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Like they have been doing for a few years now, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network (RANN) has announced their annual photo & drawing contest for the 7th World Art Nouveau Day!

Poster for World Art Nouveau Day 2019 Photo Competition

In 2014 RANN organised an Art Nouveau Selfie contest. In 2015 the subject of the contest was Women in Art Nouveau and in 2016 we focussed on Art Nouveau Details. In 2017 the theme was Art Nouveau and Movement, and last year they asked to submit photo’s of our Favorite Art Nouveau Architect.

This year, the theme for the contest is:

Art Nouveau Staircases

On the 10th of June 2019*, RANN will celebrate World Art Nouveau Day and you are all warmly invited to take part in this international event, open to all!

This seventh time will be dedicated to the theme Art Nouveau Staircases. Absolute backbones of the building, these spaces of circulation, sometimes intended to diffuse natural light in the interiors, did not escape the creative impetus of Art Nouveau. From the start of a staircase to the banister, the Art Nouveau patterns and movements spread out in various forms in order to adapt to its users, owners and housekeepers. The 2019 edition of World Art Nouveau Day will highlight these spaces, that are sometimes majestic and imposing, sometimes discreet and narrow but always essential.

RANN Assembly in Szeged Hungary, Staircase at Reök Palace (I am in the back!)

Introduce us the most outstanding Art Nouveau staircases, according to you, by participating in this photo contest!

World Art Nouveau Day Photo Contest

Send your most beautiful pictures and/or drawings of your kids showing an Art Nouveau staircase before 5 June 2019 at midnight, to info@artnouveau-net.eu, together with your completed entry form.

All photographs and drawings received matching the theme will be published on 10 June at the RANN Facebook page and submitted to the vote of the internet community. You will also be invited to guess which Art Nouveau building and architect the photographs refer to.


My photo of the staircase in Hôtel Hannon, Brussels

Three winners will be announced after the photo contest:

  • Audience Award, for the most liked picture (ending at 10th June 6pm)
  • Mystery prize, for the person who can guess the origin (building, architect) of the largest number of photographs
  • Jury’s Award, awarded by the RANN secretariat and members of the Network.

One winner will be awarded for the drawing contest:

  • Public Prize, for the drawing that will have obtained the largest number of “likes” at 6pm.

Rules and regulations, as well as entry forms, can be obtained from the RANN page.

All the photographs and drawings will also be published on a Pinterest board of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network.

So, get your cameras and your pencils ready and take part in this year’s World Art Nouveau Day competition!

Staircase at Hunting Lodge Mookerheide, The Netherlands

Local Activities on World Art Nouveau Day

To discover more World Art Nouveau Day activities organised by cities and museums near you, I have created a special Facebook Page. If you follow that page, you will be updated on all local activities around Europe and beyond.

And since last year, I am coordinating all activities in The Netherlands myself! For this occasion, I have created a completely new website: http://wereldartnouveaudag.nl. All Dutch activities around World Art Nouveau Day will be listed here and organisations are heartily invited to submit their activities for (free) publication on this website.

* World Art Nouveau Day is annually celebrated on the 10th of June commemorating the death of the two great Art Nouveau architects: Catalan Antoni Gaudí and Hungarian Ödön Lechner. The first World Art Nouveau Day was initiated in 2013 by Szecessziós Magazin from Hungary.

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Facebook Page listing all activities for World Art Nouveau Day
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Réseau Art Nouveau Network
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