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Final symposium of the Art Nouveau & Ecology project at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana – on 20 March 2015


The Réseau Art Nouveau Network invites you to celebrate the end of its European project "Art Nouveau & Ecology" during a final symposium, which will expose the achievements and the actions of the project and will present the scientific interventions of international Art Nouveau experts.

The official label-giving of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, by the Director of the European Cultural Institute, will also be celebrated on the occasion of this free event open to everyone (compulsory registration).

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Photo: Ivan Vurnik, Cooperative Bank, 1921-1922, Contractors: Miroslav Kasal, Ivan Ogrin © Miran Kambič

Publication for children The Art Nouveau Herbarium soon available on our Website!


Through a funny presentation thanks to stickers, children will learn to recognize flowers and plants that inspired numerous Art Nouveau artists all over Europe and their importance, arousing them to the ecological behaviors and to the botany.

This second publication for children offered by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in the framework of the European project "Art Nouveau & Ecology" will be soon available on the Network’s Website in the Educational tools - Booklets section.


Photo: Cover of the publication "The Art Nouveau Herbarium", 2015 © RANN

Online activities Art Nouveau and Nature now available on our Website!


These games will enable the children (and also adults) to discover some of Art Nouveau’s hidden treasures and show how nature inspired the furniture and buildings created in this style. 

These online activities are now available on the Réseau Art Nouveau Network’s Website in the Online activities section

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Photo: Apel·les Mestres i Josep Moragas, La Viola D'Or, 1870 © MAE

Travelling exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 1 in Ljubljana – from 20 January to 19 April 2015


Organised by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in the framework of the European project "Art Nouveau & Ecology" (2010-2015) supported by the Culture 2007-2013 programme of the European Commission, the exhibition comprises two identical concurrent exhibitions and has begun its journey to all partner cities in October 2013.

After Barcelona, the exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 1 will be presented in Ljubljana at the Narodni Muzej Slovenije, fifth step of its European journey, from 20 January until 19 April 2015.

This exhibition is free and bilingual Slovene-English.

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Do not forget that the double of the exhibition, The Nature of Art Nouveau 2, is still presented in Aveiro at the Galeria da Antiga Capitania do Porto until 27 February!


Photo: Poster of the exhibition "The Nature of Art Nouveau - Nova Umetnost in narava", 2014 © RANN

Travelling exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 2 in Aveiro – from 1 December 2014 to 27 February 2015


Organised by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in the framework of the European project "Art Nouveau & Ecology" (2010-2015) supported by the Culture 2007-2013 programme of the European Commission, the exhibition comprises two identical concurrent exhibitions and has begun its journey to all partner cities in October 2013.

After Bad Nauheim, the exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 2 will be presented in Aveiro at the Galeria da Antiga Capitania do Porto, fifth step of its European journey, from 1 December until 27 February 2015.

This exhibition is free and bilingual Portuguese-English.

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Do not forget that the double of the exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 1 is presented in Barcelona at the Museu del Disseny until 6 January 2015!


Photo: Poster of the exhibition "The Nature of Art Nouveau - Naturezas da Arte Nova", 2014 © RANN

The Réseau Art Nouveau Network now Cultural Route of the Council of Europe!


The Réseau Art Nouveau Network is delighted to announce that it has been approved for certification as a Council of Europe Cultural Route by the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA), following the final defense which took place on 11 April 2014 in Luxembourg.

Through numerous activities (travelling exhibitions, colloquiums, publications, activities for children…), the Réseau Art Nouveau Network indeed created since 1999 an active cooperation and an exchange of experiences between multiple European actors concerned by the study and the conservation of the European and International Art Nouveau heritage, as well as by its promotion and diffusion towards the public while underlining the cultural values and the European dimension of this heritage.

It answers thus to the different requested criteria for the granting of this mention (representative theme of the European values common to several countries; projects of multilateral long-term cooperation of scientific research, of heritage conservation and enhancement – especially towards the young Europeans; organisation in independent and structured network…) and has been recognized by the EPA of the Council of Europe as a “a cultural, educational heritage and tourism co-operation project aiming at the development and promotion of an itinerary or a series of itineraries based on a historic route, a cultural concept, figure or phenomenon with a transnational importance and significance for the understanding and respect of common European values.” (Annexe to Resolution CM/Res(2013)66)

It joins the 26 others Cultural Routes certified yet for a three-years collaboration especially with the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR), technical body set up in 1998 to ensure the continuity and development of the Cultural Routes programme in the 50 signatory countries of the European Cultural Convention.

The Cultural Routes programme was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987. Its objective was to demonstrate, by means of a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe contributes to a shared cultural heritage. The Cultural Routes put into practice the fundamental principles of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural democracy, cultural diversity and identity, dialogue, mutual exchange and enrichment across boundaries and centuries.

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Photo: Logo of the Council of Europe

Exhibition Flora's Feast at the Halles Saint-Géry in Brussels – from 7 February to 29 March 2015


The floral pattern in Art Nouveau

The floral pattern is used in the decorative arts or architecture since time immemorial and in almost all cultures. However, at the time of Art Nouveau, it is reinvented in our area upon contact with Japan of which borders open from 1868. Our artists discover then how their colleagues looked at nature: Japanese artists accepted the nature how she presented itself in reality, with its imperfections and its fragilities, and enhanced its particularities through their art. Flowers that can be found on Japanese fabrics, lacquered items or engravings presented a surprising aspect, sometimes tortuous, even withered, which was not habitual in our area. This new look at nature opened new ways of inspiration to our Belgian artists, withered with the academic repertoire. Our Art Nouveau overflows thus of original interpretations of the flower, under all its forms and colors. Our exhibition presents to you several examples through, among others, some posters, stained-glasses or sgraffitos from Brussels.

Curator: Guy Conde-Reis
Scientific collaboration : Françoise Aubry (Horta Museum, Saint-Gilles) et Eric Hennaut (Pechère Library).

This exhibition organised by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network at the initiative of the Monuments and Sites Directorate of the Brussels Regional Public Service in the framework of the "Art Nouveau & Ecology" project.

A book, in progress, will develop the subject (publishing around March).

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Photo: Poster of the exhibition "Flora's Feast", 2010 © DMS, SPRB

Become members of the RANN Association!


Following the General Assembly which took place in Aveiro on 25 January 2013, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network is delighted to announce the opening of memberships to its association to individual members.
The annual membership fee amounts to 50 Euros and will give new advantages to the RANN Friends.

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Photo: Logo of the RANN Association © RANN

The Réseau Art Nouveau Network is on Facebook 


Discover the Réseau Art Nouveau Network's Facebook page


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

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

Exhibition Wally Neuzil at the Leopold Museum in Vienna – from 27 February to 1st June 2015


Her Life with Egon Schiele

The painting “Wally”, housed by the Vienna Leopold Museum, is among the most well-known works by Egon Schiele. The upcoming exhibition at the Leopold Museum seeks to uncover the person behind the portrait, Walburga “Wally” Neuzil (1894-1917), approaching her through artworks, autographs, photographs and documents. Featured in the presentation will be eminent paintings by Schiele, such as “Death and the Maiden”, an important loan from the Belvedere, as well as drawings and watercolors by Schiele for which Wally acted as a model. The exhibition comprises works from the Leopold Museum, the Leopold Private Collection as well as loans from Austrian and international collections.

The exhibition examines the stages of Wally’s life, her professions, from model to nurse, and tells the tale of a woman’s fate in fin-de-siècle Vienna, between self-sacrifice and self-fulfillment, between a life without taboos and profound humanity.

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Photo: Egon Schiele, Portrait Wally Neuzil, 1912 © Leopold Museum, Inv. 453

Exhibition Lechner, A Creative Genius at the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest – from 19 November 2014 to 31 May 2015


In 2014 the Museum commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Ödön Lechner (1845–1914), one of the greatest Hungarian architects and one of the original geniuses of the European architectural scene at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. To mark this anniversary, the Institute of Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest are jointly organizing an international conference and an exhibition.

This exhibition presents the whole scope of the work of the architect Ödön Lechner. Special attention is paid to five major works, nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status: the Kecskemét City Hall, the parish church of Budapest-Kőbánya, the Museum of Applied Arts, the Institute of Geology, and the Postal Savings Bank. Visitors can familiarise themselves with these through the architect’s original plans and drawings, as well as period and modern photographs. Working drawings of the ornaments so crucial to Lechner’s work, the publications which inspired him, and examples of the Zsolnay ceramic in which they were realized are also presented. One of the rooms evokes the world of the Japan Coffee House, Lechner’s second home, another acommodates a panoramic movie of his major works.

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Photo: Logo of the exhibition "Lechner, A creative genius", 2014 © Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

Exhibition Treasures of architecture at the CIVA in Brussels – from 28 January to 19 April 2015


From Art Nouveau to the Expo 58

The exhibition Treasures of architecture, first of this type to be presented at the CIVA and organised by the Modern Architecture Archives (AAM), offers an initiatory and didactic tour from Art Nouveau to the Expo 58.

Among the "treasures" of this installation, the general public will discover rare works as well as numerous unseen works (plans that were believed to be vanished, unknown projects of Van de Velde, impressive series of water towers …).

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Photo: Victor Horta (1861‐1947), project of the Municipal Development seen from the side of the Ravenstein street in Brussels, 1928 © Archives d’Architecture Moderne

Exhibition Ways to Modernism at the MAK in Vienna – from 17 December 2014 to 14 April 2015


Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) and Adolf Loos (1870–1933) were the most important architects and designers in Vienna around 1900 in the generation after Otto Wagner. They developed two contrary approaches to the expression of individuality and self-realization among modern consumers. Josef Hoffmann followed a revolutionary path that led to the creation of utilitarian objects and architecture as aesthetic products in an ever-changing array of new designs. Adolf Loos pursued an evolutionary strategy that viewed utilitarian objects and architecture not as art products, but as the discrete background for individual lifestyles. These two contrary mindsets represent fundamental interpretations of the tasks of modern architects and designers as well as different images of modern lifestyles of the emancipated citizen.

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Photo: Portraits of Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos, 1903 © MAK, Vienna

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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