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II coupDefouet International Congress in Barcelona – from 25 to 28 June 2015


Breaking the Art Nouveau Glass Ceiling

The Art Nouveau European Route brings together local governments and other institutions in the common quest for the protection, promotion and diffusion of Art Nouveau heritage. To fully explore and bring to light the value of Art Nouveau heritage, therefore, a Congress organised by the Art Nouveau European Route cannot limit its scope to the analyses and interpretation of the tangible heritage; it must go deeper into the reality of the communities that created it.
In this second edition of the coupDefouet International Congress, we propose to shed new light on an aspect that has been studied very little, if at all: the important contribution of women artists to the development of Art Nouveau. In a nutshell: women as artists, women as creators, women as promoters and protagonists of Art Nouveau. Coupled with this ambition, we also wish to revisit the widely studied and interpreted representation of the female aesthetic and ideal in Art Nouveau, with new contributions on the matter.
A further strand will focus on little-known Art Nouveau cities, in which we expect to discover creative centres of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that have not until now been widely publicised. A similar section on research in progress to the first congress, one in which we welcome presentations from both seasoned and young researchers, will complete the thematic strands of the programme.

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Picture: Logo of the II coupDefouet International Congress, 2015 © Art Nouveau European Route

Exhibition Maks Fabiani: A monarchy’s architect - overview at the Town Hall in Ljubljana – from 26 March to 28 June 2015


This major exhibition in celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the famous Art Nouveau architect Maks Fabiani gives an overview of the architect's oeuvre and presents the works he created in Vienna, Ljubljana, and Trieste.

Maks Fabiani (1865–1962) was a collaborator of the Viennese architect Otto Wagner and one of the originators of the Viennese Secession. After the devastating Ljubljana earthquake of 1895, he created a new conceptual solution for the urban redevelopment of Ljubljana, which later provided a basis for the famous architect Jože Plečnik to develop his own vision of the city.

In Vienna, Fabiani designed three palatial buildings that were considered to be among the most famous architectural works of the early 20th century, the best-known being the Urania, a magnificent multipurpose building with an observatory built between 1909 and 1910. In Italy, Fabiani designed the National Halls (Narodni dom) in Trieste and the House of Trade (Trgovski dom) in Gorizia, both cultural and business centres used by the local Slovenian community.

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Picture: Urania Palace, Vienna

Exhibition Poster Art of Art Nouveau III - Temptation by Advertisement at Sprudelhof in Bad Nauheim – from 19 June to 26 July 2015


The Jugendstilverein Bad Nauheim e. V. presents its 3rd poster exhibition from 19 June until 26 July 2015.
New marketing strategies during the Belle Epoque mark the beginning of modern advertisement. Enterprises started to increase their sale by means of clever and tempting advertisement. They engaged well-known painters and graphic artists, who designed posters of artistically high quality, thus creating a new style of art, which even found its way into museums and exhibitions. The exhibition consists in three parts: everyday life, luxury and culture, with posters from Mucha, Kleukens, Bradley and many other artists.

Bathhouse 3, Sprudelhof, Bad Nauheim
Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday from 14 – 18pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11 – 18pm
Free entrance

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Picture: Poster of the exhibition "Poster Art of Art Nouveau III - Temptation by Advertisement" © Jugendstilverein Bad Nauheim

Vienna represented in the exhibition In the time of Klimt at the Pinacothèque in Paris – from 12 February to 21 June 2015


The Vienna Secession

The Pinacothèque de Paris, in partnership with Arthemisia Group and 24 ORE Cultura, wishes to examine once again an essential aspect of Art Nouveau, which was developed in Vienna at the start of the 20th century under the name Secession. Gustav Klimt's part in the emerging of that movement is a major one. The artist's talent and brio, from his precocious start to his excessive decorative effects, where gildings and the emerging expressionism are dominant, are the foundations of a new period, which flowered in Vienna at the turn of the century. That artistic movement is, in fact, at the origin of the birth, a few years later, of one of the major currents in modern art, Expressionism, which was the theme of an exhibition in the museum in 2011.

The exhibition shows over 180 works taken from the collections of the Belvedere museum in Vienna, as well as from private collections. The curatorship of the exhibition is ensured by Alfred Weidinger, curator of the Belvedere museum in Vienna.

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Picture: Gustav Klimt, Judith I, 1901, Oil on canvas, 84 x 42 cm © Belvédère, Vienna

11th Barcelona Modernista Fair in Barcelona - from 5 to 7 June 2015


Between 5 and 7 June 2015, Cor Eixample (Trade and Professional Association for the Right Side of the Eixample) and the Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbà-Barcelona City Council are holding the 11th Barcelona Modernista Fair.

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Picture: Poster of the 2015 Modernista Fair in Barcelona

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