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The Horta Museum in Brussels honoured: EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards - on 10 October 2014


An award ceremony will take place at the Horta Museum in Saint-Gilles, Brussels, on 10 October (17.30) to celebrate its success in the 2014 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. The museum received the prize for a 25-year conservation project led by architect Barbara Van der Wee (IP/14/283). The master plan, conceived in 1989, involved a complete renovation of the building.

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will present the award to Charles Picqué, Mayor of Saint-Gilles and President of the Horta Museum, and its curator, Françoise Aubry. Europa Nostra will be represented at the ceremony by Denis de Kergorlay, Executive President, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General, and Jozef Van Waeyenberge, President of Europa Nostra Belgium.

Baron Victor Horta (1861-1947) was one of the pioneers and leading figures of art nouveau architecture in Europe. He designed his house and studio in Saint-Gilles in 1898, and lived and worked there for 20 years. The site is one of four Horta buildings in Brussels that are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The objective of the restoration was to return the house and studio to their original condition. The jury praised the conservation for its precision and attention to detail, as well as the synergy between the curator and the conservation architect: "They succeeded in making themselves unobtrusive enough to allow Victor Horta, so to speak, to undertake the restoration of his own home,” the jury stated.

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is the most prestigious accolade in the sector. It covers four areas: conservation; research and digitisation; dedicated service; education, training and awareness-raising.
Source: European Commission


Picture: Horta Museum, source: Europa Nostra

3rd Creative Mackintosh Festival in Glasgow – from 1st to 31 October 2014 


Throughout October 2014, the third annual Creative Mackintosh festival celebrates the creative achievements of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow’s most famous architect, designer and artist.

October becomes ‘Mackintosh month’ as visitors and locals alike are invited to enjoy a programme of events with a focus on architecture, design, visual arts and crafts in the city where he lived and worked.

From Wednesday 1st to Friday 31st of October, over 30 different events and exhibitions will take place across the main Mackintosh attractions, buildings and collections in and around Glasgow.

From walks, workshops and exhibitions to performances and talks, events are designed for all ages, to appeal to those who know nothing about Mackintosh, as well as established aficionados.

The programme will feature a range of formats with free exhibitions and workshops, ticketed tours and sociable evenings with food and drink.

Discover the full programme

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Picture: Cover of the festival programme

Visits Mackintosh's journey from student to master architect at GSA - from 1 July to 30 September 2014


During the Summer, and after, discover Mackintosh's story at the GSA, from student to master architect, on an hour long tour with our award-winning guides.

Explore Mackintosh's inspiration, education and the relationships he formed at the School.

Uncover architectural gems in the local area and examine the exterior of Mackintosh's Masterwork, The Glasgow School of Art.

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Picture: A visit at the GSA, source: www.gsa.ac.uk

Exhibition The Cradle of Art Nouveau. Victor Horta and Brussels at Pelgrims House in Brussels – from 11 to 28 September 2014


Created by the Brussels Capital Region, richly illustrated, the exhibition highlights the most beautiful realisations of the architect Victor Horta, registered on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and plunge the visitor in the intimacy of the creation of one of the greatest Art Nouveau artists, movement which has revolutionized the European spatial and architectural conceptions at the dawn of the XXth century. The Tassel, Solvay and Van Eetvelde Hôtels, as well as the personal house of the architect mix with the dismantled magnificence of the Aubecq Hôtel, demolished during the 1950’s, but of which a part of the façades, as a giant jigsaw, was recently put back together.

Scientific curators: Isabelle de Pange, Marie Resseler
Creation : Monuments and Sites Directorate – Brussels-Capital Region / 2012

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Picture: Hotel Tassel, Victor Horta

Exhibition Silver Age at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna – until 28 September 2014


Russian Art in Vienna around 1900

The Belvedere’s exhibition Silver Age - Russian Art in Vienna around 1900, scheduled for summer 2014, is devoted to Russian art and the cultural relations between Russia and Austria at the beginning of the twentieth century. The term Silver Age refers to the cultural bloom in Russian literature and the visual arts after 1900 and is considered an equivalent to the German expression Jugendstil or Art Nouveau.

The exhibition Silver Age - Russian Art in Vienna around 1900 presents works by such Russian artists as Michail Vrubel, Valentin Serov, Nicholas Roerich, and Boris Kustodiev, whose pictures were on display in Vienna more than one hundred years ago, and illustrates the mutual influences of this cultural exchange between Russian and Austrian art.

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Picture: Léon S. Bakst, Curtain „Elyseum“, 1906, Russian Museum

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