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Victor Horta Revisited! The art of living and shopping

BELvue Museum
From 5 October to 4 December 2011

The Art of Living focuses on Horta’s innovations in the programme of civil living and the diaspora of his concepts on Brussels and Europe. Horta designed the most optimal living and residential environment. To Horta Living means an act and atmosphere at the same time. With nature as benchmark he takes stone, glass and metal to form a biomorphous architecture sprouting from the way people are and live.
the Art of Shopping reflects the times when Emile Zola wrote his novel Au bonheur des Dames in 1883 and focuses on shopping in stores and warehouses designed by Horta and the atmosphere of shopping at the turn of the century in 1900 in Brussels and Europe.
Admission free.



Photo: Victor Horta

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art acquires Key Work by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh

Supported by the Art Fund

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is delighted to announce the acquisition of The Mysterious Garde (1911) by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (1865-1933). This stunning work is a superb addition to the Gallery's holding of early twentieth-century Scottisch art. The acquisition has been made in celebration of the Gallery's 50th anniversary which took place in 2010. The Mysterious Garden was purchased for £230,000 from the Fine Art Society, London with substancial assistance of £115,000 from the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for works of art.
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Photo: The mysterious Garden, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, source: La Tribune de l'Art.

Two cities of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in the French broadcast "Des racines et des ailes"

Françoise Aubry (Horta Museum) and Helen Kendrick (Glasgow City Heritage Trust) spoke about Victor Horta and Charles Rennie Mackintosh during the reporting "Art Nouveau Masters" in the french TV broadcast "Des racines et des ailes, le nouvel Orsay", on the 9th November 2011.
The broadcast will be repeated on the 24. November at 21.08 and on the 28. November at 13.59 on the channel TV5 Monde.
Watch the broadcast (in French) 

Photo: Des racines et des ailes le nouvel Orsay, source:

7TH Cultural Heritage Conference - CX La Pedrera

Historic Buildings as Cultural Centers: Architectural Work
Thursday, 10 November 2011

CatalunyaCaixa’s Social Project holds the seventh Cultural Heritage Conference, in collaboration with the University of Barcelona and the Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch). This year the conference is on historic buildings as cultural centres and will focus on the tension or opportunity for architectural work, striking a balance between conservation and new designs and analysing the role of the Land Use Plan. A number of specialists will present the subject and give specific national and international cases. The conference is open to professionals from different areas, representatives of public and private organisations and anyone interested in all aspects of heritage.

Auditorium CX La Pedrera, Passeig de Gràcia, 92 . Barcelona
Free admission. Limited places
Simultaneous interpretation available.

Photo: Antoni Gaudi Calvet, La Pedrera (Casa Mià), 1912, Rear façade (c) Xavi Padros.

The city at the turn of the XXth century between nationalism and modernity urban extensions and Art Nouveau, French Institute of Budapest - 27 to 29 October 2011

On the occasion of a reflection on preservation, restauration and enhacing of the urban heritage linked to the urban transformations at the turn of the XXth century, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network and the City of Nancy have been invited by the French Institute of Budapest to speak during this symposium which will take place on the thursday 27th and wednesday 28th in Budapest and on the saturday 29th in Oreada. The symposium will be held in French, Hungarian and Rumanian.
Programme in Hungarian

Photo: Nancy, Emile Gallé, lampe"Ombelles", Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, ca.1902

Gustav Klimt / Josef Hoffmann - Pionners of Modernism at the Belvedere, Vienna - 25 October 2011 to 4 March 2012

The Belvedere owns the world’s largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt. In autumn 2011, it will present this world-famous artist together with the congenial architect and designer Josef Hoffmann. Their intense collaboration, such in the Beethoven Exhibition at the Vienna Secession (1902) and the Stoclet Palace in Brussels (1905-12), set new standards in Europe when it comes to the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk. Numerous works, such as Klimt’s Portrait of Fritza Riedler, which clearly reflects Hoffmann’s characteristic hand, attest to the two pioneers’ mutual influence, which in this comprehensive exhibition is also explored with regard to their involvement in the Wiener Werkstätte.


The Art of the Poster at the Hunterian Gallery, Glasgow - 8 October 2011 - 8 January 2012

In the late 19th century many artists exploited new printing techniques to create striking poster designs. This display features innovative work by Mackintosh, the Macdonald sisters, Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha and Jules Cheret. The display has been made possible with support from Museums Galleries Scotland.


Biennial Art Nouveau 2011 in Brussels - 8 to 30 October 2011

In 2011, the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Biennial Event will once again open the doors of magnificent Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings in Brussels...
This year, we have the pleasure of celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Victor Horta, one of the most famous Brussels architects.
Horta was an exceptional architect, a leader of the Art Nouveau movement, who not only created a style of architecture which completely changed the distribution of interior spaces while using the highest-quality materials and finishes, but also used his great talent to create different sorts of buildings: private houses,a school and a department store. You will be able to enjoy discovering most of Horta's remaining buildings in Brussels during the Biennial art Nouveau Event, including the Tassel House, the Solvay House, the Max Hallet House, the Autrique House, the Frison House, Horta's own house, offices and workshops, the Vinck House, the Winssinger House, the Van Eetvelde House, the Primary School in the Rue Saint Ghislain and the former Wolfers jewellery shop. These buildings are some of the 66 Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings that are not usually open to the public that will be opening to the public during the weekends of the Biennial Art Nouveau Event. In addition to the programme of guided tours of the interiors of these buildings, there will also be 4 special showings of films at the Cinematek (the Brussels Film Museum), a conference on Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and you can choose your favourites from the wide range of guided tours organised by the member associations of Voir et Dire Bruxelles!
Enjoy your tours and (re)-discoveries!
Isabelle Paelinck, President of Voir et Dire Bruxelles

Download the leaflet (French-Dutch-English)



 An Art Nouveau research project by a young Slovenian girl

 We are publishing the research project by Sanja Halb entitled "The decoration on Secessionist buildings of Ljubljana and Vienna", which was done in the 9th class of primary school Sv.Jurij in Rogaševci, Slovenia. The work won the golden medal at the national contest of young researchers 2011, organized by the  Association for Technical Culture of Slovenia.
Document (in Slovene)

Photo: Serge Brison. Copyright: Réseau Art Nouveau Network

Building for a new life at the Jugendstilsenteret, Alesund - 24 September to 31 May 2012

The photo exhibition " Building for a new Life" shows the construction of the art nouveau buildings of Bad Nauheim (Germany). The Photos were taken by the photographer Albert Schmidt during the construction 1905 - 1911 of the spa complex Sprudelhof. The building site, the bath houses, charming open court yards, bath cells as well as the technical facilities were built in  Art Nouveau style. The photos do not only show the architecture but also the spa life, so it can be called a sociology of working and cultural life.
This exhibition, created in 2006 for the 100th anniversary of Sprudelhof, was presented in the Goethe Institue in Brussels in 2007 and travels for the second time to a Réseau Art Nouveau Network partner abroad, i.e. in Alesund.
Some original object from bath cells, like clocks, tiles as well as historic maps, postcards and documents on Norwegian spa guests in Bad Nauheim complete the presentation.


Akseli Gallen-Kallela - European Master - at the Helsinki Art Museum - from 23 September 2011 to 15 January 2012

Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s (1865-1931) artistic work shows boundless sensitivity and yet also a passionate desire to express. It contains both small-scale works and monumental compositions. His character was a combination of sustained political conviction and mercurial impulsiveness. He was prone to both wanderlust and homesickness. It was this weaving together of opposites that formed the core of Gallen-Kallela’s art and which suggests links with Finnish history as much as with the broad directions of modern art.
The works in the exhibition are mainly from 1884-1910, a period easily described as the peak of Gallen-Kallela’s output. It is also a period in European art history that both preceded and anticipated the forward march of abstract art. During that time Gallen-Kallela was known as an artist whose distinctive Nordic style and idiom stood apart from that of most other artists. It was possible to become familiar with his work through many exhibitions around Europe. Important critics wrote about him, and he was well known in avant-garde circles. In Finland, he was known as a leading artist of the emerging nation and as a pioneer of the visual arts.
This exhibition presents the artist’s aesthetically most brilliant peak, a selection of masterworks. After Helsinki the exhibition will be presented in Paris and Düsseldorf. It is the broadest survey of Gallen-Kallela’s art ever organised in France or Germany.
This exhibition is organised by the Helsinki Art Museum, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.


"Melancholy and Provocation. The Egon Schiele-Project" at the Leopold Museum in Vienna - 23 September 2011 to 16 April 2012

On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Leopold Museum will dedicate its 2011 autumn exhibition to the oeuvre of EgonSchiele. The exhibition’s title “Melancholy and Provocation” refers primarily to the early oeuvre of the artist who died in 1918 when only 28 years of age. For Schiele‘s early chief works, which he created from 1910 when he was only 20 years old, are characterized by a strong sense of melancholy and sadness, but also by his fascination with the unusual and the ecstatic. His first solo exhibition, held at the art salon Miethke in 1911, was dominated by elegiac works, revealing a dark and mystical coloring, a melancholy subject matter as well as the artist’s radically physical manner of self-portrayal. Source: 


Brussels Heritage Days -17 & 18 September 2011

While it is relatively simple to create optimal conditions for the protection of a work of art in a museum, it is infinitely more complexwhen it comes to monuments. Monuments are constantly exposed toenvironmental conditions and quite frequently adapted to meet new needs during their existence. Besides the assignment of a building canchange as well. In these circumstances, the question is not only how to maintain it, but also to define what to maintain. The restoration and conservation are tools that contribute to the preservation of amonument or a landscape for the future.


La Veranda de La Salle by Jacques Gruber at the CIC Agency of Nancy - 16 September to 30 October 2011

Patron of the Ecole de Nancy Museum for over 30 years, the bank CIC is partnering again this year at the event organized by the Museum around Gruber.
From September 16 to October 30, 2011, the bank shows two novel parts of La Véranda de La Salle restored with its assistance in the lobby of the agency 4 place André Maginot. 


Activities during the exhibition Jacques Gruber. A Decorative Path in Nancy - 16 September 2011 to 22 January 2012

The exhibition Jacques Gruber. A Decorative Path at the Ensemble Poirel is accompanied by the following various activities:
Guided tours of the exhibition
Privileged visits of the Villa Bergeret (Saturday, 11 a.m.) and of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Meurthe-et-Moselle (Friday, 2 p.m).
Jacques Gruber in the permanent collections of the Ecole de Nancy Museum
Jacques Gruber and the Villa Majorelle : guided tours by reservation on Saturday and Sunday (10.30, 11.45, 2.30 and 3.45).
Stained-glass windows in the city. Gruber path in Nancy : Iphone application and PDF leaflet to be downloaded on
Lecture dedicated to Jacques Gruber by Roselyne Bouvier and Francis Roussel, organised by the Garen Club and Aamen, Salle Poirel, Thursday, September 20th (6.00 p.m.).
Night of Art Nouveau : an animated path in the city centre on the footsteps of Jacques Gruber and the Ecole de Nancy, Saturday, September 17th (8.00 p.m. to midnight).


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


With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union