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International symposium 2010

Perception of Art Nouveau, Brussels, 4 and 5 December 2010
Programme and abstracts: French/English or French/Dutch

All contributions have been peer reviewed

AuthorRitva WÄREPh. D. Docent, University of Helsinki
TitleChanging interpretations of Art Nouveau architecture in Finland in the first years of the 20th century

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AbstractArt Nouveau was identified as a style in architecture and applied arts in Finland round about 1898. At that time it was regarded foreign, especially western European, and clearly modern. It was often even called modern style. A Finnish variation of Art Nouveau was developed in the next few years as a fusion of National Romantic ideas and motifs and foreign Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts influences.
This Finnish Art Nouveau was popular especially in the growing capital Helsinki during the first decade of the 20th century. It was used in all kinds of building types and favored by a wide variety of clients. Contemporary interpretations of Art Nouveau were written by architects and professional writers. Art Nouveau, or more correctly the different personal variations of Art Nouveau, were seen as modern and international, or very Finnish, or later on, as totally outdated and unfit for modern urban landscape.

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