Throwback to the Symposium “The interiors of Art nouveau period : analyse, restore, make accessible” held Brussels in November 2019



On the occasion of RANN’s 20th anniversary,, a founding member of RANN, hosted an international symposium in Brussels on 29 & 30 November, co-organised with RANN, in partnership with the Horta Museum and the CIVA, and dedicated to the theme “The interiors of the Art Nouveau period interiors: analyse, restore, make accessible”.

This subject of interiors had not yet been scientifically exploited in a transversal manner in Europe; the aim of this colloquium was to provoke a confrontation on research practices, understanding, conservation and enhancement of Art Nouveau interiors, in order to identify new research perspectives.

The programme of the symposium was structured around 17 speakers from all Europe presenting Art Nouveau interiors from Ålesund (Norway), Barcelona (Spain), Brussels (Belgium), Krakow (Poland), Istanbul (Turkey), La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), Moscow (Russia), Nancy (France), Terrassa (Spain) and Zagreb (Croatia).

A publication of the symposium’s proceedings will be freely accessible to the public in digital form from mid-June 2020; paper copies will also be made available to European libraries and museums.

Videos of the various interventions will also be published on the RANN YouTube channel in early 2020.

The symposium was a great success: 181 people attended, of which 76% came from Belgium and 24% from abroad.