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The restauration of the stairwell finally completed at the Jugendstilsenteret in Ålesund


Welcome back to 1907

The museum received 1 million kroners (80.000 Eur) in grants from a private foundation for the restoration of the main staircase at Jugendstilsenteret. The target was to find and replace the original colours with original techniques and materials as far as possible back to 1907. An old fashionable material, coccolite was also discovered. Coccolite is a product of plaster, strengthened with hair from coconuts. It was not a very common material in the beginning of 20 century and was probably imported from Germany. The coccolite was both firesafe and a very strong material used indoors for walls.
The wooden staircase has also been restored and repaired. It has been treated with linen oil, and gaps have been repaired with hand made iron sticks.
The lighting is a copy from about 1907. The last part of the project was to make copies of the tiles in terracotta colour for the hall.
Nowadays the staircase shines like the original in delicate light green colours and imitated oak on the walls.

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Photo: Picture of the restored staircase, Alesund. Source: Jugendstilsenteret.

2015 Art Nouveau World Day - Photo contest Women that counted in Art nouveau - 10 June 2015


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Travelling exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau at the Municipal Museum in Subotica– from 14 May to 14 September 2015


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Publication for children The Art Nouveau Herbarium available on our Website!


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Exhibition Hungarian Art Nouveau Architecture in Europe at the European Parliament in Brussels – from 26 to 29 May 2015


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Exhibition Wally Neuzil at the Leopold Museum in Vienna – from 27 February to 1st June 2015


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Exhibition Lechner, A Creative Genius at the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest – from 19 November 2014 to 31 May 2015


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