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27 June – 30 June 2018, III CoupDeFouet International Art Nouveau Congress, Barcelona, Spain.
In this third edition of the coupDefouet International Congress, the main thematic strand proposes to look into new perspectives on Art Nouveau heritage of cities by means of cinematographic language. Given the coincidence in the time of the birth of both, footage from this age is especially significant. Together with other later filmed material related to Art Nouveau, it may provide new insights into this artistic movement and a deeper knowledge of what has been preserved, as well as what was lost or forgotten.
A second theme strand centres on the relationship of Art Nouveau works and artists with politics, and in particular with colonialism, while the third strand explores the importance of drug use and/or attitudes towards sex in Art Nouveau artists, and how this influenced their work. Finally, the section on research and doctoral theses in progress, in which presentations from both seasoned and young researchers are welcome, will complete the four thematic strands of the programme.
September 2018, Jugendstilfestival, Bad Nauheim, Germany.
Art nouveau and nostalgia fans find plenty to suit their interests with clothes, dancing and games from yesteryear, demonstrations of historical crafts, or lectures and exhibitions on how the Jugendstil reform movement influenced society and culture. For three days, festival goers feel like they’ve been transported back to the turn of the 20th century. At the artisan and restorers market, art lovers can admire the wide repertoire of art nouveau craftsmanship with exhibits and demonstrations of typical stucco, ceramic, glass, wood and jewellery works.
June 2018, Modernista Fair, Carcaixent (Valencia), Spain.
May 2018, 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.
May or June 2018, Modernista Fair, Barcelona, Spain.
Barcelona travels back in time to the turn of the 20th century for yet another year, with plenty of leisure and cultural activities on offer, such as guided tours, children’s workshops, Modernista puppets, interactive automatons, a parade of vintage cars, a vintage steam train ride, conferences on Modernisme, a ticket draw to visit Modernista buildings for those attending in period costume, period atmosphere and many more surprises. The Fair will also be attended by municipalities and institutions from around the world that somehow have an Art Nouveau connection, as well as a booth with information and products on sale related to the Barcelona Modernisme Route.
23 March – 24 June 2018, The exhibition Van Gogh & Japan, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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.
15 March – 7 October 2018, Exhibition Otto Wagner, Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria.
Otto Wagner (1841-1918) is one of the most significant architects of the turn of the twentieth century. His building projects are regarded as milestones on the path from historicism to modernism. The Wien Museum’s comprehensive jubilee exhibition in 2018 coincides with the one-hundredth anniversary of Wagner’s death, and is the first major exhibition dedicated to this titan of urban architecture in over fifty years. The exhibition locates Wagner’s oeuvre in relation to his companions and opponents, illuminates his artistic, cultural and political environment, and conveys a sense of his international appeal. Exquisite drawings, models, furniture, paintings, and personal belongings vividly relate the story of Wagner’s prodigious career.
10 March – 25 March 2018, BANAD Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival, Brussels, Belgium.
The long-established Brussels Biennial Art Nouveau & Art Deco Event, held in October every two years, was changed. From 2017, it has 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.
4 March 2018, Lecture in Dutch by Barbara van der Wee, architect-restorator, about the restoration of the Wolfers shop, The Cinquantenaire Museum, Brussels, Belgium.
March 2018, 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.
3 February – 3 June 2018, Exhibition Alphonse Mucha, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark.
ARKEN’s major exhibition unfolds Mucha’s art in all its breadth with painting, posters, advertisements, photographs, design, jewellery and interiors. At the same time it presents examples of the psychedelic art of the 1960s and 1970s along with Japanese and Korean manga up until today, which is strongly inspired by Mucha’s art.
10 October 2017 – 14 January 2018, Exhibition Drawings by Klimt and Schiele from the Collection of the Albertina Museum (Vienna), Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia.
Thanks to the joint efforts of Albertina Museum and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts an unprecedentedly large collection of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele’s drawings and graphics will come to Russia making over 120 drawings and graphic works available for the Russian lovers of art.
9 July 2017 – 2 June 2018, Exhibition Jan Toorop, Lalique Museum, Doesburg, The Netherlands.
The exhibition has an innovative starting point because it focuses entirely on the origins of Toorop. Influenced by the wild nature of the jungle, Toorop always remained ‘oostersch’ (‘from the East’). The exhibition shows that Toorop had great faith in the mystical world around us. The young Jan grew up in the midst of nature, the jungle and Kejawen, a Javanese religious tradition, a fusion of mainly animistic and Buddhist influences. The untamed and mysterious nature of the jungle on Banka with which his father introduced him, and the shadow play of wajang dolls left a lasting impression on Toorop.These experiences stimulated his imagination and inspired the game of moving lines in his Symbolist works. He mixed influences from the west and the east in his symbolism.
21 april – 28 oktober 2018, Exhibtion Art Nouveau in The Netherlands, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands.
The exhibition brings together masterpieces from the period 1884-1914; from furniture, textiles and ceramics to drawings, fashion and paintings. The Dutch Art Nouveau occupies a unique place in this international movement around 1900; Dutch designers and (ornamental) artists created their own variant, which, in contrast to the flamboyant French-Belgian presidency, had to be in line with the alleged sober Dutch mentality. Under the umbrella themes ‘back to nature’, ‘back to the craft’ and ‘inspiration from exotic cultures’ the exhibition places the various art disciplines in the context of their time. In addition, the Gemeentemuseum shows a number of unknown female artists, so that the museum expands and deepens the current image of the Art Nouveau in the Netherlands.
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.
6 February 2018, Lecture Art Nouveau and Japonism, SBK Zuidplas, The Netherlands.
Rond 1900 was er in de kunstgeschiedenis een ware revolutie gaande. Gebouwen, meubelen maar ook sieraden en andere gebruiksvoorwerpen werden vormgegeven in sierlijke lijnen en gedecoreerd met natuurlijke motieven. Het begon allemaal in de architectuur maar in mum van tijd was het hele leven in de ban van de Art Nouveau. Een van de inspiratiebronnen was de Japanse kunst die als een ware vloedgolf Europa overspoelde. Hoe dat zo kwam en welk effect dit had op de creatieve geesten van die tijd zal worden uitgediept in deze lezing. Aan de hand van vele voorbeelden en het verhaal achter de kunstwerken zal blijken dat het Japonisme een ongelofelijke vruchtbare culturele bron was die grote gevolgen had voor het ontstaan van moderne kunst en design.
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 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.
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 – will remain here permanently
- 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 – will remain here permanently
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.
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