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The Synagogue of Subotica listed as one of the Europe’s 7 most endangered monuments and sites by Europa Nostra

Europa Nostra announced on 4 May in Vienna the list of the Europe’s 7 most endangered monuments and sites, among them, the Synagogue in Subotica.

This is one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau religious architecture in Central Europe. Designed by Hungarian architects Marcell Komor and Dezsö Jakab and built in 1902, the Synagogue of Subotica combines a modern concrete and steel structure with traditional decorative elements from Hungarian Folk Art. It is acknowledged as a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance.

At the time the synagogue was built the city had a large Jewish population of around 3,000 people. After World War II, this number fell and a building of this size could no longer be sustained. Nonetheless, the synagogue remains of huge importance to the Jewish community both locally and internationally.
The building was used by the Subotica National Theatre for a number of years but is now empty, with visitor access available only one day a week, and its condition has inevitably deteriorated.

Despite the restoration works undertaken in recent decades, the building remains highly endangered. International expertise and solidarity are needed to save this architectural and cultural gem. Urgent action is therefore needed.

Rescue missions will be organised during and after the summer and feasible action plans proposed by the end of the year.

Source: Europa Nostra
More information about this and the Europa Nostra programme

Photo: Synagogue of Subotica, Marcell Komor and Dezsö Jakab, 1902, photo by Viktorika Aladzic

Publication Emile and Henriette Gallé Correspondence 1875-1904 

Publication recommended by our partner of Ecole de Nancy Museum

If the "Writings for art” which brings together many texts of Gallé that his wife Henriette published in 1908, four years after the death of her husband, say a lot of our artist (born in 1846 in Nancy, where he died in 1904 ), they do not tell the whole story. Only his extensive correspondence enables actually to grasp his complex personality of man and artist. What is revealed here is certainly the inaccessible part, also the most intimate, of the correspondence of our artist which must be considered as unpublished: the one, crossed between the two spouses, preserved by their descendants.

Published by the Bibliothèque des arts
Softback, 352 pages, 16 color illustrations, 29 €
ISBN 978-2-88453-179-5

Photo: Illustrated with the coupe Roses de France, conserved at the École de Nancy Museum

Sant Pau Modernista Hospital in Barcelona now open to the public

Sant Pau, the world's largest Art Nouveau Site, is for several weeks open. The visitor programme invites the visitor to learn about Lluís Domènech i Montaner's most important work and the outcome of one of the most significant restoration projects in recent years.

In the Art Nouveau Site, the union of history and architecture carries us back to the early years of the twentieth century, when Barcelona was undergoing its greatest phase of urban growth. The visit takes the visitors on a journey through the evolution of one of the oldest medical institutions in Europe, showing how the Art Nouveau complex was designed and built and explaining its current use as an internationally acclaimed centre for knowledge.

Guided visits are available in Catalan, Spanish, English and French

More information about the history of the Hospital and how to visit

Photo: Detail of the Sant Pau Hospital

Art Nouveau Digitalization: a successful finish for the Partage Plus Project

After two years of work, the Partage Plus Project has reached its successful conclusion.
Over the course of the project, partner institutions - among them the RANN member cities Aveiro, Brussels, Vienna, Barcelona, Helsinki, Alesund, Ljubljana - have digitized and uploaded into Europeana over 75.000 records: including museum-quality objects, details of art nouveau architecture, works on paper and other archival material.
The project was funded by the European Commission, and it was realized with the cooperation of 25 partner institutions from all over Europe.

More information about the process and the results of the Project

Visit the Central website of the project, as well as the Partage Plus material on Europeana

Photo: K.K. Kielland, Norway

Terrible blaze at the Glasgow School of Art – 23 May 2014

A terrible blaze, which started in the basement just before lunchtime, hit the Glasgow School of Art on 23 May 2014.

Firefighters who were at the scene within four minutes of receiving the first emergency call brought the fire under control, but it damaged much of the west wing of the Category-A listed building where students were preparing for their final-year degree show.

Besides the “hen run”, the library, which housed rare and archival materials including periodicals from the early 19th century and publications about Mackintosh, was destroyed. A team of specialist conservation staff from Historic Scotland is now working with the school's own archivists to retrieve and conserve vulnerable materials.

The school site remained under the control of the Scottish fire and rescue service until Friday 30 May for the salvage operation. Students from the Glasgow School of Art formed a guard of honour to send fire crews on their way as they left the campus.

The art school said that online donations had grown into tens of thousands of pounds, and it was overwhelmed with offers of practical support from conservators, curators and specialists around the world.

If you wish to support the Glasgow School of Art:

For offers of financial support please click here to donate via the page The Big Give
For offers of practical assistance, please e-mail in the first instance to Alan Horn, Director of Development at

More information

Discover PagePark's reflection - conservation architecture firm

Photo: The Glasgow School of Art in flames, Photograph: Craig Watson/SNS Group

10th Barcelona Modernista Fair in Barcelona - from 30 May to 1 June 2014

Between 30 May and 1 June 2014, Cor Eixample (Trade and Professional Association for the Right Side of the Eixample) and Barcelona City Council are holding the 10th Barcelona Modernista Fair. The Fair is part of the activities of the Right Side of the Eixample’s local festival and this year celebrates its tenth edition.

As in past years, the event will be held in Carrer Girona, between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer València, with various activities also taking place on the side lanes of Avinguda Diagonal.

There will be heaps of leisure and cultural activities for young people, adults and toddlers, including guided tours, children’s workshops, Modernista puppets, a parade of vintage cars, a vintage train ride, conferences on Modernisme, some spectacular period attractions, a family bike ride (you must be dressed in period costume to participate), street entertainment and many other surprises. Other towns and organisations connected in some way to Modernisme will also be present, as well as a stand offering information and products related to the Barcelona Modernisme Route.

This year the Fair is dedicated to the centenary of the first car with an Elizalde engine, which was built in the Elizalde factory located at Passeig de Sant Joan 149 in Barcelona.

In addition, whoever comes dressed in Art Nouveau period clothes will receive a gift photo of themselves and go into the draw for some handmade products and other prizes.

Official programme in Catalan

For more information call the Centre del Modernisme on +34 933 177 652.

Photo: Poster of the event

Lecture The Art Nouveau houses of Gabriel Charle at the Conservart in Brussels – on 27 May 2014

Pierre Anagnostopoulos will give a lecture on the theme “The Art Nouveau houses of Gabriel Charle”, an unknown decorator architect from Brussels at the Conservart (Brussels) on 27 May 2014 at 6.45 pm.

Lecture organised by the Royal Society of Archeology of Brussels

More information and poster of the event

Photo: Detail of the poster of the event

Exhibition The Cradle of Art Nouveau. Victor Horta and Brussels at the BIP in Brussels – from 26 March to 30 June 2014

The Monuments and Sites Department of the Brussels-Capital Region in cooperation with Visit Brussels, invite you to discover the exhibition “The Cradle of Art Nouveau. Victor Horta and Brussels”.

After its presentation at the American Institute of Architects in Washington in 2012 and at the Halles Saint Gery in Brussels in 2013, this travelling exhibition developed in four languages is organized from 26 March until 30 June 2014 at the BIP (Brussels Info Place), at the heart of Brussels.

Richly illustrated, the exhibition highlights the most beautiful realisations of the architect Victor Horta, registered on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and plunge the visitor in the intimacy of the creation of one of the greatest Art Nouveau artists, movement which has revolutionized the European spatial and architectural conceptions at the dawn of the XXth century. The Tassel, Solvay and Van Eetvelde Hôtels, as well as the personal house of the architect mix with the dismantled magnificence of the Aubecq Hôtel, demolished during the 1950’s, but of which a part of the façades, as a giant jigsaw, was recently put back together.

Free entrance from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information

Photo: Poster of the exhibition “The Cradle of Art Nouveau. Victor Horta and Brussels”

Seminar Melilla Art Nouveau, Modernisme and Neo-Modernisme in Melilla and Granada – from 19 to 24 May 2014

Part of the Partnership Framework Agreement between the University of Granada and the "Monumental city Foundation Melilla " (Autonomous City of Melilla), developed in Granada, Málaga and, crucially, in the modernist city of Melilla, the sixth edition of the Permanent Seminar on History of Art “Melilla Art Nouveau, Modernisme and Neo-Modernisme” will be held from 19 to 24 May 2014.

Among other architects and civil and military engineers, the figure of Barcelona architect Enrique Nieto (collaborator of Antoni Gaudí), in space and in time, will be discussed by a dozen students in Art History led by Dr. D. Gallego Salvador Aranda (Professor of Art History and specialist in modernist architecture), highlighting its Art Nouveau architectural heritage, which in recent years, seems to emerge as a revival in the city, settling in "neo" and receiving aesthetic range of classic and universal language.

Economic, social, intercultural, commercial, tourist, educational, geographical, political, religious, literary and historical factors will be discussed in turn, in order to contextualize the property assets and inherently past reality, present and future of this city that aspires to become a "World Heritage City ".

Press release of the event
Poster of the event

Photo: Poster of the event "Seminar Melilla Art Nouveau, Modernisme and Neo-Modernisme"

Exhibition Paper workshop of Côme Perché at the Horta Museum in Brussels – from 16 May to 1 June 2014

The Horta Museum chose to invite, for Artists Tour, Côme Perché who gives a poetic interpretation of the nature using paper-folding. He makes use of all qualities of the paper’s fibre to create a world superbly stylized and intensely alive that human, animals or plants figures occupy. The creations of Côme Perché find themselves next to plaster models of plants of the XIXth century, shells or stuffed insects. The whole installation aims to awaken children’s fantasy, as well as reaching adults by its singular beauties.

Exhibition in the framework of Artists Tour Saint-Gilles & Forest under the patronage of M. Charles Picqué President of the asbl (association) Musée Horta and Burgomaster of Saint-Gilles

More information

Photo: Côme Perché, photos: Paul Louis

European Night of Museums – 17 May 2014

Enjoy the European Night of Museums next Saturday 17 mai to discover or rediscover the Museums members of our Network!

The Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy and the Villa Majorelle offer especially a varied and interesting programme not to be missed: presentation of an educational project realized with school classes, a guided Majorelle tour, the exhibition "The artists of the Ecole de Nancy and the First World War" and many more… 

Free entrance!

More information

Photo: European nights of Museums Poster

Intervention of the RANN as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe in Forlì – 12 May 2014

Recently certified as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network participates on 12 May 2014 to the conference “How to create an ATRIUM tourist product steps forward” organised by another Cultural Route, Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes in Urban Managements (ATRIUM).

A great occasion to visit the exhibition “Liberty a style for modern Italy” at the Musei San Domenico in Forli until 15 June 2014!
The Savings Bank Foundation of Forlì, in collaboration with the Municipality of Forlì offers once again an innovative interpretation of an extraordinary period in the history of Italian art, the Liberty style.

More information about ATRIUM
More information about the exhibition in Forlì

Photo: Detail of the exhibition poster "Liberty, uno style per l'Italia Moderna"

Travelling exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 1 at the Kunstmuseet KUBE in Ålesund – from 22 March to 10 May 2014 - LAST DAYS!

Organised by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in the framework of the European project "Art Nouveau & Ecology" (2010-2015) supported by the Culture 2007-2013 programme of the European Commission, the exhibition comprises two identical concurrent exhibitions and has begun its journey to all partner cities in October 2013.

After Helsinki, the exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau will be presented in Ålesund at the Kunstmuseet KUBE, second step of its European journey, from 22 March 2013 until 10 May 2014.

This exhibition is free and bilingual Norwegian-English.

Press release in English, French
Poster of the event

More information

The double of the exhibition “The Nature of Art Nouveau” 2 will be presented in Terrassa at the Sala Muncunill from 9 May 2014!

Photo: Poster of the exhibition "The Nature of Art Nouveau" in Alesund

12th Modernista Fair in Terrassa – from 10 to 11 May 2014

The great holiday of the modernism in Catalonia

You will relive through Terrassa and Catalonia of 1900 in a week-end full of activities.

The second weekend of May

The Terrassa Modernista Fair - Fira Modernista - has become one of Catalonia’s leading tourism events, and in May each year it offers more than 100,000 visitors a weekend full of cultural and culinary events, activities for kids, shows, exhibitions etc. It is the great annual Modernisme festival in Catalonia and has become the shop window for a period which has left a lasting impression on Catalan character and landscapes through the arts, architecture and industry. Terrassa has preserved and enhanced some extraordinary architectural heritage and is one of the Catalan, Spanish and European capitals of industrial Modernisme.

Circus - Art and craft fair – Gastronomy - Street shows – Dance – Concerts - Tourism routes Carnival giants - Children’s activities - Classic cars - Puppets – Music… in the historical centre of the city.

More information:
Town Hall of Terrassa - Tourist Office Raval de Montserrat, 14 - 08221 Terrassa Téléphone: + 34 93 739 7019
Website: or

Press articles about the 2014 Modernista Fair

Programme in Catalan and poster of the event

Do not miss the guided tours about Joaquim Vancells on 10 and 11 May!

Photo: Poster of the 12th Modernista Fair in Terrassa,

Exhibition The Splendour of Old Europe at the Sprudelhof in Bad Nauheim – from 2 May bis 1 June 2014

Art Nouveau Architecture in Detail

On Friday 2. May 2014 the Jugendstilverein Bad Nauheim has opened the photo exhibition “The Splendour of Old Europe” in Bathhouse 3, Sprudelhof Bad Nauheim.

The exhibition shows works of Prof Peter Schubert, photographer, author and curator and, until 2013, press spokesman, publisher director and curator in Stift Klosterneuburg, Vienna. The images are a selection of the artists extensive picture archive, which came into being during his frequent journeys through European countries and cities influenced by Art Nouveau, as for instance Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, but also in Lower Austria.

Peter Schubert, a specialist for the period about 1900 edited 56 books with photographs.

The exhibition is open from 3. May until 1. June, Tuesday to Friday from 14.00 – 18.00 , Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 – 18.00 in bathhouse 3, Sprudelhof, Bad Nauheim

More information

Photo: Poster of the exhibition "Splendour of Old Europe" (c) HAM Hölzinger

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Responsible publisher: Arlette Verkruyssen, General Director,
Brussels Regional Public Service - Bruxelles Développement urbain (Brussels Urban Development),
CCN - Rue du Progrès 80, B. 1, 1035 Brussels - Belgium