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Happy Art Nouveau World Day! – 10 June 2014

The Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest is organizing again the Art Nouveau World Day, in cooperation with Szecessziós Magazin (Art Nouveau Magazine) and the Partage-Plus Project in 2014. The 10th of June was selected as Art Nouveau World Day, being the anniversary of both Antonio Gaudi and Ödön Lechner – two charismatic architects of the movement, from two edges of the Europe. 2014 marks also the 100th anniversary of the death of Ödön Lechner (10 June).

The Réseau Art Nouveau Network is taking part to this very important day and organises an Art Nouveau selfies contest!
All day long will be published on the Facebook page of the Network the selfies collected for few weeks: feel free to “Like” the selfies you like: the best one – according to the number of “likes” and our choice - will be awarded in the end of afternoon!

Moreover each hour, discover videos or interviews of some of our members to share their knowledge and know more about the Art Nouveau heritage in the cities of our Network!
The videos/interviews will be presented in English or French, official languages of the Network.

La Chaux-de-Fonds
Bad Nauheim
La Habana
Nancy - interview

Check out our Facebook page to discover surprises from our members!

More information about the Art Nouveau World Day and its programme, in which take part some of our members (Aveiro, Brussels, Budapest, Subotica...)!

As Subotica is a member of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network and part of the new European Cultural Route, Subotica Tourist Organization in cooperation with the cultural institutions (City Museum, Modern Gallery "Artistic Encounters", Inter-municipal Institute for Monument Protection and Vojvodina Jews Cultural Institute “dr Milko Izidor") organizes a special guided tour through Art Nouveau buildings (the Synagogue, the Dömötör House (City Museum building), the Raichle Palace (Modern gallery building) and the Leovic Palace (that was designed by Ödön Lehner) to cebrate the Art Nouveau Day. 
Also, inspired by Art Nouveau Selfie Contest they will organize local Art Nouveau Selfie Contest "Secesija” (meaning “Art Nouveau and I”). The best photos will be published on the Subotica Tourism Organization official websitelocal Art Nouveau Facebook page and local Tourist organization Facebook page and will be awarded on June 10th. 
Last, but not the least, the book Art Nouveau in Subotica's Public Collections will be sold at a discount price in Subotica City Musem on June 10th.

Enjoy and have a great Art Nouveau World Day!

Picture: Terrassa, (c) RANN - Photographer: Serge Brison

Call for proposals Mission on Art Nouveau in Brussels – until 13 June 2014

The Monuments and Sites Directorate of the Brussels-Capitale Region, project leader of the “Art Nouveau & Ecology” project, supported by the Culture Programme 2007-2013 of the European Commission and organised by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, proposes to financially support a scientific or technical mission of three days, in Belgium or in another country of the European Union, as long as the mission will be performed before the end of March 2015 and it will provide a new element to our knowledge of the Art Nouveau of Brussels.
The proposals (to be developed on max. two A4 pages) must be sent by post to the following address, before 13 June 2014:

Conde-Reis Guy
Service public régional de Bruxelles
Bruxelles Développement urbain • Direction des Monuments et des Sites
CCN • Rue du Progrès, 80 bte 1 • 1030 Bruxelles
Tél. : +32 2 204 20 70 • Fax. : +32 2 204 15 22

Only one proposal will be selected.
The Monuments and Sites Directorate will cover the (capped) travel and accommodation expenses as well as a fixed per-diem.

Call for proposals in Dutch

Picture: Brussels, Picture of Serge Brison, (c)Réseau Art Nouveau Network

Exhibition European Cultural Routes at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg – 23 to 27 June 2014

The Creative Europe Desk Hungary - commissioned by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources - is organising an exhibition in the premises of Council of Europe in Strasbourg during the Parliamentary Assembly between 23 and 27 June. Five European Cultural Routes will be promoted on this occasion, among them the Réseau Art Nouveau Network!

More information to come

Picture: Logo of European Institute of Cultural Routes

The Synagogue of Subotica listed as one of the Europe’s 7 most endangered monuments and sites by Europa Nostra

Europa Nostra announced on 4 May in Vienna the list of the Europe’s 7 most endangered monuments and sites, among them, the Synagogue in Subotica.

This is one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau religious architecture in Central Europe. Designed by Hungarian architects Marcell Komor and Dezsö Jakab and built in 1902, the Synagogue of Subotica combines a modern concrete and steel structure with traditional decorative elements from Hungarian Folk Art. It is acknowledged as a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance.

At the time the synagogue was built the city had a large Jewish population of around 3,000 people. After World War II, this number fell and a building of this size could no longer be sustained. Nonetheless, the synagogue remains of huge importance to the Jewish community both locally and internationally.
The building was used by the Subotica National Theatre for a number of years but is now empty, with visitor access available only one day a week, and its condition has inevitably deteriorated.

Despite the restoration works undertaken in recent decades, the building remains highly endangered. International expertise and solidarity are needed to save this architectural and cultural gem. Urgent action is therefore needed.

Rescue missions will be organised during and after the summer and feasible action plans proposed by the end of the year.

Source: Europa Nostra
More information about this and the Europa Nostra programme

Picture: Synagogue of Subotica, Marcell Komor and Dezsö Jakab, 1902, photo by Viktorika Aladzic

Publication Emile and Henriette Gallé Correspondence 1875-1904 

Publication recommended by our partner of Ecole de Nancy Museum

If the "Writings for art” which brings together many texts of Gallé that his wife Henriette published in 1908, four years after the death of her husband, say a lot of our artist (born in 1846 in Nancy, where he died in 1904 ), they do not tell the whole story. Only his extensive correspondence enables actually to grasp his complex personality of man and artist. What is revealed here is certainly the inaccessible part, also the most intimate, of the correspondence of our artist which must be considered as unpublished: the one, crossed between the two spouses, preserved by their descendants.

Published by the Bibliothèque des arts
Softback, 352 pages, 16 color illustrations, 29 €
ISBN 978-2-88453-179-5

Picture: Illustrated with the coupe Roses de France, conserved at the École de Nancy Museum

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Responsible publisher: Arlette Verkruyssen, General Director,
Brussels Regional Public Service - Bruxelles Développement urbain (Brussels Urban Development),
CCN - Rue du Progrès 80, B. 1, 1035 Brussels - Belgium