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Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival in Brussels – from 16 to 31 March 2019


The BANAD Festival is a special event that promotes the Art Nouveau and Art Deco heritage of the Brussels-Capital Region. It takes place every year in March, and in 2019 from 16 to 31 March.

At the heart of the festival are guided tours of the interiors of Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings that are not normally open to the public. A unique opportunity to discover, or rediscover, these hidden architectural gems!

Other activities that promote Art Nouveau and Art Deco heritage are also organised as part of the Festival, to complement the guided tours of interiors, including: outdoor walking, cycling and coach guided tours; concerts; seminars; shows; activities for families; a collectors' fair; activities for disabled people; and activities for schools.

Do not miss to meet the RANN’s secretariat which will attend the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Antiques fair organized on Sunday 31 March 2019!

Organised by Explore.Brussels

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Picture: Logo of the BANAD Festival © Explore.brussels
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Photo contest Art Nouveau Staircases in the framework of the 2019 World Art Nouveau Day - on 10 June 2019 


On June 10th 2019, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network will celebrate the Art Nouveau World Art Day and you are all warmly invited to take part to this international event, open to all!

This seventh time will be dedicated to the theme Art Nouveau Staircases. Absolute backbones of the building, these spaces of circulation, sometimes intended to diffuse natural light in the interiors, did not escape the creative impetus of Art Nouveau. From the start of a staircase to the banister, the Art Nouveau patterns and movements spread out in various forms in order to adapt to its users, owners and housekeepers. The 2019 edition of the World Art Nouveau Day will highlight these spaces, that are sometimes majestic and imposing, sometimes discreet and narrow but always essential.

Introduce us the most outstanding staircases, according to you, of the Art Nouveau movement by participating in our photo contest!

Send us your most beautiful photographs and most beautiful drawing of your kids showing an Art Nouveau staircase before 5 June 2019 at midnight, with your completed entry form enclosed (see below) at info@artnouveau-net.eu,  carolinestyfhals.rann@gmail.com and erikagiuliani.rann@gmail.com.

All photographs and drawings received matching the theme will be published on 10 June on our Facebook page and submitted to the vote of the Internet community. You will also be invited to guess which Art Nouveau work and which architect the photographs refer to.

Three prizes will be awarded for the photo contest:
- "The Public Prize" for the photograph that will have obtained the largest number of “likes” at 6pm;
- "The Mystery prize" for the person who will guess the origin (piece of work, author) of the largest number of photographs;
- "The Jury’s Prize" awarded by a jury composed of the secretariat and members of the Network.

One prize will be awarded for the drawing contest:
- "The Public Prize" for the drawing that will have obtained the largest number of “likes” at 6pm.

All the photographs and drawings will then be published on the Pinterest page of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network.

Get your cameras and your pencils ready and let’s meet on our Facebook page on the 10th of June to take part to this Day and discover the great winners!

Entry form for the photo contest
Rules and Regulations for the photo contest

Entry form for the drawing contest
Rules and Regulations for the drawing contest

Discover also the programme of our members (in English)


Picture: Poster of the World Art Nouveau Day 2019 (c) RANN

2019 Art Nouveau World Day : awards of the RANN’s contests


The Réseau Art Nouveau Network celebrated the Art Nouveau World Day on 10 June 2019. As part of this international celebration of the Art Nouveau heritage, the Network and its members offer a varied programme of activities!

It was a pleasure to celebrate the World Art Nouveau Day yesterday with you all !

The RANN organised a photo and kids drawings contest dedicated to the theme Art Nouveau Staircases. Absolute backbones of the building, these spaces of circulation, sometimes intended to diffuse natural light in the interiors, did not escape the creative impetus of Art Nouveau. From the start of a staircase to the banister, the Art Nouveau patterns and movements spread out in various forms in order to adapt to its users, owners and housekeepers. The 2019 edition of the World Art Nouveau Day highlighted these spaces, that are sometimes majestic and imposing, sometimes discreet and narrow but always essential.

The variety of selected pictures, buildings and works showed us how each Art Nouveau staircases brought diversity of this style!

Three prizes were awarded among the many participants:
- Radoslav Páleš (Martin, Slovakia) – picture n°3 won the Internet community prize with the highest number of “likes”
- Michael Hoffman (Gießen, Germany) – picture n°2 won the Jury’s prize with his picture of the clocktower building of Darmstadt's Technical University, for the aesthetic of the picture, its original point of view and for interesting Art Nouveau Heritage corresponding with the theme
- Frank Welele won the investigator prize by guessing the original of the highest number of pictures.

And the winners of our drawing contest are Klara and Lola for having, both of them, the highest number of “likes”!

Congratulations to all!

See you on 10 June 2020 for the next World Art Nouveau Day!


Picture: Poster of the 2019 WAND © RANN

Conference Collectors, yesterday and today at the Art and History Museum in Brussels – on 4 June 2019


Collectors, yesterday and today: ART NOUVEAU AND JAPONISM

The Horta Museum invites you on 4 June in the morning to its new conference "Collectors, yesterday and today: Art Nouveau and Japonism" organised as part of the Horta Museum's triple exhibition "Collectors Collection", presented until 30 June 2019.

Free entry but compulsory registration at info@hortamuseum.be

More information and programme in French and in Dutch


Picture: Poster of the conference © Horta Museum

Fair 15th Fira Modernista in Barcelona – from 31 May to 2 June 2019


On 31 May and June 1 and 2, 2019 Barcelona will celebrate the 15th edition of the Fira Modernista, this year dedicated to modernisme architect Josep Maria Jujol (1879-1949) in commemoration of the 140 years of his birth.

During the Fair, a large number of recreational and cultural activities will be organised, including talks, workshops, puppets or a poetic exhibition dedicated to the architect. Also this year the firemen from Barcelona, SPEIS, who will participate and exhibit at the Fair three vehicles of their property, to show the evolution of the city's firemen since the end of the 19th century to the beginning early 20th century.

More information and program of the activities of the Fira Modernista


Picture: Poster of the 15th Fira Modernista

Exhibition The City of Women at the Unteres Belvedere in Vienna – from 25 January to 19 May 2019


Female artists in Vienna from 1900 to 1938

Today, hardly anyone knows who they were, even though they made a part of art history: artists such as Elena Luksch-Makowsky, Helene Funke, and Erika Giovanna Klien contributed significantly to Viennese Modernism and artistic trends that manifested after the First World War. To commemorate these artists, their art, and their emancipatory achievements, a long overdue retrospective has now been staged in the Lower Belvedere.

The exhibition expands the view of Viennese Modernism and focuses on those women who actively helped shape the art scene at the beginning of the twentieth century. At that time, women who wanted to become artists were still at a severe disadvantage. They were denied access to education and artists’ associations, and thus to exhibition opportunities. In spite of these hurdles, some of them managed to successfully build a career. In the predominantly male art business, they had to fight hard to gain a foothold. They found training opportunities and developed strategies to market themselves. By establishing their own artists’ associations, they were able to network and become active in the art scene. Many of them exhibited at the Secession, the Hagenbund, the Salon Pisko, and the Miethke Gallery. Despite the fact that, in recent years, the lives and works of some of these formerly renowned artists have been researched and compiled into retrospectives, their work is still underestimated in importance and barely appreciated for what it is.

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Picture: Broncia Koller-Pinell, The Artist's mother, 1907. Photo: Johannes Stoll © Belvedere, Vienna

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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