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16 September – 31 December 2017, Exhibtion Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
The exhibition and tour are organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, the exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays from the Mucha Foundation and art historian Gabriel Weisberg. Drawn from one of the finest private collections of Mucha’s work in the United States, this exhibition features 75 works by the celebrated Czech master, whose varied, expressive, and seductive imagery helped form and later shape the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the 20th century.
9 September or 29 October 2017, Guided Art Nouveau Tour, Zurenborg, Antwerp, Belgium.
7 September – 15 November 2017, Exhibition Vivencial Internacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
A large exhibition and lively meeting of the Art Nouveau architecture and decorative arts in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the 20th century. Buenos Aires has a great architectural, artistic and antiquity heritage of that time, exceptional in quality and quantity, and for the first time all these facets will be exhibited in a large integral exhibition. Exceptional original pieces of antique dealers, private collectors and public entities, gathered in an unequaled collection of Art Nouveau from Argentina, America and Europe.
26 August 2017 – …, The exhibition Van Gogh & Japan opens on 26 August 2017 in the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, after which it will be on show in Tokyo from 24 October 2017 – 8 January 2018 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) and Kyoto (The National Museum of Modern Art). The show will open in Amsterdam on 23 March 2018.
Van Gogh created his own image of Japan by studying and reading about Japanese art, collecting and copying prints, and discussing their aesthetic qualities with other artists. His encounter with Japanese prints helped him to give his work a new direction. The exhibition will demonstrate, step by step, how Van Gogh bent the Japanese example to his will. In this way he defined himself as a modern artist and positioned himself opposite such artists as Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. The size, nature and importance of Van Gogh’s own collection of Japanese prints will be explored in detail, as will the role played by his prints in the renewal of his own idiom.
16 July, 11 August or 23 September 2017, Guided Art Nouveau Walk, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
The exhibition has an innovative point of departure because the focus is entirely on Toorop’s origins; influenced by the jungle, Toorop remained ‘Eastern’. The exhibition shows that Toorop had great faith in the mystical world around us.
During the exhibition, an extensive correspondence between Toorop and some of his female worshipers will be shown. In addition, work from Annie Hall, Toorops’ wife and work by students such as Mies Elout-Drabbe and Riet van Houten will be on show.
Around this exhibition, lectures take place regularly, focusing on the influences of life in the former Dutch-Indies on Toorop, animism, his style of work and color use.
16 June – 29 October 2017, Exhibition Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) is recognised as one of the most prominent artists of the Art Nouveau movement, producing iconic works including Gismonda; the artist’s first poster design for the actress Sarah Bernhardt. This major touring exhibition from the Mucha Foundation explores the work of the artist around the theme of beauty – the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. Showing around 100 works primarily drawn from the Mucha Trust collection, the exhibition will include drawings, paintings, photographs and some of the artist’s celebrated poster designs, synonymous with the Art Nouveau style of the fin-de-siècle. A number of key ‘aesthetic’ and art nouveau works from National Museum Liverpool’s own collections will also feature within the exhibition.
3 June – 27 August 2017, Exhibition The Cover sells the book: transformations in commercial book publishing 1860-1920, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware, USA.
This exhibition will investigate the trans-Atlantic concept of the ‘complete book,’ which took place between 1860 and 1910. During this 50-year period, the conflation of advances in print technology and the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement led to a new aesthetic in book design. The integration of the book from content to cover as promoted by private press initiatives including William Morris’ Kelmscott Press was adapted by commercial publishers, “to put a touch of art on this thing that is going to be produced at a level price,” as described by American book binding designer Sarah Wyman Whitman. This exhibition will explore examples of collaborative commercial book projects, which emulate the “book beautiful” concept of earlier arts and crafts principles.
26 May, 10 June or 22 June, Guided Art Nouveau Walk, Arnhem, The Netherlands.
25 May – 13 August 2017, Exhibition Hokusai, beyond the Great Wave, The British Museum, London, UK.
Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influential artists. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90. This new exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life – a time when he produced some of his most memorable masterpieces.
13 May – 5 November 2017, Exposition Belle Epoque Treasures: like music to my ears, Belle Epoque Centrum, Blankenberge, Belgium.
This exhibition was reaslised thanks to a cooperation with the MIM in Brussels, the Peter Benoitmuseum, the Retrospective Vintage Fashion Museum, the Harmonium Art Museum en numerous private partners. Welcome!
12, 13 & 14 May 2017, Modernista Fair, Terrassa, Spain.
The Terrassa Modernist Fair has become the greatest annual modernism festival in Catalonia and a shop window for a period which has left a lasting impression on Catalan character and landscapes through the arts, architecture and industry. In May every year it offers more than 100.000 visitors a weekend full of cultural and culinary events, activities for kids, shows, exhibitions etc. related to the history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
2 May – 17 December 2017, Exhibition L’Opéra de Vichy 1898 – 1903, Le Souffle d’un Art Nouveau, Musée de l’Opéra de Vichy, Vichy, France.
6 April – 21 May 2017, Exhibition Art Nouveau from the collections of the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.
Within the framework of the Co-operation Agreement between the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg, an exhibition comprising select items from the Art Nouveau collections of the Badisches Landesmuseum is organized, aiming to display significant aspects of the Art Nouveau movement, from France, Germany, Austria, England and Belgium.
A wide variety of representative exhibits, such as textiles, jewellery, tableware, decorative objects, furniture, prints, ceramics, reliefs and sculptures, designed by famous artists/designers, like Αlfons Mucha, Hector Guimard, Daum Frères, Emile Gallé, Peter Behrens, Josef Hoffmann, Josef Maria Olbrich, Koloman Moser, Henry van de Velde, provides a kaleidoscopic image of the complex character of the Art Nouveau.
1 April – 31 May 2017, Exhibition Draw Me a Chair, Hachava Gallery, Holon, Israel.
At the Holon ‘Hava Gallery’, the exhibition “Draw Me a Chair,” seeks to examine the influence of Art Nouveau on contemporary design in both the past and the present. It will display works of art and items of furniture over one hundred years old, collected over three decades by Anat and Joe Meidan. Alongside these unique, splendid items, the works of nine contemporary designers will be exhibited. These modern works echo the central motifs found in Art Nouveau style – whiplash, plants and flowers, female figures, ornaments and more. The designers give their contemporary interpretation of these motifs, using new technologies and materials.
1 April 2017, Collectors Springmeeting Art Nouveau tiles and ceramics, Kreismuseum Zons, Dormagen, Germany.
Twenty collectors from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany present ceramic Art Nouveau masterpieces. Centerperson behind the gathering is collector Ulrich Hamburg. The experts not only present part of their collections, but also offer objects for exchange or sale. Visitors can get information about collecting, are invited to participate in the seminar, and can bring along objects for examination.
26 March 2017, École Art Nouveau No. 13, Avenue de Roodebeek 103, Brussels, Belgium.
The BANAD Festival will end in an appropriately grand fashion on Sunday 26 March with a collectors’ and restorers’ fair, where craftspeople will share their expertise and an expert in Art Nouveau and Art Deco decorative arts and furniture will be available to answer your questions. 10AM-18PM.
25 & 26 March 2017, Spring Exhibition ‘The Hague Salon‘, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Three Dutch art dealers, G.J. Nieuwenhuizen Segaar kunsthandel, Antes Art 1900 and Kunsthandel Proportio Divina, will be showing highlights from the European Art Nouveau and Art Deco period; art glass, sculptures, Rozenburg eggshell porcelain, furniture, paintings and lamps etc. This is the 4th edition of the Hague Salon.
25 March 2017, Masterclass Henri Sauvage: From Art Nouveau to Art Deco: restoration projects, Brussels, Belgium.
Henri Sauvage (1873-1932) is a major French architect and decorator of his period; his work extends from Art Nouveau to Art Déco, announcing the modernism. By chance several restorations of his buildings are actually under development. In order to benefit from this unique occasion, a special study half-day is organized ; it is divided in two parts. In a first phase as an international conference, the main actors of this different projects of restoration – at different stages of progress – were invited to present their projects. An international master class will follow in a second phase where the first speakers will be joined by Belgian architects specialised in restoration in order to share their experience and points of view. The audience will be invited to speak.
24 March – 28 May 2017, Exhibition Art Nouveau or Art Deco?, CIVA, Brussels, Belgium.
Brussels is home to many buildings in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. But what are the differences between these two art movements? In an attempt to answer this question, the CIVA Foundation has devised this unusual exhibition devoted to these two landmark styles of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By means of many drawings, period and modern photographs, architectural models, furniture and decorative works of art, this exhibition will help visitors to understand and recognise these two styles and then to discover, through a series of unusual displays and a childrens’ trail that forms part of it, a magnificent selection of the heritage Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings of Brussels.
17 March – 11 June 2017, Exhibition Van Art Nouveau tot Art Deco | Keramiek uit de Arnhemsche Fayencefabriek, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands.
The exhibition gives a complete overview of the decorative and utilitarian pottery that was produced in Art Nouveau and Art Deco style at the Arnhem Fayence factory (1907-1934). With this exhibition, Museum Arnhem celebrates the unlocking of collector Benno Steenaert’s collection to the public.
12 March – 2 July 2017, Exhibition Ornament im Quadrat, Museum Künstlerkolonie, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a selection of 200 English art nouveau tiles, which in the year 2015, by means of a comprehensive testamentary donation by the deceased collector Inge Niemoller, became the property of the Städtisches Kunstsammlung Darmstadt and is now presented for the first time publicly.
The tile was omnipresent in Europe around 1900. Whether in public places like libraries or department stores, or in private premises such as kitchens or baths, the ornamentation of Jugendstil with a wealth of new motifs on the wall and floor tiles. The handy – mostly 15 x 15 cm – format could be manufactured in series and thus cost-effectively thanks to modern production methods. Also due to its hygienic and decorative advantages, the tile was used almost in all areas of everyday life.
11 March – 26 March 2017, BANAD Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival, Brussels, Belgium.
The long-established Brussels Biennial Art Nouveau & Art Deco Event, held in October every two years, is changing. From 2017, it will become an annual event called the Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival and it will be held in the Spring.
The Festival’s programme will be extended to include concerts, films, exhibitions and cultural events, in addition to the interior guided tours of buildings not usually open to the public (private houses, schools, industrial and office buildings) and the guided tours on foot, by bicycle and by coach that have made the Biennial Event so successful in the past.
9 March – 11 June 2017, Exhibition Ramon Casas: a much yearned modernity, CaixaForum, Madrid, Spain.
Ramon Casas, much yearned modernity is the central exhibition belonging to Ramon Casas year that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the painter. The exhibition includes a selection of 178 works, including works by the painter in various media such as painting, drawing and poster. Especially important is the presence of a large group of vintage photographs that help to frame his work within the social and cultural context of the period in which he lived.
After this showing, the exhibition will travel to the CaixaForum in Palma from 12 July – 22 October 2017.
8 March – 5 June 2017, Exhibition Mucha – The Slav Epic, The National Art Center, Special Exhibition Gallery 2E, Tokyo, Japan.
2017 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Czech Republic.This exhibition of The Slav Epic is the first time in the world all 20 pieces have been displayed together outside of the Czech Republic along with 80 other amazing exhibits from across Alfons Mucha career.
3 March – 11 June 2017, Exhibtion Prints in Paris 1900: from elite to the street, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The exhibition takes you to the cosmopolitan French capital. Over 250 prints from the Van Gogh Museums leading fin de siècle prints collection are being shown in their original context. Due to their fragility, these artworks are rarely displayed.
The Van Gogh Museum manages one of the finest collections of fin-de-siècle prints in the world. This collection of over 1,700 French prints, posters and artist’s books is normally kept in storage because of their sensitivity to light.
2 March – 25 March 2017, Exhibition Jules Lavirotte (1864-1929), Association Taylor, Paris, France.
At the end of the 19th century, the Art Nouveau architects (Horta, Guimard, Gaudi) wanted to break with classicism by introducing elements of exuberant decoration. Jules Lavirotte pushed it to the limit. Jules Lavirotte adorned his façades with representations of nature. In this garden of Eden, symbols of sexuality occupy a central place. In order to make his façades real works of art, Jules Lavirotte mobilized the most innovative decorators of the 1900s and in particular the ceramist Alexandre Bigot.
23 February – 21 May 2017, Exhibition Jan Toorop. Song of Times, Bröhan-Museum, Berlin, Germany.
Jan Toorop (1858-1928) was one of the most important Dutch symbolists, but his oeuvre is relatively unknown beyond his home country in its diversity. The search for forms of expression uniquely his own led him from impressionism to pointillism and finally to art nouveau. Inspired by prominent artists such as James Ensor, Vincent van Gogh, and the painters of symbolism, Toorop developed his own symbolist style and became one of the most innovative forces in painting of his time. His comprehensive work is now being presented for the first time in Germany in a large survey with more than 200 works. On view are numerous of Jan Toorop’s main works as well as book illustrations and graphic designs, including numerous posters.
22 February – 18 June 2017, Exhibition Egon Schiele, Albertina, Vienna, Austria.
To set the tone for the upcoming commemorative year of 2018, the Albertina is mounting a comprehensive exhibition of artworks by Egon Schiele that positions his radical oeuvre within an epoch characterised by a schism between the modernist and the traditional. 160 of Schiele’s most magnificent gouaches and drawings will introduce viewers to an artistic oeuvre that highlights human beings’ existential loneliness as its great theme while drastically opposing the values of fin de siècle society.
18 February – 17 September 2017, Exhibition La Ceràmica Modernista i Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Casa Museu Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Canet de Mar, Spain.
18 February – 4 Jun2 2017, Exhibtion Artistic blossoming. Art Nouveau from Rörstrand, 1895–1920, The Thiel Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.
The exhibition shows Rörstrands art pottery, with deposits from an important private collection in a lush staging signed by Gunnar Kaj. Nature’s splendor that adorn vases, bowls, dishes and urns will meet real vegetation installations in the halls of Thiel Gallery. Many of the exhibition’s pieces were in the forefront of industrial art exhibitions and are now displayed after a long beauty sleep.
The exhibition is based on Markus Dimdal´s newly released book Art nouveau från Rörstrand: konstkeramiken 1895–1926 (Art Nouveau from Rörstrand: Art pottery 1895–1926), Arvinius+Orfeus Publishing, Stockholm, 2016.
11 February 2017 – 7 January 2018, Exhibition L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters features approximately 50 posters by the five grand masters of the medium: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Alphonse Mucha. The posters date from 1875 to 1910, the exuberant era in France known as the Belle Époque. These pioneering artists reigned in Paris during this period of artistic proliferation, defining a never-before-seen, and never forgotten, art form.
9 February – 7 May 2017, exhibtion The Challenge of Modernity: Zagreb – Vienna in about 1900, Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia.
The exhibition will be the first time works by Secession painters, sculptors and architects from Zagreb and Vienna will be shown together. The exhibition will enable viewers to compare works by Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser and Karl Moll with works by Vlaho Bukovac, Tomislav Krizman, Ivan Meštrović and many others. It will allow them to make revealing comparisons between architects from Vienna and Zagreb based on works by Otto Wagner, Josef Hofmann and Adolf Loos on the one hand, and Vjekoslav Bastl, Aladar Baranyai and Viktor Kovačić on the other. Besides drawing attention to similarities in the two cultures, the exhibition will also show what is specific to the fine arts in Zagreb with respect to art life in the Austro-Hungarian capital.
4 February – 14 May 2017, Exhibition Sheer Pleasure – Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan, William Morris Gallery, London, UK.
In 2017 we mark the 150th anniversary of the artist Frank Brangwyn RA (1867-1956). Sheer Pleasure – Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan examines Brangwyn’s love of Japanese art and his collaborative relationships with Japanese artists and patrons. Brangwyn donated his collection of Japanese prints and paintings to the Gallery. They have rarely been displayed and the exhibition includes highlights such as woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai and a carefully restored decorative screen.
1 February – 30 December 2017, Exhibition La Femme dans l’Art Nouveau, Musée de la Carte Postale, Baud, France.
1 February – 29 April 2017, Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War, Northampton, UK.
This major exhibition tells the story of Mackintosh’s late career and how it was impacted by World War One. With stunning exhibits and designs from major collections.
Traveling Exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau.
The exhibition is drawn from the holdings of the Dhawan Collection, Los Angeles, which is one of the largest and finest collections of Alphonse Mucha’s work in the United States.
- 28 January 2017 – 26 March 2017, Fullerton Museum Center, Fullerton, CA, USA.
- 15 June 2017 – 15 August 2017, The Citadelle Art Foundation, Canadian, TX, USA.
- 15 September 2017 – 31 December 2017, Albin Polasek Museum, Winter Park, FL, USA.
- 12 January 2018 – 18 March 2018, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY, USA.
- 15 September 2018 – 15 December 2018, University Art Galleries, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, USA.
28 January – 1 October 2017, Exhibition Horta in America 1916-1918, La Maison Autrique, Brussel, Belgium.
The First World War marks a fundamental break in the life of Victor Horta. He went to London in 1915 to take part in a congress on the future reconstruction of Belgium. But when a journalist explains it is impossible for him to return to Brussels, he decides to go to the United States. Arriving in New York, he is bewildered by the skyscrapers. The next day, symptomatically, he cut of his beard and he would never wear it again; as if he had turned a page. “My mind has found it softened. What I would have fought in the past as incompatible with the profession of the architect, I have since understood, and even from a certain point of view, I see a desirable example.” Horta accepts the principle of collaboration between architects and that of standardization.
26 January – 9 April 2017, Exhibition Pioneer of American Art Nouveau: William H. Bradley, The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, FL, USA.
William H. Bradley was America’s foremost graphic artist from the end of the nineteenth century into the 1930s. Derived from the Art Nouveau aesthetic, the flowing lines of his designs for advertisements, periodicals, catalogs, and posters made a marked impact on both commercial and fine art in the United States. Pioneer of American Art Nouveau draws on the collection of The Wolfsonian–FIU to highlight Bradley’s contributions as a designer and illustrator.
25 January – 12 February 2017, Courses Art Nouveau & Jugendstil – Vloeiende vernieuwing in Europa, Vrije Academie, at Amsterdam, Den Haag, Dordrecht, Roosendaal, Utrecht, Zutphen en Zwolle, The Netherlands.
Like a graceful oil stain Art Nouveau is spreading across Europe around 1900. In each country the style has a different name: Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Wiener Stil, Stile Floreale, Modernismo, Modern Style en Nieuwe Kunst. Within the movement, there’s a main goal: innovation and improvement. Artists have had enough of the spineless neo-styles. In addition, they believe that the industrial revolution has not contributed much. In response, they aim to beautify and enhance their environment. And to do so, they develop their own language: floral and ornate, or sober and geometric.
Nine lectures and one excursion.
16 December 2016 – 12 March 2017, Exhibition Geishas by the Danube – The Influence of Japanse Culture on Hungarian Art, Castle Garden Bazaar – Guards’ Palace (Northern Palance), Budapest, Hungary.
The keen interest in Japan that marked the Western countries and Hungary from the middle of the 19th century, was called, along with the works of art that were inspired by Japanese art, “Japonism.” The period’s fashionable ceramics were decorated with Japanese figures and motifs, the stages featured Madame Butterflies, and no gentlewoman’s wardrobe would have been complete without a kimono. “Geisha” was one of the first Japanese words to enter the Hungarian language, which is why it appears in the title of this exhibition of Japonism in Hungary.
16 December 2016 – 26 March 2017, Exhibition Nel Segno di Klimt, Museo di Santa Chiara, Corso Verdi 18A, Gorizia, Italy.
The exhibition entitled “In the name of Klimt. Gorizia, a Central-European salon between tradition and innovation” exhibits masterpieces of artists – local painters as well – that have asserted themselves in Vienna and others who have worked in the County of Gorizia. A noteworthy part will be dedicated to two important figures who have had a huge impact on secessionist artists: Dante and Beethoven. On the first floor the focus will be put on the art of Klimt and on the cultural-artistic environment of Vienna at the end of the 20th century. The second floor will be dedicated to local painters. A special unit will represent the protagonists of local architecture.
3 December 2016 – 5 March 2017, Exhibition Alphonse Mucha, The Pioneer of Modern Graphic Design, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea.
Th exhibition introduces 230 works by the well-known Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, an icon of Art Nouveau style. Presenting his major works, including paintings, photos, design goods, decorative works and drawings, the exhibition shows the life of Mucha and works of Mucha-inspired cartoonists from Korea and Japan. Mucha is regarded as one of the Art Nouveau movement’s pioneers, also known for the very first Czechoslovac stamps and banknotes as well as his masterpiece, the Slav Epic, a monument to the struggles and achievements of the Slav people.
28 November 2016 – 31 December 2019, Exhibition St. Petersburg Art Nouveau, Museum of History of St. Petersburg, Peter & Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg, Russia.
The exhibition presents architectural graphics from projects of public buildings, apartment buildings and houses, bridges, interior decoration and furniture made by famous architects and designers like Vasilyev, von Gauguin, Johansen, Lancer, Lyalevich and Ol. An addition to this section are the decorative and architectural details of buildings in St. Petersburg: glass, iron castings, and architectural ceramics. There are also sections with furniture and lighting fixtures, graphic art Nouveau and gorgeous silk dresses, shoes, bags and boas of ostrich feathers.
16 November 2016 – 19 February 2017, Exposition Ramon Casas: a much yearned modernity, Museu de Maricel de Sitges, Spain.
Ramon Casas, much yearned modernity is the central exhibition belonging to Ramon Casas year that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the painter. The exhibition in Sitges includes a selection of 178 works, including works by the painter in various media such as painting, drawing and poster. Especially important is the presence of a large group of vintage photographs that help to frame his work within the social and cultural context of the period in which he lived.
The exhibition will be displayed in Madrid from 9 March – 11 June 2017 at the CaixaForum and then travel to the CaixaForum in Palma to show from 12 July – 22 October 2017.
An extraordinary exhibition on Art Nouveau featuring paintings, sculptures, sketches, posters and ceramics from the most important Italian museums and extraordinary private collections. Many of these artworks are on display for the first time. Each section of the exhibition – curated by Francesco Parisi and Anna Villari – shows the two main “souls” of Italian Liberty: the “floral” one and the “modernist” one, more similar to the European movement.
4 November 2016 – 27 February 2017, Exhibition Émile Friant, le dernier naturaliste?, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Nancy, France.
Le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy conserve, depuis sa mort, le fonds d’atelier d’Émile Friant. L’exposition proposée mettra en lumière des œuvres inédites restaurées par le musée ces dernières années, et en particulier des académies réalisées alors que le peintre était encore adolescent.
27 October 2016 – 29 January 2017, Exhibition Jan Toorop (1858–1928), Museum Villa Stuck, Munchen, Germany.
Jan Toorop is among the most renowned Symbolist painters produced by the Netherlands. But fewer people know that he worked in a far wider range of styles. In his quest for a distinctive personal style, Toorop experimented with Impressionism, Pointillism and Art Nouveau. It was not until 1891 that – looking beyond the Dutch borders to artists like Ensor, Van Gogh and the Symbolists – he hit on his own distinctive Symbolist style. The everyday world was banished from his work in favour of highly imaginative and visionary images. The guest curator of this exhibition, Gerard van Wezel, has spent the last thirty years conducting in-depth research on Toorop’s oeuvre. His involvement has enabled the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag to gather together all of Jan Toorop’s principal masterpieces in the first complete overview of his work ever to be presented in the Netherlands.
25 October 2016 – 15 January 2017, Exhibition Albert Besnard. Modernités Belle Epoque, Petit Palais, Paris, France.
Albert Besnard was the first painter to whom the government granted the honour of a State funeral, well before Georges Braque. Famous for his grand decoration work (École de Pharmacie, Hôtel de Ville, the Chemistry amphitheatre of the Sorbonne, the dome of the Petit Palais, the ceiling of la Comédie Française etc.), Besnard dazzled his contemporaries with his “dazzling enchantment”. He was a relatively late symbolist, a champion of the curvy silhouette of the 1900s woman, and was also an audacious and sought-after portrait painter. the Petit Palais offers visitors the opportunity to reconsider the remarkable journey of this artist, from Paris to Rome, with stops in London and on the banks of the Ganges.
22 October 2016 – 5 March 2017, Exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec, Palazzo Chiablese di Torino, Torino, Italy.
On display will be color lithographs (Jane Avril, 1893), posters (The passenger cabin 54, 1895 and Aristide Bruant in his cabaret, 1893), drawings in pencil and pen, promotional graphics and illustrations for newspapers (La Revue blanche, 1895) that link the aristocrat Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec inextricably to the emblem of an era.
8 October 2016 – 19 February 2017, Exhibition Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
The exhibition explores the work and legacy of the Czech painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939). Through his stylish and beautiful theatrical and advertising posters, the exhibition examines how ‘Le Style Mucha’ evolved and became synonymous with the international Art Nouveau style. It also examines the often-hidden, skilled draughtsmanship behind Mucha’s internationally recognisable designs,and explores how his artistic philosophy influenced his later career.
Alongside works by Mucha feature several key objects from Glasgow’s own collection; artworks that demonstrate the interchange of artistic ideas between Scotland, the rest of the UK, and continental Europe.
22 September 2016 – 29 January 2017, Exhibition Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro, Royal Palace, Milan, Italy.
The Exhibition counts more than 200 woodblock color prints and illustrated booksfrom the Honolulu Museum of Art’s prestigious collection, developing into a project organized by the City of Milan, Palazzo Reale and MondoMostre Skira and curated by Rossella Menegazzo, Professor of Eastern Asian Art History at the University of Milan.
Visitors to the exhibition will enjoy a dual experience: first, feeling the same wonder viewers feel before the freshness and simplicity of the shapes and colours of artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, which contributed to changing and revolutionizing the pictorial language of Paris of the late nineteenth century; and second, discovering the unusual technical elements, the skill and the eccentricity of each of the three artists.
23 August 2016 – 30 July 2017, Exhibition Challenging Taste: Art Nouveau in the Decorative Arts, Brunnier Art Museum, Ames, Iowa, USA.
The late 19th century was a period of uneasiness within the decorative arts as a lessening in quality and taste marked much of what was produced at this time. Many artists and designers began to look for a way to bring distinction and handcrafted quality back into the decorative arts. Art Nouveau was one of several artistic movements created in response to these issues, while also addressing a new sense of modernity that would bring diverse cultures into a new century. In this exhibition, both European and American versions of Art Nouveau are examined with a focus on the use of nature for inspiration and the artistic innovation of the style through the wonderful collection of glass, ceramics, and more held within the permanent collection of University Museums
13 August 2016 – 23 April 2017, Exhibition Apostles of Nature: Jugendstil and Art Nouveau, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Ahmanson Building, floor 2, Los Angeles, USA.
Organized by LACMA’s Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, Apostles of Nature: Jugendstil and Art Nouveau explores the popular late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century style known as Art Nouveau in France and Jugendstil in Germany. This exhibition brings together more than 50 objects from across the museum’s collections, including prints, posters, books, decorative arts, and textiles, to illustrate the movement’s efforts to create integrated, total works of art, or Gesamtkunstwerke, that would bring aesthetic ideals to bear on everyday modern life.
19 June 2016 – 18 Juni 2017, Exhibition Art Nouveau and Japonism, a New Wave, Lalique Museum, Doesburg, The Netherlands.
During the exhibition a selection of Japanese prints from the Meiji, Showa and Taisho period will be on display together with works (facsimiles) of Chagall, Gauguin and Matisse. In addition original work by Breitner, Mesdag, Mankes, Van de Velde, Horta, Mucha, Lalique and Van Dongen, as well as a large collection of twentieth century Japanese prints from the Nihon-no-Hanga collection will be presented.
The collection includes items from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, from other museums, as well as items from private collections that have never been shown to the public before.
Traveling Exhibition Natures of Art Nouveau.
The Natures of Art Nouveau exhibition highlights the role of nature in art and architecture across Europe at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The wiry curved lines that are typical of Art Nouveau illustrated the sensuality and vitality of nature. Plants, animals and the elements of nature intertwined in imaginative, dream-like pieces.
The exhibition is traveling Europe and will be on display at the following cities:
- Helsinki (Finland) 5 October 2013 – 16 February 2014
- Alesund (Norway) 22 March 2014 – 10 May 2014
- Riga (Latvia) 10 June 2014 – 7 September 2014
- Barcelona (Spain) 29 November 2014 – 28 February 2015
- Ljubljana (Slovenia) 20 January 2015 – 19 April 2015
- Subotica (Serbia) 14 May 2015 – 14 September 2015
- Oradea (Romania) 24 March 2016 – …
- Brussel (Belgium) 3 October 2013 – 1 December 2013
- Nancy (France) 20 December 2013 – 13 April 2014
- Terrassa (Spain) 9 May 2014 – 13 July 2014
- Bad Nauheim (Germany) 12 September 2014 – 26 October 2014
- Aveiro (Portugal) 1 December 2014 – 28 February 2015
- Milano (Italy) 26 March 2015 – 24 April 2015
- Havana (Cuba) 3 July 2015 – 31 July 2015
- Glasgow (Scotland) 17 October 2015 – 24 December 2015
- Havana (Cuba) spring 2016 – …
As soon as the next locations are published, I will add them to this list.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida, USA.
The work of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the Morse Museum collection. The Museum’s Tiffany collection is broad, deep, and unique. It includes fine examples in every medium Tiffany explored, in every series of work he produced, and from every period of his life. The museum is also a treasure house of American decorative art from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, with especially rich holdings in the area known as Arts and Crafts.
Golden Age of the Zsolnay – Collection of László Gyugyi, Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, Pécs, Hungary.
The private Zsolnay collection of Dr. László Gyugyi comprising around 600 pieces represents an unparalleled value. Its pieces date back to a 40-year period (1870-1910) that can be divided in three great parts: the periods of historicism, millennium and secession. The collection found a home in Pécs in the framework of the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture Programme, in the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, in a secession building that was reorganised for this particular aim in the former Sikorsky villa.
The Cauchie House, Brussels, Belgium.
The restoration work carried out over nearly fifteen years breathed new life into the building. The first week-end of every month it is open to visitors who appreciate its message of beauty.
The successive ground floor rooms each have their own particularities and their content of symbolism. Decorative designs and furniture of the time demonstrate the manifest influence of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Glasgow School of Art). The upper storeys of the house, where there is no evidence of Paul or Lina’s talents, have been used as apartments and renovated to suit modern contemporary use. The basement, cellar, and artist workshop have been redesigned into a vast gallery to exhibit Paul and Lina Cauchie’s paintings collected by the current owners over time.
And if you want a list of all Art Nouveau museums worldwide….. click here!