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Release of the 29th issue of the Arts Nouveaux magazine in Nancy

The Association of the friends of the Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy has just published the 29th issue of the Art Nouveaux Magazine, dedicated especially to Emile Gallé’s Chessboard table, Victor Prouvé’s works and a virtual visit of the Hotel Hannon in Brussels.
Without forgetting the News of the Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy…

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Photo: Couverture Arts Nouveaux Magazine, AAMEN, Nancy

8th Jugendstil Festival in Bad Nauheim – from 6 to 8 September 2013

Living history! Bad Nauheim celebrates its cultural heritage during the Jugendstilfestival in the largest connected construction of Jugendstil in Europe. Jugendstil lovers will enjoy themselves strolling through the handcraft market where more than 60 selected restorer and artists expose the large manual repertoire from that time. It is a pleasure to take a look over the restorers’ shoulders and admire all the examples of ceramic-, mosaic-, glass-, wood- and jewel works. Moreover many events such as music performances, fashion shows, exhibitions and guided tours through the art nouveau buildings will take place during the whole festival.

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Photo: Restoratenmarkt - Jugendstilfestival 2011, source: Bad Nauheim

Conference In Search of Perfection: The Legacy of Art Nouveau at the University of Technology in Vienna – from 24 to 25 August 2013

Jugendstil, Secession, Liberty, Модерн - those are facets of one cultural phenomenon Art Nouveau. This International movement left imperishable masterpieces in the field of art, architecture and applied arts in the different parts of Europe.
The aim of the conference is to explore the social, political and philosophical context of Art Nouveau and promote the heritage of this style.
This two-day conference is aimed at both academics and heritage professionals, or simply enthusiasts of Art Nouveau. Art historians, philosophers, sociologists, and journalists are invited to join the forum.

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Photo: Secession building, Vienna, source:

Art Nouveau works from the Ecole de Nancy presented at the exhibition "Art Nouveau" at the Pinacothèque of Paris – from 18 April to 8 September 2013

The exhibition "Art Nouveau, the decorative revolution "presented at the Pinacothèque in Paris is the first French Art Nouveau retrospective in Paris since 1960. Real great event, it presents more than two hundred objects which, in all fields of life and arts, have turned upside down the aesthetic and the cultural thought of the world which lived then under classicism and academicism for more than three centuries.
Among them appear numerous works coming from creators of the Ecole de Nancy, like a tea table with tray of Louis Majorelle, a mural cabinet of Emile Gallé, as well as lamps and vases of Daum Frères.

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Photo: Émile Gallé - Table Libellule, c. 1900 Bois 75 x 81 x 57,8 cm,

Exhibition Egon Schiele and his age at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest – from 26 June to 29 September 2013

The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, by way of a continuation of its exhibition presenting Gustav Klimt and the early Secession offers an insight into the work of the most outstanding artist of the following generation: Egon Schiele, and through his contemporaries into the development of Viennese Expressionism, the school that superseded Jugendstil.

The 70 works coming from the world’s richest Schiele collection, the Leopold Museum in Vienna, will be complemented by drawings and paintings by Schiele, coming from other prestigious collections and further works by Schiele, Oscar Kokoschka and Carl Moll from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Photo: Poster of the exhibition, source:

New presentation of the graphic Cabinet : more Schiele at the Leopold Museum in Vienna

The Leopold Museum shows more Schiele!

Elisabeth Leopold has personally selected fine graphic masterworks rarely displayed of the Leopold II Collection for this new presentation, complemented by paintings of the Ernst Ploil Collection.

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Photo: Egon Schiele, Kauernder Mädchenakt in orangefarbenem Kleid, 1914, (c) Sammlung Leopold II

Exhibition Chat noir. Arts and pleasures of the Belle Epoque at the Ixelles Museum in Brussels – from 27 June to 15 Septembre 2013

The exhibition offers the discovery of the literary, artistic and musical atmosphere of the Chat noir, famous cabaret of Montmartre of the Parisian Belle Epoque hosted by its audacious owner Rodolphe Salis (1851-1897). Works from Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Nabis and Symbolists will immerse you into the universe of entertainment and of the artistic bohemian of Paris fin-de-siècle.

Belle Epoque Film Club!
The Belle Epoque appears everywhere this summer in Brussels!
At the occasion of the exhibition Chat noir. Arts and pleasures of the Belle Epoque which will take place from 27 June to 15 September 2013 at the Museum of Ixelles, the CINEMATEK schedules a cycle of Belle Epoque movies in Flagey.
And there is more! The film lovers are invited to the Museum for a Belle Epoque film club night, on Thursday 22 August from 5 to 8 p.m.

Press release in French

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Photo: Poster of the exhibition, source:

Publication Berchem-Sainte-Agathe and Koelkelberg à la carte in Brussels

The Monuments & Sites Department of the Ministry of the Brussels-Capital Region has published a tour map on the towns of Berchem-Sainte-Agathe and Koelkelberg.

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Photo: Cover of the map "Berchem-Sainte-Agathe", Source: DMS - Ministère de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale

First international congress specialized in Art Nouveau-Modernisme in Barcelona – from 26 to 29 June 2013

Definitive Scientific Programme for the coupDefouet International Congress

Over eighty scientific papers have been confirmed for the coupDefouet International Congress to be held in Barcelona from 26 to 29 June this year.
You can now go online and browse the Congress’s definitive scientific programme, divided into six thematic strands, by clicking here.
You can also watch the online video Art Nouveau: the First International Modern Style, advance keynote speech of coupDefouet International Congress delivered by Paul Greenhalgh, which took place at La Pedrera on 19 November 2012.

The coupDefouet International Congress is the first scientific congress dedicated exclusively to Art Nouveau.
If you would like to register, you can do so online by clicking here.

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Presentation of the event in Catalan and Spanish
Poster of the event

Photo: Logo of the cDf International Congress. Source: Art Nouveau European Route

Exhibition Adventures in Riga at the Art Nouveau Center in Riga – from 7 June to 14 September 2013

On 3 April 2013 was celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Clemens Van de Velde. In 1910, at the age of 47, he was invited to enter an architectural competition for the creation of a St. Peter’s Church parsonage and inclusive housing in Riga. At that time Van de Velde, who was then working at the school in Weimar that later became the renowned Bauhaus School of Architecture, was experiencing a swing in his approach of architecture. The Riga project would have remained a minor occurrence, if it had not popped up twice in the myth surrounding Van de Velde. It is these two instances that have inspired this exhibition.

The first time the Riga project appears is in a most famous photo showing the master at work in his Weimar studio while he is designing the plans of the parsonage.
The second reference can be found in his Geschichte meines Lebens where he describes his trips to Riga as a typical example of an experience of cultural confrontation which has not yet lost its topical interest.
The photos by Alnis Stakle on view in this exhibition try to illustrate this controversial story of ‘honest’ beauty which Van de Velde appealed to.
The building was built in 1912 on Valnu street 22 in Riga, but was destroyed during Second World War.
At the occasion of this exhibition the model of the building was created.

In cooperation with the H.M. Mr Frank Arnauts - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Latvia, Mr. Koen Haverbeke, Representative of the Flemish Government, and University of Gente, VG Kvadra Pak,Jaga, Deltalight, Vandersanden group,Flanders Road Service, Institute of Goethe in Latvia, The State Culture Capital Foundation, The National Library of Latvia, The Library of the University of Latvia.
The exhibition is created by Sampling, curator Manten Devriendt, photographer Alnis Stakle, work group: Liene Jākobsone, Kārlis Narkēvičs, Jonas Apers, Prof. dr. Maarten Van Den Driessche, Prof. dr. Dirk De Meyer, Riga Art Nouveau Centre.

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Poster of the event
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Photo: Detail of the poster of the exhibition "Adventures in Riga", source: Art Nouveau Center in Riga

Celebrate Art Nouveau World day on 8 June 2013!

The Art Nouveau World Day, organized by the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts in cooperation with the Szecessziós Magazin (Art Nouveau Magazine), will be celebrated with an opening ceremony, stylistic exhibitions, lectures, free entrances in Museums and guided street tours in some of our member cities.

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Photo: Logo of the Art Nouveau Center in Aveiro

Exhibition Bernhard Hoetger - The Place Tree Grove at Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt – from 26 May to 25 August 2013

A Total Artwork on the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt
Artists' Colony Museum and open-air exhibition ground of the Mathildenhöhe

There is no other place where Hoetger’s works from before the First World War can be experienced as fully and impressively as on the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt. The exhibition "Bernhard Hoetger - The Plane Tree Grove" takes place both in the Artists' Colony Museum and in the Plane Tree Grove where visitors can admire the sculpture program using audio guides. In the museum his early works, including important Parisian and protoexpressionistic sculptures, will be on display. Likewise, the Light and Shadow cycle in Hoetger’s intended formation can be seen there. Historical documents highlight the reception of the Plane Tree Grove.
The aim of the exhibition is to break down the complex image and text program of the Plane Tree Grove and explain the importance of the ensemble for expressionist sculpture. Neither in Hesse nor elsewhere in Germany is there a similar expressionist total artwork in the public space.
Since the exhibition takes place in the course of a large-scale restoration of the Plane Tree Grove, the ensemble can display its special effect in new splendour and support the application of Mathildenhöhe as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Press release of the exhibition
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Photo: Blick nach Osten auf das Steinrelief Auferstehung, Foto: Nikolaus Heiss

The restauration of the stairwell finally completed at the Jugendstilsenteret in Ålesund

Welcome back to 1907

The museum received 1 million kroners (80.000 Eur) in grants from a private foundation for the restoration of the main staircase at Jugendstilsenteret. The target was to find and replace the original colours with original techniques and materials as far as possible back to 1907. An old fashionable material, coccolite was also discovered. Coccolite is a product of plaster, strengthened with hair from coconuts. It was not a very common material in the beginning of 20 century and was probably imported from Germany. The coccolite was both firesafe and a very strong material used indoors for walls.
The wooden staircase has also been restored and repaired. It has been treated with linen oil, and gaps have been repaired with hand made iron sticks.
The lighting is a copy from about 1907. The last part of the project was to make copies of the tiles in terracotta colour for the hall.
Nowadays the staircase shines like the original in delicate light green colours and imitated oak on the walls.

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Photo: Picture of the restored staircase, Alesund. Source: Jugendstilsenteret.

Exhibition Japonism. Fascination for Japanese Art at CaixaForum in Barcelona – from 13 June to 15 September 2013

Japonism is one of the richest artistic expressions of the XIX century and a well-known artistic movement worldwide.
The interest for Japan grew around Europe during the second half of the XIX century thanks to Siegfried Bing’s art gallery and his interest for Art nouveau products that influenced artists of the impressionism, postimpressionism, symbolism and avant-garde movements.
In Spain, and more especially in Catalunya, fascination for Japanese art grew during the decade of the 1870 and had a great influence in Modernisme artists towards the end of the century. Artists such as Marià Fortuny, Pablo Picasso or Joan Miró made a great variety of works on this aesthetic, although still little known.

An inaugural conference will be given by Ricard Bru i Turull, curator of the exhibition on Thursday 13 June 2013 at 7 p.m.

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Photo: Mujer entre la lluvia. Kusakabe Kimbei. c. 1870. Source: CaixaForum Barcelona

Exhibition A Shot of Rhythm and Color at MAK in Vienna – from 6 February to 13 October 2013

English Textile design of the late 19th century 

This exhibition presents a representative selection of English fabrics from the MAK Collection of Textiles and Carpets. These textiles were purchased in England for the museum and presented to the Viennese public while they were still new. Hence, Vienna’s artists and tradespeople got to know and took inspiration from these innovative, English-designed products even prior to 1900, as is shown prominently in the new Vienna 1900 exhibit of the MAK Permanent Collection. The best-known English designers of their era, figures including William Morris, Walter Crane and Charles F. A. Voysey, are represented in this showing by fabric and wallpaper designs characterized above all by generously dimensioned repeat patterns as well as patterns derived from plants and flowers.

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