The Nature of Art Nouveau - Travelling exhibition, 2013-2015

The goal of the exhibition is to draw visitors into an original discovery of Art Nouveau and its relation with nature, showing the evolution of artistic work from the idea to final products in Art Nouveau style, thanks to a richly documented iconography.

The exhibition gives the general public and Art Nouveau lovers the opportunity to understand the role of nature in art, especially during the Art Nouveau period. Children can enjoy the exhibition as well, thanks to an activity book. 
Entrance to the exhibition is free.

The exhibition is divided into three sections: 

  • The eye of the period, which examines artistic fascination with nature, with scientific discoveries in botany, zoology, oceanography, with evolutionary theories and technical inventions of microscope, photography and cinema.
  • The Nature’s Workshop, which shows artistic experimentations with natural and artificial materials and new techniques to create new forms, inspired by nature: new line, ornaments and structures, patterns and symbols.
  • Artificial landscapes, which illustrate art nouveau interpretations of natural periods and elements – spring, earth, water, air, light, fire.

Dates of exhibition:
Facsimile 1
Helsinki, Helsinki City Museum 05.10.2013 - 16.02.2014 poster press release
Alesund, Kunstmuseet KUBE 22.03.2014 - 10.05.2014 poster
, St Peter's Church

Facsimile 2
Bruxelles-Brussel, BIP 04.10.2013 - 01.12.2013 poster press release
Nancy, Palais du Gouvernement 20.12.2013 - 13.04.2014 poster press pack
, Sala Muncunill 09.05.2014 - 13.07.2014
Bad Nauheim
, Galerie in der Trinkkuranlage 12.09.2014 - 26.10.2014
, Aveiro City Museum
Regione Lombardia

Catalogue of the exhibition in English-French, French-Dutch



Activity book in FrenchDutch, FinnishGerman



With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Responsible publisher: Arlette Verkruyssen, General Director,
Ministry of the Brussels Capital Region Department of Spatial Planning and Housing,
Rue du Progrès 80 b 1, 1035 Brussels - Belgium