Travelling exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 2 in Aveiro – from 1 December 2014 to 27 February 2015
Organised by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in the framework of the European project "Art Nouveau & Ecology" (2010-2015) supported by the Culture 2007-2013 programme of the European Commission, the exhibition comprises two identical concurrent exhibitions and has begun its journey to all partner cities in October 2013.
After Bad Nauheim, the exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 2 will be presented in Aveiro at the Galeria da Antiga Capitania do Porto, fifth step of its European journey, from 1 December until 27 February 2015.
This exhibition is free and bilingual Portuguese-English.
Poster of the event
Do not forget that the double of the exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 1 is presented in Barcelona at the Museu del Disseny until 6 January 2015!
Picture: Poster of the exhibition "The Nature of Art Nouveau - Naturezas da Arte Nova", 2014 © RANN
This major retrospective presents for the first time the complete artistic range of the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony’s founding member Hans Christiansen (1866-1945). The many interesting facets of this renowned artist of art nouveau can finally be seen together in one large exhibition conceived by the Institut Mathildenhöhe and the Museumsberg Flensburg in collaboration with the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich and the Bröhan-Museum Berlin.
Hans Christiansen is one of the most important representatives of Jugendstil, the German version of the aesthetic revolution commonly called art nouveau. After achieving much success in Paris with his designs for the decorative arts, Christiansen was appointed in 1899 as the first member of the Darmstadt Artists' Colony founded by Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine.
As part of the Artists' Colony on the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Christiansen blossomed and excelled as a visual artist and designer, making full use of his artistic freedom in Darmstadt guaranteed by the Grand Duke. In the retrospective, many of Christiansen’s designs can be seen alongside the realized artworks giving insight into the versatility of the artist, who also staged elaborate fireworks and light installations. The exhibition covers all phases of Christiansen’s work from Hamburg and Paris to Darmstadt and Wiesbaden, and presents furniture ensembles, stained glass, jewelry, posters, paintings, drawings, textile art, ceramics, as well as hitherto unknown fashion and poster designs from the 1920s. A special focus is placed on the artist’s own house on the Mathildenhöhe that he designed for himself together with the architect and fellow Artists’ Colony member Joseph Maria Olbrich.
The retrospective features many previously un-exhibited works from the estate of the artist that now belongs to the Museumsberg Flensburg, as well as works from the Darmstadt Municipal Art Collection and loans from museums and private collections.
Following the first presentation of the this retrospective at Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, the exhibition will travel to the Bröhan-Museum Berlin, followed by the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich and the Museumsberg Flensburg, where the show will end in the artist’s place of birth just before his 150th birthday.
Dr. Philipp Gutbrod, curator and conservator of the collection, Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt Institute
Dr. Michael Fuhr, Director, Museumsberg in Flensburg
Dr. Dorothee Bieske, curator and conservator of the collection, Museumsberg in Flensburg
An exhibition of the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt Institute and of the Museumsberg in Flensburg in collaboration with the Villa Stuck Museum in Munich and the Bröhan Museum in Berlin.
The exhibition will then travel to the Bröhan Museum, Berlin (19 Feburary– 24 May 2015), the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich (18 June – 20 September 2015) and to the Museumsberg Flensburg (11 October – 17 January 2016).
Picture: Hans Christiansen (1866-1945) © Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt
Exhibition Kokoschka & Gauguin decrypted at the Fin-de-Siècle Museum in Brussels – from 22 July 2014 to 25 January 2015
See the invisible
Two major paintings – the Portrait of Suzanne Bambridge by Gauguin and Kokoschka’s Trance Player – are at the centre of the experience. Through an innovative technology – the digital analysis of “multispectral” images – you will learn more about these paintings and, in a broader way, understand the advantages of this method for the conservation of artworks.
Picture: Oskar Kokoschka, Der Trancespieler. Oil on canvas, ca. 1909. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, inv. 6152 © RMFAB, Brussels, photo: J. Geleyns / Ro Scan
Exhibition "Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec" at the Kunstforum Wien in Vienna – until 25 January 2015
The Path to Modernism
In October 2014 the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien is showing the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ever held in Austria. The 150th anniversary of this spectacular artist’s birth is a fitting occasion for holding this exhibition, in which loans from international collections present Lautrec’s multifaceted oeuvre and his extraordinary observational skills in different genres – paintings, works on paper, lithographs and posters.
Besides the illustrious “loud” posters for the pleasure palaces of Montmartre, the foundation of Lautrec’s international fame, we can also discover the lesser known Toulouse Lautrec: paintings in muted colors facilitating an intimate form of portraying human psychology, drawings with pen and pencil, ideal for a pithy characterization of the subject. The linking and juxtaposition of different modes of expression, themes and concepts are a reflection of the artist’s complex figure on the brink between two centuries. A unique show, which illuminates new aspects of one of the great protagonists at the dawning of Modernism.
Curator: Evelyn Benesch
Picture: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, The woman with the black boa, 1892 © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay)/ Hervé Lewandowski
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.
More information and press pack
Picture: Valérie Thomas (dir.), "Gallé au Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy", 2014 © MEN, Editions Snoek