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Exhibition Diversity of architecture – Architecture of diversity at the Arts House of Uccle in Brussels – from 3 to 21 April 2017

Belgium, and especially Brussels, is a real hub for the spread of architectural ideas, and our architects are precursors and advisers as well as imitators and interpreters.

The aim here is to show to which extent the circulation of ideas and forms contributed to the richness and diversity of the architecture in Brussels, such as the Art Nouveau style, and also how Brussels and its architects had an influence beyond our borders.

The exhibition offers thus tools to understand the various influences that we can find in the architecture in Brussels and learn to read façades that we can find every day.

It is realized on the basis of documents preserved in the collections of the CIVA Foundation.

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Picture: Diversity of architecture – Architecture of diversity in Brussels © Fondation CIVA

Exhibition The Glass of the Architects. Vienna 1900–1937 at MAK in Vienna – from 18 January to 17 April 2017

A cooperation between the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO

After the success of last year’s exhibition The Glass of the Architects in the rooms of LE STANZE DEL VETRO in Venice, which presented over 300 glasses from the period between 1900 and 1937—largely from the MAK Collection—the entire show has now moved to Vienna, where it is on display for the first time.

As designers of glassware, the architects of Viennese Modernism greatly influenced the products’ form and technique, with glass becoming established in this period as the material of modernism, from the last decades of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy to the end of the First Republic.

This exhibition divides the development in Vienna from new glass to modern glass into seven chapters, covering topics such as glass in the Wiener Werkstätte, war glasses, bronzite glass, classical glasses after designs by Josef Hoffmann, and glasses from the glassmaking schools. The glassworks in the exhibition are supplemented by designs by architects of Viennese Modernism as well as by photographs, which document the exhibitions of the time and hence bear witness to the exceptional effect on the public of these radically modern objects.

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Picture: Josef Hoffmann, Goblets © MAK

Wanted: Art Nouveau furniture and equipment from Sprudelhof Bad Nauheim!

The rooms of the historic Sprudelhof in Bad Nauheim were furnished with original Art Nouveau - Jugendstil - furniture. Many of the original furniture in the historic bathhouses got lost due to war times and other changes.

Some members of the Jugendstilverein Bad Nauheim and officials of the Sprudelhof-foundation researched and found some photos of the furniture and other equipment, such as lamps and water taps in the historic county archive of Hessen in Darmstadt.

In the context of some reconstruction of the Sprudelhof, the Jugendstilverein Bad Nauheim tries to buy such things, if they are in private hands. Preferential are originals from Bad Nauheim, but also similar things are required.

Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3

If you have some information or have an offer please contact:

Picture: Lamp in historic Sprudelhof in Bad Nauheim © Jugendstilverein Bad Nauheim

Opening of the extension of the Horta Museum in Brussels

The extension of the Horta Museum was officially opened to the public on 29 October 2016. Its goal: optimize the reception and the functioning of the museum and offer a better setting for the preservation and the consultation of Victor Horta’s archives.

While proposing a contemporary intervention, the project of reallocation took advantage of the existing building, the Hilst House, built in 1900 by the architect Jules Brunfaut.

The extension now welcomes the reception of the administration of the museum and makes available the workshops of drawers, the backstairs, the staff venues and the kitchen of the Horta Museum. The journey in the museum was redesigned with the opening of these new rooms to the public. Exhibition rooms, premises for archives with a better ventilation and also a research center including more than 7.000 books dedicated to Art Nouveau were set in the extension.

Project realized in association with Beliris, the OZON office, the Brussels Capital Region, and the Commune of Saint-Gilles.

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Picture: Horta Museum and the Hilst House © Beliris

Publication Brussels Art NouveauWalks in the heart of the city

This book offers nine walks to discover, in different areas, the numerous facets of Art Nouveau in architecture in Brussels. You discover especially the personality of key architects and the decorative technics such as the sgraffito.

The author also produces the portrait, under the form of interviews, of owners, curators or restorers of Art Nouveau buildings, essential protectors of this exceptional heritage.

Texts of Cécile Dubois and pictures of Sophie Voituron
Published by the Racine publishers

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Picture: Cover of the book "Brussels Art Nouveau" © Racine

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