The Réseau Art Nouveau Network celebrated World Art Nouveau Day 2021 with a photographic exhibition dedicated to the year’s theme: The Animals of Art Nouveau. The exhibition took place in Halles Saint-Géry, Brussels, from 10 June to 8 September 2021.

Celebrated every 10 June, World Art Nouveau Day honours the genius of the great creators of Art Nouveau. It coincides with the anniversary of the death of two great architects: the Catalan Antoni Gaudí i Cornet and the Hungarian Ödön Lechner.

This year’s World Day is dedicated to the theme of animals in Art Nouveau. Fauna and flora have always played a key role in this style. Used to decorate buildings, objects and furniture, nature influenced the curved and abstract lines that make Art Nouveau so special. It was mainly the industrialisation of the late 19th century that led some artists to consider nature as a new artistic style, although nature had always been idealised in art, from the classical period to the Renaissance and up to the present day. In Art Nouveau, wildlife found its place in various decorations, including jewellery and ornaments. Animals such as butterflies, dragonflies, peacocks or snakes served as models for the Art Nouveau movement

Exhibition financed by