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Conference Galileo Chini at the Terme Berzieri in Salsomaggiore – on 12 february 2014

On 12 February 2014 will take place the conference “Galileo Chini. From the Palace of the throne of Bangkok to the Water Temple of Salsomaggiore” at the Terme Berzieri in Salsomaggiore, in order to pay tribute to the travel of Galileo Chini to the Siam (1911-1913) and his artistic contribution to the decoration of the spa building of Salsomaggiore.

Programme of the event

Photo: Poster of the conference “Galileo Chini. From the Palace of the throne of Bangkok to the Water Temple of Salsomaggiore”

Reopening of the Casa Lleó Morera in Barcelone – from 20 January 2014

The company Núñez i Navarro, owner of the Casa Lleó Morera (35 Passeig de Gràcia) reopens to the public this Modernist building of Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
From 20 January 2014, guided tours will be offered from Monday to Saturday in Catalan, Spanish and English. Guided tours will not only enable to discover the history of the building and of the family who lived there, but also to admire rooms of the main floor where is conserved the work of artists and craftsmen who realized its decoration: mosaic, stained-glasses, sculptures and panellings.
The building was opened for the last time to the public with guided tours from 1997 to 1999, while it hosted the Information Center of the Ruta Europea del Modernisme in Barcelona.

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Photo: Casa Lleó Morera, source: www.casalleomorera.com

Exhibition Mysteria: The Unveiled Secrets at the MMCAT in Barcelona – until 23 February 2014

The Museu del Modernisme Català presents its first temporary exhibition, Mysteria. A tour of the hidden beauty of the works, together with the scientific rigor of his detailed analysis shows the occult for over a hundred years. Thanks to a research project with the help of Actio, Art and Science, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, was subjected to the analysis of infrared reflectometry pictures of the collection of the museum, which has made a selection.

Works of Laurea Barrau, Pedro Borrell, Joan Brull, Gaspar Campos, Ramon Casas, Josep Cusachs, Baldomer Galofré Joan Llaverias, Roman Bank and Antoni Utrillo were submitted to the exhibition studies. This valuable information brings an unusual and fascinating personality and character, sometimes bold and sometimes perfectionist, of the protagonists of Modernisme.

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Photo: Poster of the exhibition Mysteria: The Unveiled Secrets, MMCAT

Three new purchases for the Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy in 2013

A chair, attributed to Émile André, the Chestnut leaves table (around 1896) of Louis Majorelle as well as works of Lucien Weissengburger’s funds - the architect ruler and paintings designed by Majorelle, watercolour of Lucien Weissenburger, gouache of Charbonnier… - are now part of the Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy’s collections.

Presentation of the purchases

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Photo: Louis Majorelle,Table Feuilles de marronniers, vers 1896, MEN

Exhibition The Cradle of Art Nouveau. Victor Horta and Brussels at the Halles Saint-Géry in Brussels – from 8 January to 16 March 2014

The Monuments and Sites Department of the Brussels-Capital Region in cooperation with Visit Brussels, invite you to discover the exhibition “The Cradle of Art Nouveau. Victor Horta and Brussels”.

After its presentation at the American Institute of Architects in Washington in 2012, this travelling exhibition developed in four languages is organized from 8 January until 16 March 2014 at the Halles Saint-Géry, at the heart of Brussels.

Richly illustrated, the exhibition highlights the most beautiful realisations of the architect Victor Horta, registered on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and plunge the visitor in the intimacy of the creation of one of the greatest Art Nouveau artists, movement which has revolutionized the European spatial and architectural conceptions at the dawn of the XXth century. The Tassel, Solvay and Van Eetvelde Hôtels, as well as the personal house of the architect mix with the dismantled magnificence of the Aubecq Hôtel, demolished during the 1950’s, but of which a part of the façades, as a giant jigsaw, was recently put back together.

Free entrance from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Photo: Poster of the exhibition

Travelling exhibition « The Nature of Art Nouveau » in Helsinki and Brussels - from 4 October 2013

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 in Helsinki and Brussels.

Helsinki, Helsinki City Museum - from 4 October to 16 February 2014
Brussels, Brussels Info Place - from 4 October to 1 December 2013
Free entrance

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Poster of the exhibition in Helsinki
Poster of the exhibition in Brussels

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Photo: Poster of the exhibition in Helsinki, graphic designer: Fargas-Garau

Lecture The Nature of Art Nouveau at the Poirel Room in Nancy – on 9 December 2013

Lecture given in French by Hélène Guéné Loyer, Professor Emeritus from Universities.

A lecture offered by the Association of the friends of the Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy and by the Cercle GAREN, in the framework of the exhibition "The Nature of Art Nouveau" organized by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network.
Free entrance, 6 pm.

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Presentation of the lecture in French

Photo: Flyer of the lecture "The Nature of Art Nouveau", Nancy

Exhibition Interiors of Modernisme: Gaspar Homar and Joan Busquets at the MNAC in Barcelona – until 31 December 2013

Organised by Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

The search for beauty, utility and comfort and a certain element of exhibitionistic luxury are essentials of Modernism, as found in the interiors of bourgeois housing. Together with architects, carpenter-decorators became a fashionable profession, receiving commissions from the bourgeois and concerning themselves with the furniture design and decoration of the houses; a reflection of the tastes of the time and the new way of living.

Gaspar Homar and Joan Busquets are two outstanding examples of this profession. The Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya holds a notable range their work, both projects and furniture.

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Photo: Two-bodies Vitrine with mirror (1907-1908), Gaspar Homar, MNAT

The RANN’s Website now in Latvian and Portuguese!

After the new Finnish and Dutch versions, discover now the Réseau Art Nouveau Network's members and activities in Latvian and Portuguese!

Photo: Riga,(c) RANN

Opening of the Fin-de-siècle Museum in Brussels – from 6 December 2013

These works will reflect the multitude of artistic disciplines between 1865 and the founding of the Société libre des Beaux-Arts, and 1914.

Famous visual artists like Constantin Meunier, James Ensor, Henri Evenepoel, Fernand Khnopff, Léon Spilliaert and Georges Minne testify to the effervescent activity of this period, reflected also in all other creative fields: literature, opera, music, architecture, photography and poetry (Maurice Maeterlinck, Emile Verhaeren, Octave Maus, Victor Horta, Henry Van de Velde, Maurice Kufferath, Guillaume Lekeu and others).
Art Nouveau architecture will also be evoked by means of a 3D projection.

Located at the heart of Brussels, where between 1884 and 1914 the exhibitions of Les XX and La Libre Esthétique made the city one of the artistic capitals of the late nineteenth century, this museum will be distinguished by its multidisciplinary nature, through a partnership formed with the Royal Library, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, the Royal Museums of Art and History, Cinematek, the Bibliotheca Wittockiana, the King Baudouin Foundation and the Brussels Capital Region for housing the Gillion Crowet collection, which will be one of the museum's highlights.

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Photo: Alphonse Mucha : “The Nature”, 1899-1900. Gillion Crowet dation-in-payment to the Brussels-Capital Region, 2006. Collection in Trust of the RMFAB — Photo : Bruno Piazza (Gillion Crowet)

Exhibition Henry van de Velde, Passion - Function – Beauty at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels – from 13 September to 12 January 2013

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry van de Velde, the exhibition Henry van de Velde – Passion - Function - Beauty will be a chronological survey of the life and work of this multi-facetted artist, based on a never previously seen assembly of works of art and a multitude of documents, including photographs and letters. It is being set up by the Royal Museums of Art and History in co-operation with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and will be held from 13 September 2013 to 12 January 2014 at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels, following a previous showing in the spring of 2013 at the Neues Museum Weimar. Numerous other activities to do with Van de Velde and organized by other bodies will be taking place in the margins of this retrospective.

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Presentation of the exhibition in French and Dutch

Photo: Henry Van de Velde, source: http://www.kmkg-mrah.be/

Exceptional opening of three prestigious Art Nouveau mansions in Brussel – from May to December 2013

The Max Hallet House (V. Horta), the Solvay House (V. Horta) and the Ciamberlani House (P. Hankar) will be exceptionally open to the public on the first Saturdays of May, June, September, November and December 2013 for visits in French and English organised by the Voir & Dire Bruxelles association.

See the presentation leaflet

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Photo: Ciamberlani Hotel, presentation leaflet, source: www.voiretdirebruxelles.be

Call for papers Art nouveau revisited: trends and peculiarities in Brussels – from 13 to 14 February 2014

As part of the European Partage Plus project, on the 13th and 14th February 2014 KIK-IRPA will hold a symposium dedicated to the study of Art Nouveau. It will be the 15th art history seminar, an initiative of the Documentation department of KIK-IRPA:

Art nouveau revisited: trends and peculiarities

Emphasis will be laid on the different coexisting trends and peculiarities of art nouveau, both in Belgium and abroad. Freed from the yoke of historicism, artists and craftsmen drew their inspiration from highly diverse sources, revisiting local cultures and celebrating secular artisanal techniques (wrought iron, hammering, sgraffito, ceramics, stained glass…) and regional materials. The invention of this unique decorative vocabulary was enriched by the assimilation of organic forms inspired by nature, archetypes of industrial civilization as well as japonism.

The symposium will be a unique opportunity to present the variety of examples from our cultural heritage as well as to exchange point of views on the matter.

If you would like to give a presentation on this issue, please send following documents to artnouveau@kikirpa.be before the 20th of December : a short summary of maximum 15 lines, a provisional title, your CV and a list of publications. The presentations, which will last about thirty minutes each, will be given in French, Dutch or English.

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Photo: Personal House of Edouard Frankinet, avenue des Rogations 21 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. Source: www.kikirpa.be

Participation of the RANN at the international colloquium Symbolism and modern aesthetic in the Balkans in Paris – 8 and 9 November 2013

Scientific committee Catherine Méneux HiCSA, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Adriana Sotropa, Centre François-Georges Pariset, Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3

With the support of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute, of the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Cultural Center of Serbia

Very little present in the general histories of European art, the Balkans – considered here in their historical and cultural meaning and not only geographical – reflects to a white spot in the cartography of the European Symbolism. The use of this category in local art histories has never been the subject of comparative studies and was only rarely compared with the occidental situation.
This colloquium suggests tackling questions linked to the reception of Symbolism, to the use and the diffusion of similar terms or categories, related or adversary in the art critic and in historiography of this part of Europe.
Breda Mihelic, President of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network Association will present its members and its activites for this occasion.

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Photo: Stefan Luchian, Decorative panel. The Spring, around 1900, National Art Museum of Romania, Bucharest

Exhibition Henry van de Velde. Letters of architects at the KBR in Brussels – from 26 September to 30 November 2013

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Henry van de Velde’s birth, the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique (Royal Library of Belgium), the Centrum Vlaamse architectuurarchieven (Flamish Center of architecture archives) and the Archives & Musée de la Littérature (Archives and Museum of Litterature) pay tribute to this great architect through an exhibition devoted to his correspondence.
The exhibition “Henry van de Velde. Letters of architects” let us enter into the intimacy of friendships built up by this great Belgian in this world of international architecture. It covers his “second Belgian period” and the last years of his life, spent in Switzerland, from 1926 to 1957.

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Photo: Van de Velde at his desk in Oberägeri,(c) Archief Raphael Verwilghen, Leuven


With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union