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Opening of the Fin-de-siècle Museum in Brussels – from 6 December 2013

These works will reflect the multitude of artistic disciplines between 1865 and the founding of the Société libre des Beaux-Arts, and 1914.

Famous visual artists like Constantin Meunier, James Ensor, Henri Evenepoel, Fernand Khnopff, Léon Spilliaert and Georges Minne testify to the effervescent activity of this period, reflected also in all other creative fields: literature, opera, music, architecture, photography and poetry (Maurice Maeterlinck, Emile Verhaeren, Octave Maus, Victor Horta, Henry Van de Velde, Maurice Kufferath, Guillaume Lekeu and others).
Art Nouveau architecture will also be evoked by means of a 3D projection.

Located at the heart of Brussels, where between 1884 and 1914 the exhibitions of Les XX and La Libre Esthétique made the city one of the artistic capitals of the late nineteenth century, this museum will be distinguished by its multidisciplinary nature, through a partnership formed with the Royal Library, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, the Royal Museums of Art and History, Cinematek, the Bibliotheca Wittockiana, the King Baudouin Foundation and the Brussels Capital Region for housing the Gillion Crowet collection, which will be one of the museum's highlights.

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Photo: Alphonse Mucha : “The Nature”, 1899-1900. Gillion Crowet dation-in-payment to the Brussels-Capital Region, 2006. Collection in Trust of the RMFAB — Photo : Bruno Piazza (Gillion Crowet)

Exhibition Henry van de Velde, Passion - Function – Beauty at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels – from 13 September to 12 January 2013

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry van de Velde, the exhibition Henry van de Velde – Passion - Function - Beauty will be a chronological survey of the life and work of this multi-facetted artist, based on a never previously seen assembly of works of art and a multitude of documents, including photographs and letters. It is being set up by the Royal Museums of Art and History in co-operation with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and will be held from 13 September 2013 to 12 January 2014 at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels, following a previous showing in the spring of 2013 at the Neues Museum Weimar. Numerous other activities to do with Van de Velde and organized by other bodies will be taking place in the margins of this retrospective.

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Presentation of the exhibition in French and Dutch

Photo: Henry Van de Velde, source:

Exceptional opening of three prestigious Art Nouveau mansions in Brussel – from May to December 2013

The Max Hallet House (V. Horta), the Solvay House (V. Horta) and the Ciamberlani House (P. Hankar) will be exceptionally open to the public on the first Saturdays of May, June, September, November and December 2013 for visits in French and English organised by the Voir & Dire Bruxelles association.

See the presentation leaflet

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Photo: Ciamberlani Hotel, presentation leaflet, source:

Call for papers Art nouveau revisited: trends and peculiarities in Brussels – from 13 to 14 February 2014

As part of the European Partage Plus project, on the 13th and 14th February 2014 KIK-IRPA will hold a symposium dedicated to the study of Art Nouveau. It will be the 15th art history seminar, an initiative of the Documentation department of KIK-IRPA:

Art nouveau revisited: trends and peculiarities

Emphasis will be laid on the different coexisting trends and peculiarities of art nouveau, both in Belgium and abroad. Freed from the yoke of historicism, artists and craftsmen drew their inspiration from highly diverse sources, revisiting local cultures and celebrating secular artisanal techniques (wrought iron, hammering, sgraffito, ceramics, stained glass…) and regional materials. The invention of this unique decorative vocabulary was enriched by the assimilation of organic forms inspired by nature, archetypes of industrial civilization as well as japonism.

The symposium will be a unique opportunity to present the variety of examples from our cultural heritage as well as to exchange point of views on the matter.

If you would like to give a presentation on this issue, please send following documents to before the 20th of December : a short summary of maximum 15 lines, a provisional title, your CV and a list of publications. The presentations, which will last about thirty minutes each, will be given in French, Dutch or English.

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Photo: Personal House of Edouard Frankinet, avenue des Rogations 21 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. Source:

Participation of the RANN at the international colloquium Symbolism and modern aesthetic in the Balkans in Paris – 8 and 9 November 2013

Scientific committee Catherine Méneux HiCSA, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Adriana Sotropa, Centre François-Georges Pariset, Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3

With the support of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute, of the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Cultural Center of Serbia

Very little present in the general histories of European art, the Balkans – considered here in their historical and cultural meaning and not only geographical – reflects to a white spot in the cartography of the European Symbolism. The use of this category in local art histories has never been the subject of comparative studies and was only rarely compared with the occidental situation.
This colloquium suggests tackling questions linked to the reception of Symbolism, to the use and the diffusion of similar terms or categories, related or adversary in the art critic and in historiography of this part of Europe.
Breda Mihelic, President of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network Association will present its members and its activites for this occasion.

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Photo: Stefan Luchian, Decorative panel. The Spring, around 1900, National Art Museum of Romania, Bucharest

Exhibition Henry van de Velde. Letters of architects at the KBR in Brussels – from 26 September to 30 November 2013

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Henry van de Velde’s birth, the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique (Royal Library of Belgium), the Centrum Vlaamse architectuurarchieven (Flamish Center of architecture archives) and the Archives & Musée de la Littérature (Archives and Museum of Litterature) pay tribute to this great architect through an exhibition devoted to his correspondence.
The exhibition “Henry van de Velde. Letters of architects” let us enter into the intimacy of friendships built up by this great Belgian in this world of international architecture. It covers his “second Belgian period” and the last years of his life, spent in Switzerland, from 1926 to 1957.

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Photo: Van de Velde at his desk in Oberägeri,(c) Archief Raphael Verwilghen, Leuven

Exhibition Crossed fires at the Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy – from 28 September 2013 to 19 January 2014

Concurrently with the exhibition “Meisenthal, the sacred fire” organized at the Poirel Galleries, the Museum presents series of contemporary glass works created at the International Center of glass-work Art of Meisenthal, establishing a parallel with glassworks of Emile Gallé realized with this same glasswork manufacture, one century ago.

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Photo: Crossed fires, source:

3rd Multilateral Exchange of the RANN at the Helsinki City hall – on 4 October 2013

“Art Nouveau architecture, building protection and restoration policies - cases from different European cities”

The goal of this exchange day is to compare the legislations used in different European countries and possibly to see the evolution of legislations in Europe since the first multilateral exchange on the same topic (Brussels, December 2010). The interesting issue of the Art Nouveau heritage restoration will also be part of the topic of this day.
The informal meeting, practical and in a small group will allow a direct dialogue and a sharing of knowledge between interested co-organisers and professionals. A great space will be dedicated to practical presentations (for example PowerPoint Presentation, administrative files, city budgets dedicated to restoration of listed buildings, etc…), questions and debates.
The presentations on protection polities and financial supports can be done at the level of listed buildings in the city scale or can be a specific study case concerning one Art Nouveau listed building.

Free participation, compulsory registration before 30 September 2013

Programme of the event

Photo: Helsinki, Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren & Eliel Saarinen, National Museum of Finland, 1902-1912

International colloquium "Art Nouveau and Asia" in Nice – from 26 to 28 September 2013

Organized by the FEDERPAC program of the IrASIA and Aix-Marseille University with the collaboration of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network and the Nice University.

The Réseau Art Nouveau Network will be presented by its President during the colloquium.

Programme of the event
Abstracts of the lectures

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Photo: Poster of the colloquium "Art Nouveau and Asia"

The RANN’s Website now in Finnish and Dutch!

Discover now the Réseau Art Nouveau Network's members and activities in Finnish and Dutch!  

Photo: Terrassa, photograph: Serge Brison,(c)RANN

Release of a special issue of the magazine Bruxelles Patrimoines

The Monuments & Sites Department of the Ministry of Brussels-Capital Region has just published a special issue of the magazine Bruxelles Patrimoines dedicated to the 2013 heritage days, on the theme of “Brussels, show-off”?

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Photo: Cover of the special issue 006-007 of the Bruxelles Patrimoines Magazine

Release of the 21th issue of the coupDefouet magazine from Barcelona

CoupDefouet is published by the Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council, which has the common commitment to find useful and efficient mechanisms for the protection and promotion of Europe's Art Nouveau heritage.

This new issue is especially interesting as it highlights the travelling exhibition “The Nature of Art Nouveau” organised by the RANN, which will simultaneously in Brussels and Helsinki on 4 October 2013.

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Photo: Cover of the 21th issue of the coupDefouet Magazine

7th Art Nouveau and Art Deco Biennial in Brussels – from 5 to 27 October 2013

When the doors of private homes in Brussels open to the public!

The 7th Art Nouveau and Art Deco Biennial Event will be held in October 2013. Over 4 weekends, Voir et Dire Bruxelles will organise guided tours of interiors and guided walks which will promote the rich diversity of architecture in Brussels from 1893 to 1939.
The Biennial Event is a unique opportunity to go inside private homes that are lived in every day and loved by their owners, whose history is shared with the public by professional guides.
The exhibition “The Nature of Art Nouveau” organised by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network will be presented during the third week-end of the Biennal, on 19 and 20 October 2013.
Whether you be a fan of historic buildings, an enthusiastic inhabitant of Brussels or a weekend tourist, we invite you to the 2013 Biennial Event that will be full of beautiful discoveries!

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Photo: Poster of the Biennial Art Nouveau Art Deco 2013, Voir et Dire Bruxelles

30th European Heritage Days – 14 and 15 September 2013

The 2013 edition of the Heritage Days in the Brussels Capital Region will take place on 14th and 15th September on the theme: "Brussels, m’as-tu vu?/Brussels show off".
This year, the Heritage Days celebrate their 25th anniversary in Belgium: the perfect opportunity for a festive programme with over 100 venues and lots of events around Art Nouveau heritage.
Open to all and completely free

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In Nancy the Villa Majorelle, listed as Historic Monuments since 1996, is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 12 am and 2 to 6 pm.
Free entrance, access to the ground-floor and the garden.
At the Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy, the aquarium (listed) and the garden (registered) are stamped as Historic Monuments, since 1998.
The Museum will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Free entrance with exceptional opening of the aquarium.

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Have a nice heritage week-end!

Photo: L'aquarium du musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, photo D. Boyer, (c) Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy

Exhibition Posters of Art Nouveau – New Technology about 1900 at Badehaus 3 in Sprudelhof of Bad Nauheim – from 1st to 29 September 2013

The exhibition presents copies of posters designed by famous Art Nouveau artists: the designed posters of Toulouse-Lautrec, Cheret, Bradley and many others advertise for automobiles, bicycles, telephones, electricity and a lot of innovations. The rapid development of mobility, communication and energy together with all social and political changes illustrate the beginning of a new era in the early days of the 20th century.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday from 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 am – 6.00 pm

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Photo: Cover of the catalogue of the exhibition Posters of Art Nouveau – New Technology about 1900, Bad Nauheim

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