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Schaerbeek- Bruxelles
Horta in America, 1916 - 1918
Dates:28/01/2017-01/10/2017

World War I spelled a fundamental break in Horta's life. He went to London in 1915 to attend a congress on the future reconstruction of Belgium. A journalist had revealed his presence, however, and it was impossible for him to return to Belgium. He decided to go to the United States. Upon arriving in New York, he was astonished by the skyscrapers. Symptomatically, he shaved off his beard the very next day, and would never sport one again, as if he had turned a page. For four years, he led the life of an itinerant lecturer in the United States: while Julia, his second wife, pleaded the cause of wounded Belgium, Horta spoke of the treasures of old art. This long stay would bewilder his conceptions. The discovery of American architecture completed his detachment from his first period. As he explained in his Memoirs: "My mind was loosened up. What I would have once opposed as being incompatible with the architect's profession, I have understood since and, from a certain angle, see it even as a desirable example." Horta accepted the principle of cooperation between architects and that of standardisation, convinced of the need to move towards an 'intelligent uniformity'. He felt that the cost of labour would become increasingly heavier, and that architectural forms had to take due account of that development.from Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm (last admission at 5.30 pm).

Baud
La Femme dans l’Art Nouveau
Dates:01/02/2017-30/12/2017

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

Chicago
L’affichomania : the passion for french posters
Dates:11/02/2017-07/01/2018

L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters features approximately 50 posters by the five grand masters of the medium: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Alphonse Mucha. The posters date from 1875 to 1910, the exuberant era in France known as the Belle Époque. These pioneering artists reigned in Paris during this period of artistic proliferation, defining a never-before-seen, and never forgotten, art form. Bright and bold and found everywhere along the boulevards of fin-de-siècle Paris, the color poster was a brilliant fusion of art and commerce. It advertised cigarette papers and milk, immortalized stage stars and bohemian cabarets, and won the adoration of passersby and art collectors. Subject as it was to wind, rain, and being covered up by posters from rival firms, the ephemeral poster nonetheless became the subject of passionate collecting in its own time. The poster craze, known as affichomanie, revolved around the acquisition of these posters, from buying and selling special editions to stealthy removals from walls and kiosks. Drawn from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, the posters on view feature such iconic images as Steinlen’s Le Chat Noir and Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge: La Goulue. Each of the five artists will be featured in one of the period galleries in the Museum, allowing guests to explore the artists’ individual style and compare them with their contemporaries.

Bruxelles
Réouverture du Pavillon des "Passions humaines"
Dates:25/03/2017-29/10/2017

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.

Baud
La femme dans l'Art Nouveau
Dates:28/03/2017-30/12/2017

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.

Wien
Otto Wagner Pavilion
Dates:01/04/2017-11/11/2017

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.

Suwa, Nagano Prefecture
Japonisme in Emile Gallé’s Work
Dates:03/04/2017-31/03/2018

With the opening of Japan near the end of the Edo period, ukiyo-e, ceramics, and other Japanese art objects crossed the seas. They had a powerful impact on Europe, where a fashion for things Japanese sprang up in many countries. The elegant use of color and the bold compositions found in those works had a profound influence on the birth of Impressionism and Art Nouveau, a fin de siècle movement to reform the decorative arts. The phenomenon we now refer to as Japonisme is strongly evident in the work of Emile Gallé, a standard bearer for Art Nouveau and a glass artist born in the city of Nancy, in eastern France. The distinctive world of his works, with a profusion of many-colored flowers in bloom and grasshoppers and dragonflies soaring about, is modeled on the natural world and admiration for the beauty of the changing seasons. In the background to the birth of that highly original Gallé style we can see his passionate regard for Japanese art. In this exhibition, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the opening of the Kitazawa Museum of Art, we present his works related to Japonisme and other masterpieces from our Gallé collection, one of the finest in the world.

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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