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Exhibition Ornament Squared at the Mathildenhöhe Institut in Darmstadt – from 12 March to 2 July 2017

Ornament Squared – Inge Niemöller Art Nouveau Tile Collection Gift

The Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt is dedicated to the "Ornament Squared" in the framework of an exhibition of about 200 works. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a selection of English Art Nouveau tiles, which in the year 2015, by means of a comprehensive testamentary donation by the deceased collector Inge Niemoller, became the property of the Städtisches Kunstsammlung Darmstadt and is now presented for the first time publicly.

The tile was omnipresent in Europe around 1900. Whether in public places like libraries or department stores, or in private premises such as kitchens or bathrooms, the ornamentation of Art nouveau became widespread with a range of new patterns on wall and floor tiles.

The handy - mostly 15 x 15 cm - format could be manufactured in series and thus cost-effectively thanks to modern production means. Also due to its hygienic and decorative advantages, the tile was used almost in all areas of everyday life.

The exhibition in the sculptor's workshop of the “museum artists' colony” presents the tile as an ornament and at the same time as an object of use, illustrating clearly the radical developments of art and culture in the private as well as in the social sphere - from industrialization to the renovation of the style.

By combining these loans with works from the legacy of Inge Niemoller, and the work of artists' colony members, as well as design drawings, books, fabrics and furniture, the exhibition illustrates the diverse influences and the spread of Art Nouveau ornament around 1900 in Europe.

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Picture: Ornament Squared © Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

Exhibition Diversity of architecture – Architecture of diversity at the Town Hall of Schaerbeek in Brussels – from 2 to 30 June 2017

Belgium, and especially Brussels, is a real hub for the spread of architectural ideas, and our architects are precursors and advisers as well as imitators and interpreters.

The aim here is to show to which extent the circulation of ideas and forms contributed to the richness and diversity of the architecture in Brussels, such as the Art Nouveau style, and also how Brussels and its architects had an influence beyond our borders.

The exhibition offers thus tools to understand the various influences that we can find in the architecture in Brussels and learn to read façades that we can find every day.

It is realized on the basis of documents preserved in the collections of the CIVA Foundation.

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Picture: Exhibition "Diversity of architecture – Architecture of diversity"© Fondation CIVA Stichting

2017 Art Nouveau World Day : awards of the RANN’s photo contest

The Réseau Art Nouveau Network celebrated the Art Nouveau World Day on 10 June 2017. As part of this international celebration of the Art Nouveau heritage, the Network and its members proposed a varied program of activities!

The RANN organized a photo contest around the theme "Art Nouveau and movement” which is a characteristic aspect of this trend and similar to the Fin de Siècle period it refers to.
The evolution of technology led to the development of transport (trains, aviation), communications (telephone) but also entertainment (photography, cinema) that enhance movement and circulation. Beyond the curves and organic forms or the more geometric lines and rhythms found in Art Nouveau, the play of natural light in the interiors or the representation of moving subjects (such as nature, fauna and the flora) make it a kinetic art.

Three prizes were awarded among the many participants:
- Mr. Fabien Toussaint (France) received the prize of the public, his photograph "Faïencerie de Lunéville, Art Nouveau ewer of arum shape decorated with water lilies" obtained the most "I like";
- Ms Alexandra Rolland (Belgium) was awarded the jury prize for her photograph of the "Staircase of the House of the Writer Gorki, Moscow" for the quality of photography, its composition and its correspondence with the theme;
- The mystery price for the surfer who guessed the origin of the largest number of photos was awarded to Mrs. Olga Harmsen (Netherlands).

The RANN member cities also participated in the World Art Nouveau Day and developed a program of activities (guided tours, free admission, etc.) for this special day: Vienna (MAK), Nancy (Riga Art Nouveau Center), Ålesund (Jugendstilsenteret), Subotica, Aveiro (Museu da Ciudade), Barcelona (Ruta del Modernisme), Szeged, Ljubljana, Brussels (ARAU), Oradea (Darvas la Roche House) and Belgrade (Leopta Zivota) - see the available program.

Discover a thought of Thierry Mondelaers about "Illusion of the movement in the personal House of Victor Horta" (in French).

See you on the 10th June 2018 for the next Art Nouveau World Day!

Picture: Staircase of the House of the Writer Gorki, Moscow, 2017 © Alexandra Rolland

Exhibition Egon Schiele at the Albertina in Vienna – from 22 February to 18 June 2017

The masterpieces of Egon Schiele: works both passionate and ruthlessly blunt, and at once highly subjective and allegorical.

To kick off the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Schiele’s death, the Albertina is devoting a broadly conceived exhibition to this seminal artist. The selection for this showing introduces visitors to an oeuvre centred on the great theme of human beings’ existential loneliness.

Works from the Albertina’s extensive collection provide this exhibition’s conceptual starting point and are complemented by various important loan works from Austrian and foreign collections and museums.

The showing thus presents a unique perspective on Schiele’s artistic development, which was so abruptly terminated upon his untimely death at the tender age of 28.

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Picture: Egon Schiele, Seated couple, 1915 © Albertina, Vienna

Art Nouveau season on Europeana Art – from 21 February 2017

Beginning in mid-February, Art Nouveau season on Europeana Art will explore the depth and diversity of this influential art movement. It will encourage Europeana's audiences to explore Art Nouveau’s distinctive geographic variations, its beautiful manifestations in various media (e.g. jewellery, poster design, ceramics) and discover the work of influential artists. Art Nouveau season will feature famous masterpieces alongside lesser known high-quality works from across the continent. The season will highlight institutions holding important Art Nouveau material and present editorial features on these collections, presented in a series of guest blogs written by curators and collections managers. Season partners include the following institutions: Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest; Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya; Albertina; Aveiro City Museum; Glasmuseum Hentrich, Dusseldorf; Schola Graphidis Art Collection, Budapest; National Museum, Warsaw; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg.

Europeana is Europe's platform for digital cultural heritage, publishing online over 54m collections items from almost 4000 European museums, libraries, galleries and archives.

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Picture: Europeana

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