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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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Exhibition Egon Schiele The Jubilee Show at the Leopold Museum in Vienna – from 23 February to 10 March 2019

In 2018, 100 years after his death, a special exhibition is dedicated to the central artist of the Leopold Museum’s collection, Egon Schiele (1890–1918): unique in its combination of paintings, works on paper and archival material, the exhibition touches upon the most important themes in the artist’s oeuvre: first of all, his self-confident breaking with traditions and his evolution as an expressive artist, followed by motivic groups including the ambivalent figure of the mother and the taboo-breaking depictions of young girls and boys, themes such as spirituality and metamorphosis, his enigmatic houses and landscapes, as well as his tension-filled and complex analyses in his portrait depictions.

The emphases of the exhibition are derived from those of the history-making Leopold collections: in terms of the oil paintings and works on paper, the emphasis is on the Expressionist years from 1910–1914, with a third of the works on paper each dedicated to his self-portraits, his portraits and nude renderings of girls and finally those of grown-up women. The paintings, meanwhile, touch upon all the themes mentioned above. Along with the comprehensive museum collection, whose works on paper will be shown in three separate stages for conservational reasons, individual eminent Schiele works from international collections will feature in the jubilee exhibition as “noble guests”.

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Picture: Egon Schiele, Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait), 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna

Exhibition Klimt-Moser-Gerstl at the Leopold Museum in Vienna – from 6 December 2018 to 10 March 2019

The Leopold Museum houses the world’s largest and most eminent compilation of works by Egon Schiele as well as an equally unique collection of masterpieces of Viennese art around 1900. The exhibition KLIMT – MOSER – GERSTL showcases select works by the main exponents of Viennese Jugendstil, Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser, as well as by the pioneering Expressionist Richard Gerstl.

Icons of Viennese Modernism, such as Gustav Klimt’s Death and Life (1911/15) and the 1900 lakescape On Lake Attersee, are presented alongside Kolo Moser’s Venus in the Grotto (1914). The radical works by the Proto-Expressionist Richard Gerstl, who features more prominently in the Leopold Museum than in any other museum collection, are an expression of Gerstl’s radical rejection of the beautiful lines and esthetics of Viennese Jugendstil. The focus will be on Gerstl’s two largescale selfportraits which are both an expression of the artist’s doubts and selfquestioning as well as a symbol for the emergence of Austrian art into a new era.

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Picture: Gustav Klimt, Death and life, 1910/11, reworked 1915/16 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, inv. 630

Exhibition To freshly dare the new! at Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt - from 21 October 2018 to 24 February 2019


From October 21, 2018 to February 24, 2019, the Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt will celebrate the 150th birthday of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine with an exhibition in the Ernst Ludwig House, today’s Artists’ Colony Museum. The exhibition will not be biographical in nature, but will feature the creative work of the multi-talented Grand Duke.

This first-of-its-kind exhibition will present a multifaceted compilation of the Grand Duke’s poems, musical compositions, theatre plays, expressive watercolors, philanthropic projects, as well as public relations activities.

Thus, the exhibition will illustrate the often-quoted guiding principle of Ernst Ludwig: “Have reverence for the past and the courage to freshly dare the new.”

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Picture: Portrait of the Grand duke Ernst Ludwig von Hessen und bei Rhein © Grand Ducal Hessian family archive in the Hessian State Archive Darmstadt

Exhibition Egon Schiele at the lower Belvedere in Vienna – from 19 October 2018 to 17 February 2019

The making of a collection

“[…] I think it may be time for at least one painting to be hanging at the St.-G. [Staatsgalerie].”
Egon Schiele to his friend and patron Arthur Roessler, 21 June 1916

His wish would be fulfilled as there are now a total of twenty works by Egon Schiele in the Belvedere’s collection, including two permanent loans. 2018 is the centenary of his death. Marking this occasion, an in-depth exhibition considers all of the artist’s works that are – or were – in the Belvedere’s collection. It traces the genesis of a collection and also presents new findings about Schiele’s works. Highlights include Eduard Kosmack, Portrait of Wally Neuzil, Facade of a House, Death and Maiden, Embrace, and Four Trees.

Curator Kerstin Jesse answers questions about the works’ acquisition and motifs, shedding light, for example, on the people portrayed in the images. The show is enriched by many loans, especially preliminary studies and sketches related to the works at the Belvedere. Preparations for the exhibition included scientific analyses resulting in new findings about the artist’s painting technique and working methods and these will also be presented for the first time. In addition, it features a selection of papers and documents from the archives, some which have never been on public view before and offer deeper insights into the acquisition histories and the fates of individual collectors.

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Picture: Egon Schiele, Embrace, 1917 © Belvedere, Vienna

Exhibition Horta motifs at the Autrique House in Brussels - from 18 April 2018 to 27 January 2019

Fabric and wallpaper in Brussels houses

Art Nouveau was a very significant period for the creation of wallpaper and fabrics. Inside Art Nouveau buildings, both Victor Horta and his contemporaries gave meaning to the concept of total art and revolutionised the applied arts, abolishing the hierarchy between different forms of plastic art. Original motifs, complex craftwork... the exhibition restores this fragile heritage to its rightful place in the history of forms.

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Picture: Horta's motifs © Maison Autrique

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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