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The Bigot Pavilion – Art Nouveau Architectural Ceramics from Paris
Dates:26/05/2013-31/08/2014
This year, the Budapest the ensemble of Alexander Bigot’s monumental architectural ceramics can be seen for the first time since the Paris World's Fair of 1900. The ensemble was acquired with government funds by the director Jenő Radisics at the Paris Universal Exposition 1900 and has never been on display so far. Alexander Bigot’s pavilion constructed of Art Nouveau architectural sample pieces –wall revetments, fireplace frames, columns with plastic decorations, brackets, friezes- was bought entirely by the museum and was transported to Budapest after the exposition. The objects were deposited in the huge basement of the Museum of Applied Arts. The designers of the architectural ceramics were such outstanding French architects and sculptors of the period like Jules Lavirotte (1864-1924) or Paul Jouve (1878-1973). Similar pieces of architectural ceramics displayed at the exhibition can be found on facades of several Art Nouveau apartment buildings and palaces in Paris even today. The present exhibition hints at the future of the museum, expressing the desire that many hidden artworks in the collection, such as these, should be displayed – something which will only be possible after the reconstruction of the building designed by Ödön Lechner. The Ceramics Factory Alexandre Bigot (Mer, 1862 – Paris, 1927) established his ceramics manufactory at Mer in 1894, after his extensive studies of the natural sciences, chemistry and physics, and with enthusiasm for far-eastern as well as modern ceramic arts. His factory was producing stoneware fired at high temperatures and known as grès flammés. This material was most suitable for the decoration and panelling of the facades of modern ferro-concrete buildings, but the company also made various dishes and vases. The surface of the ceramics was usually covered with special glazes, including crystalline glazes, which often flowed down on the surface of the plastic forms. He also created special matte glazes, using acids to corrode the surface. At its heyday, the Bigot factory had about hundred and fifty workers. Products of Bigot The rich selection of products by the Bigot factory was listed in their catalogue, issued in second edition in 1902. They offered frost-resisting glazed and unglazed tiles for façade revetments, roof tiles, including ridge-tiles of various shapes, as well as large variety of architectural sculpture, such as columns, pillars, lunettes, lintels, banisters, arches, friezes and parapets. Ceramics for interior use were also quite varied. Flat tiles for floors and walls were often designed with multi-tile ornaments of various shapes. Their ceramics, which were suitable for decorating large surfaces, their fireplaces as well as ornamental vessels were made for the elegant urban interiors of the bourgeoisie. The Magic of Bigot The elegant and well-shaped objects by Bigot, decorated with varied figural and floral motifs and covered with colourful glazes of warm tone provide a unique aesthetic experience. Similar pieces to the ones shown in the present exhibition can be found on the facades of several Parisian apartment buildings and palaces. The architectural ceramics of Alexandre Bigot were made in various historical styles as well as in the style of Art Nouveau, but he never really constrained himself to one style. For him, the challenge was the material and the glazes. The magic of his ceramic objects lies in the glazes which cover his daring and exotic shapes, often flowing down or intentionally blotty, other times appearing in deep tones, or gleaming in thick layers. Most architectural elements used in the pavilion assembled for the Paris World’s Fair were designed for two buildings by Jules Aimé Lavirotte from Lyon (1864-1924), both still standing in the seventh district of Paris.
Budapest
Masters of Art Nouveau in the Collection of the Museum of Applied Arts
Dates:24/05/2013-31/08/2014
The exhibition of the Art Nouveau collection of the Museum of Applied Arts, which met with success in the Musei Capitolini in Rome this spring, is on display in Budapest from 24 May, 2013. The Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest, which came into being modelling the Victoria and Albert Museum, is one of the earliest and most significant institutions in Europe among such museums. Feeling enthusiastic about the success of the Paris Universal Exposition 1867 it was founded in 1872 as the second national museum of Hungary. Ödön Lechner’s architectural work the museum’s Art Nouveau palace, which dominates the townscape, was finished in 1896. The Museum’s Art Nouveau collection is of great importance. The planned acquisition already started on the occasion of the Paris Universal Exposition 1889 and reached its summit at the Paris Universal Exposition 1900. This work could be thanked to the director Jenő Radics who was even more provident than the model museum in London and recognised the aims of Secessionism. He primarily wanted to present the artistic results of England and France to the public, the countries seen as the cradle for modern art movements, as well as the modern artists of Germany and Scandinavia. Due to this effort, the museum obtained notable pieces, such as the glassware of the Tiffany company that is in a class of its own today, the most beautiful works of the German Jugendstil, the tapestries of the Scherrebek weaving school based on the designs of Otto Eckman as well as Danish and Swedish porcelains. The such acquired artefacts, which represented the contemporary tendencies, were presented to the Hungarian public through the museum’s own exhibitions inspiring the Hungarian designers and producers. This is how Louis Comfort Tiffany’s glassware made by lustre techniques, which were exhibited in Budapest, influenced the artistic work of the Hungarian Zsolnay ceramic-manufactory. Over and above universal masterpieces, the Museum of Applied Arts also purchased contemporary Hungarian artefacts year after year. The main emphasis of the programme 2013 of the Museum of Applied Arts is to display this internationally significant Art Nouveau collection both to the national and international public. Part of the Hungarian-Italian Cultural Year 2013 this spring the Museum of Applied Arts organised a large-scale exhibition displaying almost 100 objects in the Musei Capitolini in Rome, which exhibition can now be seen in the Üllői street building. It represents the technological and artistic innovations of the heyday of Secessionism with outstanding artefacts from the period between the Paris Universal Exposition 1889 and the Turin Universal Exposition of Decorative Art 1911 and shows the influences among the different artistic fields and among the artists from different nationalities. The glass and ceramic objects –masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Émile Gallé, the Daum brothers and the Zsolnay factory- which form the main part of the exhibition is enriched by jewels (René Lalique) and tapestries (József Rippl-Rónai, Otto Eckmann). Further relevance of the exhibition is given by the fact that Art Nouveau objects are continuously uploaded to the institution’s recently launched online collection database, in the course of the Partage Plus digitisation project which is sponsored by the European Union. The Museum of Applied Arts digitise more thousand pieces of its own European ranking Art Nouveau collection as well as outstanding Art Nouveau buildings of Hungary, which will be made available even through the Europeana cultural web database. Also in the framework of the Partage Plus project, a 360 degree virtual tour of the exhibition was also created, which can be accessed via this link.
 
John Ruskin | Artist and Observer
Dates:04/07/2014-28/09/2014
John Ruskin (1819-1900) is renowned as the greatest British art critic of the nineteenth century and the champion of Turner, but his role as an artist remains relatively little known. He was however an outstanding draughtsman and watercolour painter, who especially took inspiration from the natural world and architectural subjects. This exhibition will illustrate, with the finest examples, the range and quality of his drawn and painted work. Gothic palaces in Venice, wild and spectacular Scottish and Alpine landscapes, and minutely defined and brilliantly coloured birds and plants will all be highlights of the show. The loans will chiefly come from the key UK and US collections (both public and private), and the exhibition is a prestigious collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. It is especially fitting that John Ruskin: Artist and Observer should be showcased in Edinburgh, as Ruskin came from a Scottish family, visited Scotland many times, and was a passionate advocate for the beauty of its landscapes and literary heritage. Key episodes in his public and private life were enacted here. A major, scholarly catalogue complementing the exhibition is to be published by the National Gallery of Canada.
Aix-les-Bains
Visite guidée Art nouveau et Art déco
Dates:24/09/2014-24/09/2014
Lieu : Aix-les-Bains Tarif : Adulte : de 7 à 7,50 €, enfant : 5,50 € Rendez-vous à l'Office de Tourisme
Glasgow
Commonwealth Lecture Series - Place-making and Sustainability
Dates:04/06/2014-03/09/2014
Glasgow City Heritage Trust is happy to announce The Commonwealth Lecture Series. The lectures will cover a wide range of innovative and exciting topics, including “Sustainable Development in World Heritage Cities” by Elene Neguisse, and our partner from Barcelona, Lluis Bosch Pascual, Head of the Routes and Publications department of the Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council will explain “How Barcelona became a tourist destination”.
Walthamstow, London
Help is better than sympathy Frank Brangwyn and the First World War
Dates:24/05/2014-14/09/2014
At the start of the First World War, more than a million Belgian refugees fled the advancing armies, seeking sanctuary abroad. Around 250,000 made it to England – one of the largest groups of refugees in British history - and found a sympathetic welcome. Local relief committees formed all over the country, raising funds to sustain them during their time in exile. The exhibition takes its title from a poster designed by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) for the Belgian & Allies Aid League. “Will you help these sufferers from the war to start a new home”, it asks. “Help is better than sympathy.” Bruges-born Brangwyn, already a well-known and successful artist before 1914, became a prolific poster-maker during the war and his designs became synonymous with First World War propaganda. Many present the horrors of the war, while others aim to recruit soldiers and vilify the enemy. One propaganda poster in particular was so violent that the German Kaiser allegedly put a price on Brangwyn’s head. Help is better than sympathy presents some of Brangwyn’s best known posters, including ‘The Retreat from Antwerp’, alongside lesser known work. Shown together they offer an opportunity to examine Brangwyn’s attitude to the First World War, and the Belgian refugees in particular, using the Gallery’s rich collection. Find out more about Frank Brangwyn by exploring the Frank Brangwyn theme or by browsing the collection online. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm; free
Bruxelles
Les galeries d’art à Saint-Gilles - Arkadia
Dates:13/12/2014-13/12/2014
Grâce à la réputation des collectionneurs, le nombre de galeries d’art augmente sans cesse à Bruxelles. C’est dans le quartier de Saint-Gilles que nous en découvrirons quelques unes dans des lieux souvent inédits, comme l’ancien hôtel Winssinger de Victor Horta. Une découverte autant artistique que patrimoniale.
Brussels
Brussels 1900 Art nouveau - ARAU
Dates:13/12/2014-13/12/2014
Over the last 30 years, this coach tour has proved the most popular and well-known of ARAU - www.arau.org’s tours. The tour helps participants to understand the place of Art nouveau in Brussels, its origins, its technical and stylistic characteristics, and the personalities of its most well-known architects. The tour travels through several districts of the city to show participants beautiful Art nouveau facades, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tour also offers the chance to visit extraordinary Art nouveau interiors, including some not normally open to the public. Each tour includes at least two interiors from the following list, subject to availability : Victor Horta’s van Eetvelde house, Winssinger house, Autrique house or Waucquez store (now the Belgian Strip Cartoon Centre), Jules Brunfaut’s Hannon house, Henri Jacobs’ Schaerbeek School No.1. BILINGUAL TOUR (EN/FR)
Bruxelles
Bruxelles 1900 Art nouveau - ARAU
Dates:13/12/2014-13/12/2014
Cette visite en car constitue, depuis plus de 30 ans, l’offre phare de l’ARAU - www.arau.org. Elle permet de comprendre la place de l’Art nouveau à Bruxelles et l’originalité de ce mouvement qui bouleversa l’architecture et les arts décoratifs à la fin du 19e siècle. À travers la ville, le visiteur découvre les plus belles façades de l’Art nouveau dont certaines sont désormais inscrites au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Cette visite est également l’occasion de pénétrer dans des intérieurs remarquables, parfois ouverts exceptionnellement : l’hôtel van Eetvelde, l’hôtel Winssinger, la maison Autrique ou les anciens magasins Waucquez (actuellement Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée) de Victor Horta, l’hôtel Hannon de Jules Brunfaut ou encore l’école n°1 d’Henri Jacobs. Chaque visite inclut au moins deux de ces intérieurs. Ce tour est bilingue (FR/EN).
Bruxelles
Hôtel Solvay - Voir et Dire Bruxelles
Dates:06/12/2014-06/12/2014
Œuvre majeure de l’architecte Victor Horta, il fut édifié dès 1894 à la demande de l’industriel Armand Solvay. Exprimant le principe d’Art Total, l’architecte y combine avec succès matériaux d’exception et techniques de pointe. Patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO.
Bruxelles
Solvay House - Voir et Dire Bruxelles
Dates:06/12/2014-06/12/2014
This was Victor Horta’s largest private house, commissioned by the industrial magnate Armand Solvay. Construction began in 1894, and the architect expressed the principle of a “total work of art” by successfully combining top-quality materials with innovative techniques. UNESCO World Heritage.
Bruxelles
Hôtel Ciamberlani - Voir et Dire Bruxelles
Dates:06/12/2014-06/12/2014
Édifié en 1897 par l’architecte Paul Hankar, l’hôtel Ciamberlani, avec son spectaculaire sgraffite, a bénéficié d’une restauration exemplaire. Le déploiement du style géométrique s’exprime tant dans les espaces de réception que dans l’originalité des fenêtres inondant l’intérieur de lumière.
Bruxelles
Ciamberlani House - Voir et Dire Bruxelles
Dates:06/12/2014-06/12/2014
Completed in 1897 by the architect Paul Hankar, the Ciamberlani house and its spectacular facade sgraffiti have undergone an exemplary restoration. Hankar’s geometric Art Nouveau is expressed in the reception areas as much as in the design of the unusual windows which flood the interior with daylight.
Bruxelles
Hôtel Max Hallet - Voir et Dire Bruxelles
Dates:06/12/2014-06/12/2014
Chef-d’oeuvre de Victor Horta (1902-1905), ce bâtiment combinant pièces d’habitation et de réception offre des espaces lumineux où courbes et contre-courbes se reflètent harmonieusement dans de splendides verrières et vitraux.
Bruxelles
Max Hallet House - Voir et Dire Bruxelles
Dates:06/12/2014-06/12/2014
A masterpiece by Victor Horta built between 1902 and 1905, this house ombines living accommodation with huge, light-filled reception spaces where curves and counter-curves reflect each other harmoniously in splendid stained-glass skylights and windows.

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