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International symposium From Neo-Impressionism to Art Nouveau by the Horta Museum in Brussels – on 20 November 2017

From Neo-Impressionism to Art Nouveau, when artists becomes craftsmen: Henry van de Velde and his contemporaries (1887 - 1914)

This symposium is organized as part of the exhibition on Henry van de Velde presented at the Horta Museum until 7 January 2018.

It will take place at the Auditorium of the CIVA Foundation (55, rue de l'ermitage, 1050, Bruxelles)

Programme (in French)

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Picture: Henry van de Velde © Horta Museum

Exhibition Diversity of architecture – Architecture of diversity in Brussels – from 5 September to 15 November 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.

From 05/09 to 30/09/2017 the exhibition is presented at the Bibliothèque francophone d’Ixelles.

For your information, here is the schedule of the next communes that will host the exhibition:
Evere : from 03/10 to 30/10/17
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode : from 14/10 to 15/11/17
Woluwe-Saint-Lambert : from 03/11 to 30/11/17
Saint-Gilles : from 21/11 to 31/12/17
Anderlecht : from 04/12 to 31/01/18

Exhibition realized by the CIVA Fondation with the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

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

2nd Symposium Egon Schiele in the Leopold Museum in Vienna – from 9 to 10 November 2017

The Leopold Museum as the seat of the largest and most important Schiele collection in the world is pleased to invite you to the second Egon Schiele Symposium to get an international overview of the state of current research on Egon Schiele and deal inspired her.

The versatility of Egon Schiele's art, his personal mythology which is expressed in his (self)portraits, the representations of landscapes or trees and houses, count now obviously amongst the great artistic achievements of the 20th century. Schiele has become such a familiar name that it is so to say necessary to rediscover his work from time to time. The symposium at the Leopold Museum gives the chance to look at the original works of art discussed during the academic lectures, to deepen them, as Egon Schiele called: "See if you can, - in a work of art"

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Picture: Egon Schiele, Self-portrait with a raised naked shoulder, 1912 © Leopold Museum, Wien, Inv. 653

Conference and workshop Restoring Art Nouveau at the IMM in Budapest – from 6 to 7 November 2017

As part of the project Sustainable protection and promotion of the Art Nouveau heritage in the Danube region, the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts is pleased to invite the public to the conference and workshop Restoring Art Nouveau.

In the conference section, experts from many fields will present examples of successful Art Nouveau building restorations and the protection of Art Nouveau heritage at various points in the Danube region, while the workshops deal with technical questions of restoration. Peter Trowles, Mackintosh Curator at the Glasgow School of Art, member of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, will give a keynote lecture on behalf of the RANN on the “restoration and redecoration of the Glasgow School of Art”.

Free of charge participation, registration required

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Picture: Ödon Lechner, Detail of the entrance of the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest © IMM

Opening of the Otto Wagner Pavilion Karlsplatz in Vienna – from 1st April to 5 November 2017

On Saturday, April 1, the Otto Wagner Pavilion Karlsplatz opens its doors for visitors after the winter break. Built in 1898 in the period of construction of the city railway, the building is a model of Viennese Art nouveau.
The pavilion hosts a presentation on the life and work of the architect as well as a shop.

The Otto Wagner Pavilion on Karlsplatz

The Art Nouveau pavilion was erected in 1898 in the course of Stadtbahn construction. Otto Wagner planned two portal buildings of identical design. Today, the Wien Museum uses the west pavilion, where the trains once left for Hütteldorf.
Wagner's design was revolutionary. The many decorative details make the station into a prime example of Viennese art nouveau. Metal and wood were painted apple-green, the signal colour of the Stadtbahn. Gold, and finest white marble were added on the exterior.
The planning for the underground rail junction of Karlsplatz in the late sixties threatened the pavilion with demolition. Protests followed; the station building was dismantled and re-erected in 1977, but elevated 1.5 m above its old level on the square. Now at last the west pavilion is paying Otto Wagner the homage due to him - with the new Otto Wagner Documentation exhibition.

The permanent exhibition dedicated to Otto Wagner

Breathing fresh life into a jewel of art nouveau: a permanent exhibition documenting Otto Wagner is being presented in the Stadtbahn Pavilion on Karlsplatz.
He was a trailblazer of modernism and one of Vienna's most influential architects: Otto Wagner. Yet there has never been a permanent exhibition documenting the life and work of this versatile architect. This gap is now filled by the Otto Wagner Pavilion, part of the Wien Museum and one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Vienna.
This trade mark of Art Nouveau on Karlsplatz has been redesigned inside by the BWM architects' office and, from 26 August, will provide the authentic background for a close-packed Otto Wagner presentation. It documents the genesis of Wagner's most famous designs, including the Church in Steinhof, the K.K. Postsparkassenamt (Post Office Savings Bank), as well as the revolutionary Stadtbahn project (light urban railway) and the modern residential buildings. It will also reveal another perspective: Otto Wagner as a radical theorist and polemicist against traditionalism and the cliché of the "idyll". Besides numerous documents, the show includes two models and is not only a fascinating homage to the architect - it also invites the visitor to set off through the city of Vienna and explore his trail. The curators of the Otto Wagner Documentation are Renata Kassal-Mikula and Isabelle Exinger; Erwin Bauer is the graphic designer.

Otto Wagner - Architect & Visionary

Otto Wagner (1841-1918), architect, "artist of building", urban planning theorist and academy professor, was one of the great pioneers of the Viennese modern movement. He left the "Gründerzeit" (the period of industrial and cultural expansion in the late nineteenth century) and its mask-like historicism behind him to propagate a new form of architecture, more in keeping with the life and times of modern people. Wagner's designs combined technical and constructional functionality with high aesthetic criteria.
Despite his many adversaries and disappointments, Otto Wagner was one of Vienna's most successful architects. His Post Office Savings Bank and the Church in Steinhof are key buildings of European architecture around 1900. As the general planner of the Vienna Stadtbahn (the light urban railway), he designed a Gesamtkunstwerk of constructional technology, a synthesis of the arts that added new accents to the cityscape.
Wagner was also an incisive and polemic author. Although advanced in age, in his study "The Expanding City" he continued to develop radical ideas for a future mega-city, regulated and laid out according to practical requirements.

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Picture: Otto Wagner Pavilion Karlsplatz © Wien Museum, photograph: Hertha Hurnaus

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),
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