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Exhibition The Challenge of Modernism in Belvedere Museum in Vienna – from 20 October 2017 to 18 February 2018

Vienna and Zagreb around 1900

In the years around 1900, the multi-ethnic realm of the Habsburg Monarchy experienced a lively exchange of art and culture between Vienna, its center, and the main cities of the Crown lands such as Zagreb. For the development of Croatian art around the turn of the century, this exchange was very significant.

In the exhibition, the connections and points of reference at the start of the twentieth century are presented by key works of Austrian and Croatian artists of that period. Artists and architects who were trained in Vienna brought the new trends in art to Zagreb and, within 20 years, the overall character of cultural life at the time was fundamentally changed.

On show are works by Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Carl Moll, Vlaho Bukovac, Ivan Meštrović, Robert Auer, Tomislav Krizman as well as other protagonists of the Viennese and Modernism.

The exhibition is a cooperation with the Klovićevi dvori Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia.

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Picture: Antonija Krasnik, Flower vase, around 1903 © Muzej za umjenost o obrt, Zagreb

Exhibition Illuminating Letters at the Lighthouse in Glasgow – from 1st October 2017 to 27 January 2018

This exhibition takes its starting point from the relationship between Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald; particularly his view that she was the creative force within their relationship, a revelation found documented in a private letter written by Mackintosh.

Using this letter and other letters researched at the Hunterian’s Mackintosh archive collection, the exhibition builds on this sense of revealed, discovered things. The artworks will be expressed as imagery of rare flora & fauna in the mediums of screenprint; diamond dust and also precious metals with excerpts of correspondence between Siobhan Healy and Sir David Attenborough. This will give a sense of these personal stories being transient, precious and ethereal.

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Picture: Exhibition "Illuminating Letters", 2017 © Lighthouse, Glasgow

Exhibition Ferdinand Hodler at the Leopold Museum in Vienna – from 13 October 2017 to 22 January 2018

Elective Affinities from Klimt to Schiele

This presentation at the Leopold Museum will be the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of works by Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) in Austria since the artist’s resounding success at the 1904 Secession exhibition.

An exponent of Symbolism and Jugendstil, a pioneer of Expressionism, and not least an innovator of monumental painting, Hodler was an important inspiration to numerous artists of Viennese Modernism, such as Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser, as well as Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele.

The presentation focuses on the three main themes of Hodler’s art: landscapes from plein air painting to abstraction, portraits with an emphasis on female depictions, self-portraits, the haunting series of works accompanying the death of his lover Valentine Godé-Darel, as well as his eminent Symbolist figural compositions.

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Picture: Ferdinand Hodler, Selbstbildnis, 1912 © Kunstmuseum Basel, Vermächtnis Max Geldner, Basel

Exhibition Panorama at the ADAM in Brussels – from 23 June 2017 to 7 January 2018

Panorama – a history of modern design in Belgium

The exhibition brings an overview of a hundred years of modern design in Belgium. Starting with the world-famous Art nouveau style at the turn of the nineteenth century, it then covers the social aspirations of the interwar avant-garde movement, the pedagogical experiments at the La Cambre school, the post-war design craze, the promotion of modernist Belgian design by the Brussels Design Centre and the impact of the environmental crisis in the 1970s. Through objects, graphic material, pictures and original film fragments, the exhibition showcases the multiple faces of modern design in Belgium: infused with social ambitions to improve everyday life, as an economic tool to boost the national economy and as a marker of the Belgian nation on large international exhibitions.

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Picture: Poster of the exhibition "Panorama" © ADAM

Exhibition Henry Van de Velde at the Horta Museum in Brussels – from 12 October 2017 to 7 January 2018


Henry van de Velde (1863–1957) is rightly regarded as a hugely gifed and versatile designer. Van de Velde’s highly personal style did not, however, remain within the confines of fin-de-siècle art. Between the two world wars, he returned to Belgium. Once there, he began to become aware of the position he occupied in the modern movement—whose rightful champion he became both within the La Cambre Institute of Decorative Arts and through countless architectural creations.

The present exhibition not only offers visitors a chance of immersing themselves in what is still, at the start of the 21st century, an inspiring body of work: the delicacy of the compositions and the vigour of the lines remain as powerful a combination as ever. More than this, the work in itself is testament to a bold turn-of-the-century modernism. Finally, quite apart from showcasing works of great quality, the exhibition offers us a chance to track the path followed by this exceptional artist.

The exhibition invites visitors to (re)discover van de Velde’s work from a totally new perspective and to immerse themselves in an area of fin-de-siècle painting in which some of the boldest work was being done.

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Picture: Portrait of Maria Sèthe © Royal Library of Belgium.

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