyone can create a work inspired from Nature, in relation with Art Nouveau – different workshop each week (stained-glass, mosaic, mural painting, Art Nouveau house in paper, animals in paper).

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Summer holidays: from 30 June to 1st August 2015
From Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 12.30 am
Price per mornings: 8,00 € / adult and 5,00€ / child
Registration by phone : 0032 (0)2 543 04 90
Or by e-mail : info@hortamuseum.be
Be careful: groups are limited to 10 persons maximum per morning and only available for adults accompanied by children from 6 to 12 years-old.

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Picture: Pictures of the guided tours and workshops "Daddy, Mummy, Horta and me !" © Horta Museum


With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union