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"Henry van de Velde and Art Nouveau in bookbinding in Belgium" at the Wittockiana Library - from 5 October 2010 to 15 January 2011

 (2010)


In Belgium, Art Nouveau style is characterized by the curved and moving linework as well as a style always more stressed, floral ornaments going from the figure to the line. The bookbinding circle was mainly impressed by the strong personality of the architect-designer Henry van de Velde (1863-1957) who designed between 1893 and 1900 about twenty decorations for bookbindings dedicated to his own library or to some other persons close to the Belgian royal family. Not only did he create the decorations, but he also designed the gilding irons that his personal bookbinder from Brussels, Paul Claessens, had made in the Béarel workshop in Paris.

The multimedia presentation "Art Nouveau & Society" screened on 16 December 2010 at the Ares film festival at Siracusa

 (2010)


This 15 minutes film aims to present Art Nouveau in Europe and was screened in all the partner cities. Designed to be a permanent tool for our partners, it shows the cultural and social history of Art Nouveau and the times in which it grew. In a departure from the Network’s earlier exhibition (Art Nouveau in Progress), the contextual production emphasizes the wider relevance of the pan-European phenomenon that was Art Nouveau, thereby linking the past with the future.
See teaser
See poster
See press pack (English)

Opening of the kitchen of the Horta Museum on November 29th, 2010 in Brussels

 (2010)


The great restoration project of the Horta Museum, begun in 1989, will takes its end in November 2010 with the return to the original state of the kitchen and back stairs completely rebuilt on five levels. One can here again admire the building ingenuity for people traffic and light. The blue and white tiled kitchen with pitch-pine paneling gives an image of cleanliness and simplicity, which will probably confuse some of the many visitors interested in the intimate aspects of the architect's house. (Photo: Paul Louis) 

"Gesamtkunstwerk Expressionismus" au Mathildenhöhe de Darmstadt - 24 October to 13 February 2011

 (2010)


No lesser goal than “the rediscovery of expressionism” is the aim of a new exhibition in Darmstadt, featuring around 450 exhibits from the genres of art, film, literature, theatre, dance and architecture. Entitled “Expressionism as Gesamtkunstwerk”, the exhibition at the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt is intended to be more than merely a reflection of the “Blue Rider”, explained Ralf Beil, director of the Mathildenhöhe Institute. “We are offering a rediscovery of expressionism, a cultural historical panorama”, he announced. The exhibition is on show from 24 October to 13 February 2011. The works date back to the period between 1905 and 1925. A particular focus of the exhibition is on the networks that existed between artists at that time, and on the interplay between literature, fine art and film. The exhibits, among them paintings, ink drawings, sculptures and handwritten notes by artists conscripted into the First World War, will be presented in their historical context in Darmstadt. “The Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt is rediscovering expressionism as a collective movement before and after the First World War”, stated Beil.

"Paul Nicolas (1875-1952). Itinéraire d'un verrier lorrain" at the Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy - 6 November 2010 to 13 February 2011

 (2010)


Paul Nicolas' route began at the heart of Nancy's Art Nouveau. Hired by Gallé in 1893, he acquired a solid experience and founded his own glassware from 1919. Far from merely repeting an old-fashioned style, the glassmaker used his technical knowledge to create high quality non-figurative pieces. Numerous graphic documents illustrate the gifts of designer Paul Nicolas and his passion for botanics that stood out at Gallé's. A set of glass held in public or private collections, demonstrates techniques and formal research conducted throughout his career by the artist, at Gallé's side, then within the "Gathered Writers" under the name "D 'Argental "with the factory of Saint-Louis-lčs-Bitche, or under the signature "Paul Nicolas". 
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue designed in collaboration with the Nicolas family.

There are now more than 170 doctorate theses in our Art Nouveau research database!

 (2010)


The database aims to list PhD theses and post-doctorate theses related to the Art Nouveau movement.
Access the database

The digital recordings of the international symposium "The Perception of Art Nouveau" are now available on line

 (2010)


The international symposium "Perception of Art Nouveau" offered a historiographical stock-take of Art Nouveau from its heyday (1880-1920), which brought it as many admirers as detractors as the texts and caricatures testify, to its rediscovery by artists and intellectuals (1930-1950), and its current economic and touristic revaluation.
This event has been labellised in the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union.
Access the lectures

"Rīgas Jugendstils Interjers" - Art Nouveau interiors in Rīga" by Vita Banga, Jumava publications

 (2010)


This book was created to resemble a walk through an Art Nouveau apartment where one can view carious interior styles and new technological innovations, as well as get a feeling of the typical changes affecting city life in the early 20th c. While reading, one can view the apartement as a work of art where every nuance reflects the era - furniture, dishes, and, of course, the many different colours reflected in the decorative pieces. The many illustrations conjure up a certain atmosphere that ruled the city's daily life, the changing teimes, and were reflected in the apartments of the residents of Riga.
Bilingual Latvian-English edition. Editions Jumava. 2010. ISBN 978-9984-38-757-4.

"Sur les traces de l'Art nouveau en Ukraine, Kiev et Lviv" by Youri Biryulov, CIVA publications

 (2010)


The CIVA (International Centre for Urbanism, Archirtecture and Landscape) releases a new French-Ukrainian architecture guide about Ukrainian Art Nouveau heritage, including walks around the cities of Kiev and Lviv. Richly illustrated with photographs and maps, the book presents how to walk around the cities or to discover it from home. This reference publication is published in a collection initiated by the CIVA several years ago on Art Nouveau and its inventory.
Youri Biryulov (Auteur), stitched, CIVA Publishing House (28 January 2011), Language: French - Ukrainian. ISBN-10: 2930391375. ISBN-13: 978-2930391373.

"Art for all" at the Jugendstilsenteret in Ålesund from 16 October 2010

 (2010)


The exhibition focuses on the importance of the enormous spreading of images through the post during the Art Nouveau-period. What impact did this mass-communication have on the public’s general taste and on the spreading of Art Nouveau at an international scale? The exhibition is based on the collector Ivar Ulvestad’s postcard-collection.
See postcards slideshow

Attention, the Jugendstilverein changes website!

 (2010)


The new address is as follows: http://www.jugendstilverein-bad-nauheim.de

"Jewelry by artist. From Modernisme to the early avant-garde" at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC) - 26 October 2010 to 13 February 2011

 (2010)


The exhibition will reveal how major artists at the forefront of creative trends in the fertile 20th century --both Catalans and their international counterparts, from Modernisme to the first historic avant-garde movements --approached the world of jewellery. 
The exhibition will expose the least-known facets of Auguste Rodin, Hector Guimard, Alphonse Mucha, Josep Hoffmann, Josep Llimona, Koloman Moser, Serrurier-Bovy, Henry Van de Velde, Manolo Hugué, Paco Durrio, Xavier Nogués, Pau Gargallo, Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, Salvador Dalí, André Derain, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, Charlotte Perriand, Hans Arp, Giorgio de Chirico, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Julio González, Henri Laurens and Alberto Giacometti, as well as many others. 
The works on show come from public institutions and museums all over the world, as well as from private collections and from the MNAC's own collection. In particular, the exhibition will include works from different museums all over the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée Rodin, in Paris; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, in Madrid; the Institut d'Art Modern (IVAM), in Valencia, and the Museo de Bellas Artes, in Bilbao, amongst many others, and from numerous private collections in Europe and America.

An Art Nouveau calendar published by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki

 (2010)


The calendar can be ordered from the museum shop:
Museum of Finnish Architecture/Bookshop
Kasarmikatu 24
FIN-00130 Helsinki
Tel. + 358 (0) 9 8567 5100
Fax + 358 (0) 9 8567 5101
Email: leena.pallasoja@mfa.fi
The price of the calendar is EUR 25,00.
Maling costs are EUR 9,00 in Europe and EUR 13,00 for the rest of the world.
Payment by Credit Card or SWIFT account.

Bad Nauheim is part of the "Route of Industrial Culture"

 (2010)


This route in the region Rhine-Main, created in 2000, is part of the EC project “Sustainable and Accessible Urban Landscape” and leads to listed industrial monuments as well as to modern outstanding industrial buildings and facilities, which form a regions culture. They are open for visitors once a year during the “Week of Industrial Culture”.
Since December 2010 Bad Nauheim belongs to this route, presenting 21 industrial facilities, a lot of them with the main focus on Art Nouveau Heritage which is unique in Europe.
Examples are the central engine hall from 1906 with its ice-production, electric power station and district heating and the nearby steam laundry. Fascinating too is the distribution of the thermal waters with its complicated pipe system underneath the spa complex “Sprudelhof”. All these examples are technical masterpieces and were up to date at this time. 
Moreover the salt production is an important part of Bad Nauheim industrial history, actually being the origin of the later spa development. The old saline building, the saline works, the big water wheels and windmills testify to that time.
Further information: www.route-der-industriekultur-rhein-main.de

Art Nouveau weekend in Nancy, from 26 to 28 June 2009

 (2009)


Many exhibitions, guided tours, animations, shows, conferences, secondhand markets, crafts demonstrations will be organised during this weekend fully dedicated to Art Nouveau.
See full programme (in French)

The Réseau Art Nouveau Network will participate to the colloquium entitled "Liberty Style in Palermo and national and international Art Nouveau experiences" in Palermo - 22 and 23 June 2009

 (2009)


The Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, member of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, will take part in the colloquium to present the Réseau Art Nouveau Network at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Liberty Style in Italy. Our partners from Lombardia (Regione Lombardia), Glasgow (The Glasgow School of Art), Helsinki (Helsinki City Museum), Riga (Riga Technical University and Riga Art Nouveau Centre) will also participate to the part entitled "The Liberty Movement in Europe" of the colloquium.
See programme (in Italian) 

Screening of our new multimedia presentation "Art Nouveau and Society"

 (2009)


This 15 minutes film aims to present Art Nouveau in Europe and will be screened in all the partner cities. Designed to be a permanent tool for our partners, it shows the cultural and social history of Art Nouveau and the times in which it developed. In a departure from the Network’s earlier exhibition (Art Nouveau in Progress), this contextual production will emphasize the wider relevance of the pan-European phenomenon that was Art Nouveau, thereby linking the past with the future.
See teaser
See poster
See press pack (English)

Aveiro: permanent screening at the new Art Nouveau museum 
Alesund: from May to December 2008 at the Jugendstilsenteret 
Bad Nauheim: 14 September 2008 in the Sprudelhof, Spa House 6 - See poster
Barcelona: from 22 October at the Hotel Casa Fuster 
Bruxelles-Brussel: 15 October to 22 February 2009 at the Musée du Cinquantenaire - See poster See invitation
Glasgow: from 11 October 2008 on the third floor of the Lighthouse 
Helsinki: permanent screening at the City Museum of Helsinki 
La Habana: from 7 to 14 November in the framework of the Belgian week
Ljubljana: from 4 November at the National Gallery 
Lodz: in September 2008 at the Art Centre or at the Textile Museum (to be confirmed) 
Nancy : from 22 October at the Musée Ecole de Nancy
Provincia di Varese: launch on 25 October 2008 at the Cinema Nuovo - Viale dei Mille (Varese) - See invitation
Riga: launch on 11 March 2009 at the Art Nouveau Centre

The Réseau Art Nouveau website now available in 7 languages!

 (2009)


Our website www.artnouveau-net.eu is now available in Catalan, German, Slovene, Italian and Norwegian !
Access to Catalan version
Access to German version
Access to Slovene version
Access to Italian version
Access to Norwegian version

Exhibition "The Cauchie House and the poster-facade" at the Archive of Modern Architecture in Brussels - from 22 June to 25 October 2009

 (2009)


From summer 2009, an exhibition will focus on the "poster-facade" topic around the Cauchie House, undeniable masterpiece of Art Nouveau in Brussels. "poster-facade" means a facade expressing a cultural, philosophical, commercial message…, independant from the building behind, such as the newspaper La Dépęche du Midi by Léon Jaussely in Toulouse or, more recently, Le Monde in Paris. In Brussels, the facade of the Cauchie House is the most striking example of poster-facade; it here expresses the desire to draw the attention of passer-bys and invite to know more about the art of the owner, an artist- designer who specialized in architectural sgraffito. The exhibition will compare the Cauchie House facade to other facades in Europe. Exhibition organized by the Archive of Modern Architecture in association with the Cauchie House Association. 

Extraordinary tours 2009 at the Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy

 (2009)


A privileged moment in the heart of the collections... Guided tours for amateurs and Art Nouveau lovers... Every saturday at 11.00 a.m., from July to October, with a lecturer from the museum culture department.
Programme of guided tours (in French)

Exhibition-folder "The Ecole de Nancy at the International Exhibition of the East of France, Nancy, 1909" at the Museum of the Ecole de Nancy - from 27 May 2009 to 3 January 2010

 (2009)


At the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the exhibition, the Museum of the Ecole de Nancy will remind the last participation of the Ecole de Nancy to an international exhibition through works from the collection that were displayed at the time and ancient documents illustrating the pavilion created by Eugčne Vallin in the Park Sainte-Marie.

Listing at the UNESCO World Heritage for La Chaux-de-Fonds and Brussels

 (2009)


The clock heritage of the cities of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle has just been listed by the UNESCO World Heritage.
It is also the case for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, built between 1905 and 1911 by the famous Austrian architect Joseph Hoffmann.

New website for the Art Nouveau European Route

 (2009)


The Art Nouveau European Route now has a new website www.coupdefouet.eu where you can find information pages about each partner city and also the PDF versions of the CoupdeFouet magazine, which 13th issue has just been published.
Access to the magazine page

3d Day of Clock Heritage in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle on November 7th, 2009

 (2009)


Discover the the exciting world of watchmaking in the heart of its production. A rare chance to visit workshops and factories which develop and manufacture Swiss made watches. But also an opportunity to browse museums and other places of the towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, both freshly inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO for their watch urban heritage. 
Program available this autumn at the Tourism neuchâtelois +41 (0) 32 889 68 95 or www.patrimoinehorloger.ch 

Exhibition dedicated to the listed buildings of the city of Ålesund at the Jugendstilsenteret

 (2009)


The reconstruction of the town centre of Ålesund after the town fire of 1904 gave the town a remarkably homogenous architecture: a striking, local interpretation of Art Nouveau concentrated in a limited area. The town’s architecture is of high artistic, architectural and cultural historic value. That is why, over the period 1985-2003, the Directorate for Cultural Heritage chose to list a total of ten Art Nouveau buildings in Ålesund.

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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