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Réouverture du Pavillon des "Passions humaines"

Le pavillon Horta-Lambeaux situé dans le parc du Cinquantenaire à Bruxelles rouvrira ses portes au public le 25 mars prochain. Le monument abrite le célèbre relief en marbre blanc des "Passions humaines" que l'on doit au sculpteur Jef Lambeaux. L'édifice de style néo-classique date de 1889 et a été dessiné par le jeune Victor Horta. A l'intérieur se trouve le fameux relief des "Passions humaines" du sculpteur Jef Lambeaux, qui a bénéficié d'une restauration complète en 2015. Le pavillon sera accessible du 25 mars au 29 octobre 2017, chaque mercredi de 14h00 à 16h00 ainsi que les samedis et dimanches de 14h00 à 16h45. Le Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival (BANAD) organisera des visites guidées en français, néerlandais et anglais le week-end de la réouverture.

La femme dans l'Art Nouveau

Ce courant artistique né à la fin du 19e siècle, s'exprime dans tous les domaines des arts décoratifs. La "petite estampe", qu'est la carte postale, devient un lieu d'expression incontournable pour les grands illustrateurs tels Alfons Mucha ou Raphaël Kirchner. Thème centrale, "la Femme" s'y décline à l'infini sensuelle et mystérieuse mais aussi moderne et moqueuse sous les traits de la parisienne dont la figure se construit à cette époque.

Otto Wagner Pavilion

Breathing fresh life into a jewel of art nouveau: a permanent exhibition documenting Otto Wagner is being presented in the Stadtbahn Pavilion on Karlsplatz. He was a trailblazer of modernism and one of Vienna's most influential architects: Otto Wagner. Yet there has never been a permanent exhibition documenting the life and work of this versatile architect. This gap is now filled by the Otto Wagner Pavilion, part of the Wien Museum and one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Vienna. This trade mark of Art Nouveau on Karlsplatz has been redesigned inside by the BWM architects' office and, from 26 August, will provide the authentic background for a close-packed Otto Wagner presentation. It documents the genesis of Wagner's most famous designs, including the Church in Steinhof, the K.K. Postsparkassenamt (Post Office Savings Bank), as well as the revolutionary Stadtbahn project (light urban railway) and the modern residential buildings. It will also reveal another perspective: Otto Wagner as a radical theorist and polemicist against traditionalism and the cliché of the "idyll".Besides numerous documents, the show includes two models and is not only a fascinating homage to the architect - it also invites the visitor to set off through the city of Vienna and explore his trail. The curators of the Otto Wagner Documentation are Renata Kassal-Mikula and Isabelle Exinger; Erwin Bauer is the graphic designer. Otto Wagner - Architect & Visionary Otto Wagner (1841-1918), architect, "artist of building", urban planning theorist and academy professor, was one of the great pioneers of the Viennese modern movement. He left the "Gründerzeit" (the period of industrial and cultural expansion in the late nineteenth century) and its mask-like historicism behind him to propagate a new form of architecture, more in keeping with the life and times of modern people. Wagner's designs combined technical and constructional functionality with high aesthetic criteria. Despite his many adversaries and disappointments, Otto Wagner was one of Vienna's most successful architects. His Post Office Savings Bank and the Church in Steinhof are key buildings of European architecture around 1900. As the general planner of the Vienna Stadtbahn (the light urban railway), he designed a Gesamtkunstwerk of constructional technology, a synthesis of the arts that added new accents to the cityscape. Wagner was also an incisive and polemic author. Although advanced in age, in his study "The Expanding City" he continued to develop radical ideas for a future mega-city, regulated and laid out according to practical requirements. The Otto Wagner Pavilion on Karlsplatz The Art Nouveau pavilion was erected in 1898 in the course of Stadtbahn construction. Otto Wagner planned two portal buildings of identical design. Today, the Wien Museum uses the west pavilion, where the trains once left for Hütteldorf. Wagner's design was revolutionary. The many decorative details make the station into a prime example of Viennese art nouveau. Metal and wood were painted apple-green, the signal colour of the Stadtbahn. Gold, and finest white marble were added on the exterior. The planning for the underground rail junction of Karlsplatz in the late sixties threatened the pavilion with demolition. Protests followed; the station building was dismantled and re-erected in 1977, but elevated 1.5 m above its old level on the square. Now at last the west pavilion is paying Otto Wagner the homage due to him - with the new Otto Wagner Documentation exhibition.

Challenging Taste: Art Nouveau in the Decorative Arts

The late 19th century was a period of uneasiness within the decorative arts as a lessening in quality and taste marked much of what was produced at this time. Many artists and designers began to look for a way to bring distinction and handcrafted quality back into the decorative arts. Art Nouveau was one of several artistic movements created in response to these issues, while also addressing a new sense of modernity that would bring diverse cultures into a new century. In this exhibition, both European and American versions of Art Nouveau are examined with a focus on the use of nature for inspiration and the artistic innovation of the style through the wonderful collection of glass, ceramics, and more held within the permanent collection of University Museums.

Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection

From October 8, 2016, to September 2017, Museum of Glass visitors will have the opportunity to explore Art Deco works in glass from the collection of artist David Huchthausen. Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection will include early 20th century glass by iconic Art Deco studios such as René Lalique, Daum Frères, Pierre d’Avesn, Charles Schneider, Muller Frères, Marius-Ernest Sabino, Steuben Glass Works, and many others. “We are honored to exhibit a selection of David Huchthausen’s fascinating Art Deco collection,” shares Museum of Glass Artistic Director, Susan Warner. “This is a rare opportunity for the Museum to share with visitors the on- going historic narrative that connects the Art Deco period of glassmaking to the contemporary Studio Glass movement.” Huchthausen’s interest in collecting began in his youth with items such as stamps, coins, and baseball cards. His studies and subsequent career as an artist later shaped his fascination with the Art Deco period, resulting in his growing glass collection. “I was studying architecture in college and was particularly interested in the effects of light transmission on the interior spaces of structures,” notes Huchthausen. “It provided a natural expansion of my interests into the world of antique glass.” Characterized by smooth lines, geometric shapes, and bright colors, the Art Deco glass movement began, in part, as a reaction against the elaborate and ornate style of Art Nouveau in the late 19th century. Economic austerity generated by World War I launched Art Deco into popularity, with artists, designers, and architects throughout the world adopting the style. Although Art Deco fell out of fashion following World War II, the style regained its popularity in the 1970s. Huchthausen began actively collecting pieces from the Art Deco period in the early 1970s, starting with powder boxes. In 1973, Huchthausen acquired his first major work of art, a piece from the Le Verre Francais line designed by Charles Schneider, leading to the purchase of 20 more significant Art Deco works in glass over the next four years. Huchthausen’s collection continued to grow during the 1980’s and accelerated following his move to Seattle in 1989. “After collecting for so many decades, it gives me great pleasure to share a significant part of my collection with the public. I sincerely hope it provides a better understanding and perspective into one of the most spectacular eras of international design,” says Huchthausen. Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection will include over 200 pieces from his personal collection, which is now composed of over 300 works of Art Deco glass, much of it by European designers. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by esteemed German scholar Helmut Ricke and independent curator William Warmus.


Karl Ove Knausgård‘s aim with the exhibition is to emphasise key sides of Munch’s artistry without being bound by biography or chronology: “I want to exhibit unknown pictures on the premise that I believe it is possible for us to experience Munch as if viewing him for the first time as that he was: a painter who never found inner calm, and who never became stale.” The exhibition will include more than 100 paintings and 30 graphic works, many of which are being brought out of storage for the first time. Knausgård’s objective is to foster moods and tones that will be picked up by visitors as they move between the halls. The exhibition begins in the outer world in a room filled with light and sun with motifs of people in parks and gardens. In the next section, the people gradually disappear from the motifs. Knausgård explains: “The empty landscapes left behind are ambivalent spaces – the loneliness within the deserted landscapes meets the force and wildness of nature. For Munch, the forest was not only a place where something ended, but it was also a place where something began.”


Depuis de nombreuses années, l’office de tourisme de Nancy travaille avec la société SAAT qui propose un circuit dans le centre historique de Nancy en petit train. Une autre manière de découvrir les nombreuses richesses de la capitale des ducs de Lorraine. Cette année, un deuxième circuit sera proposé les dimanches matin de mai à septembre, sur le thème de l’architecture Art nouveau. Ce patrimoine est en effet dispersé dans la ville et le petit train peut être une solution pratique pour ceux qui disposent de peu de temps ou qui préfèrent tout simplement se laisser aller bien confortablement assis, les écouteurs sur la tête pour profiter des commentaires sur ces belles demeures construites au début du XXe siècle. Et le visiteur aura le choix parmi 8 langues: français, anglais, allemand, néerlandais, italien, espagnol, polonais, japonais. Le départ se fait à 10h, place de la Carrière. Tout en vous menant vers la maison Bergeret, une introduction vous permettra de mieux comprendre les caractéristiques de cette architecture originale, marquée par l’influence de la nature. Isolée des autres demeures Art nouveau, la maison Bergeret constitue une première importante. Un peu plus loin, laissez-vous séduire par les belles demeures 1900 du parc de Saurupt. Ce quartier, l’un des plus beaux de Nancy, est aussi connu pour ses constructions Art Déco qui ne seront pas laissées de côté. D’autres façades moins connues font aussi partie du parcours, riche de commentaires précis. Vous n’avez désormais plus d’excuses ! Laissez-vous aller… Premier rendez-vous le dimanche 1er mai 2016! Les dimanches de mai à septembre à 10h Durée : environ 1h Tarif : 9€ (7€ enfants de 6 à 14 ans) Réservations obligatoires à l’office de tourisme ou sur

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