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17 October 2019 – 26 January 2020, Exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Models, Artists, Muses, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.
This major exhibition is the first-ever to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art. 160 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, including Evelyn de Morgan, Effie Millais (nee Gray), Elizabeth Siddal and Joanna Wells (nee Boyce), an artist whose work has been largely omitted from the history of the movement. Featuring new discoveries and unseen works from public and private collections across the world, the exhibition reveals the women behind the pictures.
October 2019, The 8th Mackintosh Festival, Glasgow, UK.
From walks, workshops and exhibitions to performances and talks, events are designed for all ages, to appeal to those who know nothing about Mackintosh, as well as established aficionados. The programme features a range of formats with free exhibitions and workshops, ticketed tours and sociable evenings with food and drink.
13 – 15 September 2019, Jugendstil Festival, Bad Nauheim, Germany.
Once a year, the golden age of the former world-renowned spa resort world bath comes alive again when Bad Nauheim celebrates its art nouveau festival! 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.
29 June – ??? 2019, Exhibition Jugendstil – Donation F. W. Neess, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany.
The Ferdinand Wolfgang Neess collection is one of the most significant European private collections of Art Nouveau and Symbolism. Not only was the museum able to keep the collection in Germany, it, at once, put itself on equal footing with Europe’s leading museums for Art Nouveau and promises to become one of the most important centers for Art Nouveau in Germany. Comprising some 570 objects, the collection is distinguished both by the exceptional quality of the works and by their remarkable art-historical significance. A distinctive feature of the collection lies, as well, in its international character, including German, French and Austrian works of art and having been conceived entirely in the spirit of unity that defines Art Nouveau. Furniture, glass, ceramics, lamps, paintings and silver all come together here to create the total work of art. This Gesamtkunstwerk represents the spirit of that historical moment to unify art and nature inseparably.
22 June 2019, Rausch der Schönheit – Spaziergang im Kaiserstrassenviertel, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, Germany.
Wolfgang Kinast zeigt das Kaiserstraßenviertel. Vom Ostfriedhof beginnend durch das an Jugendstilfassaden und Geschichten reichen Viertels. Treffpunkt: Eingang Ostfriedhof.
10 June 2019, World Art Nouveau Day, All world wide activities can be found on: www.facebook.com/WorldArtNouveauDay
In 2013, the 10th of June was selected as World Art Nouveau Day, being the day on wich both Antonio Gaudi and Ödön Lechner died – two charismatic architects of the movement, from two different corners of Europe. Since then, every year, we celebrate Art Nouveau on the 10th of June. Organisations from all over the world participate with exhibitions, photo competitions, lectures, Art Nouveau walks etc… Follow this Facebook Event Page so you can keep up with all the activities planned..
31 May, 1 and 2 June 2019, 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.
10 May – 11 August 2019, Exhibition Jewellery from Jugendstil to Art Deco, Hessian State Museum, Darmstadt, Germany.
All exhibits are from the private collection Ratz-Coradazzi, not previously exhibited. At the age of seven, the collector already invested her pocket money in her first Art Nouveau jewelery piece. This enthusiasm continues to this day, only that the objects have quality now, and the collection has achieved international rank over the years. Having long been assisted by her husband, she successfully works through archives and libraries to identify the jewelry and assign them to a manufacturer. Thus, the exhibition is a “Who’s Who” of German and Austrian jewelry design.
May 2019, Modernista Fair, Terrassa, Spain.
16 March 2019, Rausch der Schönheit – Spaziergang im Kaiserstrassenviertel, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, Germany.
Wolfgang Kinast zeigt das Kaiserstraßenviertel. Vom Ostfriedhof beginnend durch das an Jugendstilfassaden und Geschichten reichen Viertels. Treffpunkt: Eingang Ostfriedhof.
15 March – 26 August 2019, Exhibition Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Walker Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
16 March – 31 March 2019, 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.
8 March – 23 June 2019, Exhibition Mesdag & Colenbrander- a shared passion for ceramics, De Mesdagcollectie, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Theo Colenbrander (1841-1930) is seen as one of the first industrial designers. The couple Hendrik Willem and Sientje Mesdag were the first to buy his modernly designed earthenware, for their home and their museum.
The collection of Colenbrander ceramics from the Mesdags is one of the most beautiful collections in the Netherlands. When Hendrik Willem Mesdag died in 1915, the collection included about 130 objects and sets. Unfortunately, after his death, pieces from the private collection got scattered. But for this exhibition a part of those objects have returned to their original home.
8 – 10 March 2019, Study Weekend The Whiplash Line – Art Nouveau and Symbolism, Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, UK.
This study course looks at the richness of Art Nouveau in the Fine and Decorative Arts – including painting, posters, illustration, sculpture, architecture, textiles, metalwork, glass, furniture, ceramics and much more. Illustrated with beautiful and seductive colour slides throughout.
15-17 February 2019, Annual Arts & Crafts Conference, , Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC, USA.
Since 1913 the Grove Park Inn has been known as the mecca for Arts and Crafts enthusiasts. And since 1988 the Arts and Crafts Conference has been educating and entertaining Arts and Crafts enthusiasts at every level – from beginning collectors and bungalow owners to experienced auction and show veterans. The weekend includes seminars and small group discussions to walking tours, demonstrations, and selling shows.
19 January – 16 June 2019, Exhibition Art Nouveau Amphora, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, USA.
Art Nouveau or the “New Art” emerged in the late 19th century and is recognized for the use of curvilinear forms inspired by nature and a focus on aesthetic beauty. During this period, Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studios created stained glass windows and iridescent art glass, while inTurn-Teplitz, Austria (now the Czech Republic), the manufacturer Riessner, Stellmacher and Kessel (RSt&K), later called Amphora, produced distinctive art pottery. Amphora’s elaborate creations ranged from the elegant to the bizarre and often were finished with striking glazes and gold accents. Some artisans sculpted beautiful women and mythical beasts, while others decorated vessels with images of beautiful women.
18 December 2018 – 1 December 2019, Exhibition Chris Lebeau – Flora & Fauna, TextielMuseum, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
From peacocks to ibis, from dandelion to maple tree: at the exhibition ‘Chris Lebeau I Flora and Fauna’ you experience the plant and animal world as decorative artist Chris Lebeau (1878-1945) created it. With nature as his source of inspiration, he designed beautiful and innovative patterns for textiles in the art nouveau style. He knew how to catch a large variety of natural motives in stunningly styled designs for damask, batik, and velours. Even today, they are true eye-catchers. The versatility of Lebeau as a ‘textile artist’ is the focal point of the exhibition. Historic sample books are presented in order to illustrate how the designer learned how to stylise natural motives and translate them into ornament prints.
9 December 2018 – 1 april 2019, Exhibition Freemason Alfons Mucha, Dačický House, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic.
The Czech Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha became famous thanks to his series of large canvass paintings rendering important events in the history of the Czechs and Slaves, The Slav Epic. It is not however generally known that Alfons Mucha was a co-founder of the first Czech speaking lodge of freemasons, “Jan Amos Komenský“. He was regarded as the highest representative of the Czechoslovak freemasons of the First Republic. It is the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the first Czech Lodge of Freemasons that was an incentive for the realization of this exhibition. Masons regarded the lodges as a means of building a free and democratic republic. The exhibition will reveal the secrets of freemasons and, at the same time, show the unknown aspects of Alfons Mucha’s life.
8 December 2018 – 23 June 2019, Exhibition Rausch der Schönheit. Die Kunst des Jugendstils (Intoxication of beauty. The Art of Art Nouveau), Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte MKK, Dordtmund, Germany.
Based on its own collection, the exhibition intends to present the Art Nouveau in its diversity, but also to show the upheavals of the time and pose the question of today’s significance.
7 December 2018 – 3 March 2019, Exhibition Kachō-ga. The Poetry of Japanese Nature, Japanmuseum Siebolt Huis, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Never before has an exhibition on Kachō-ga -one of the most important genres in the Japanese art world- been held in the Netherlands. This ‘must see’ exhibition for Japanese art lovers includes imposing works such as woodblock prints, decorative screens, scrolls and photographs on loan from private and public collections.
23 November 2018 – 3 March 2019, Sarah Bernhardt’s World Exhibition, Mucha Museum, Osaka, Japan.
The exhibition “Simply Danish” presents the collection of the Berlin couple Marion and Jörg Schwandt with around 170 works of silver jewelry by 48 Danish artists, including icons like Georg Jensen and Mogens Ballin. The collection provides an overview of the various currents of Danish jewellery design in the twentieth century. The spectrum reaches from floral belt buckles in an art nouveau style, constructivistic works from the 1930s, to typically organic shapes from the 1950s.
20 October 2018 – 19 May 2019, Exhibition Spellbound by Japan. Louis Couperus and the Cord of Redemption. Couperus Museum, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Couperus’s two last books: Nippon (1924) and Het snoer de ontferming en Japansche legenden, 1925 (The Cord of Redemption and Japanese Legends) were the result of a trip, commissioned by a Dutch weekly, Haagsche Post, in 1921-1922, through the Dutch East Indies and Japan. The first book consists of a series of travelling letters, the latter is a literary elaboration of Couperus’s trip. Nippon has been translated into English (in 1926). A Japanese translation, by Yumiko Unimoro, is in the making. The current exhibition in the Louis Couperus Museum is inspired by the new edition of Het snoer der ontferming by dr H.T.M. van Vliet (see picture). It focusses on all the sources Couperus used: Japanese prints by famous artists such as Utamaro, Hirosighe, Motonobu and Hokusai as well as Japanese traveling guides, art books and reports by famous visitors to Japan such as Basil Chamberlain and Lafcadio Hearn.
18 October 2018 – 17 February 2019, Exhibition Egon Schiele – Pathways to a Collection, Orangery, Lower Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.
2018 is the centenary of Egon Schiele’s death. Marking this occasion, the Belvedere is showing its collection of Schiele paintings with highlights including Eduard Kosmack, Façade of a House, Death and Maiden, Embrace, and Four Trees. Visitors can look forward to an outstanding presentation shedding light on the full extent of the Schiele collection once housed at the Belvedere. The exhibition places a focus on the collection’s history. Curator Kerstin Jesse will answer questions about the works’ acquisition, their subject matter, and the people they portray. Preliminary studies and sketches will also be included. The Belvedere conservation department has been researching Egon Schiele’s works and his painting techniques since 2016 and their findings will be presented in the show. The exhibition presents an opportunity to gain an insight into the artist’s working methods while also offering a fascinating glimpse of his works’ pathways into the museum’s collection.
16 October 2018 – 27 September 2020, Exhibition Earth into Art—The Flowering of American Art Pottery, Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida, USA.
American Art Pottery was in peak demand from roughly 1876 to 1915. Sharing many of the values of the international Arts and Crafts movement—which was a response to industrialization and mass production—these ceramic artists sought a return to work by hand, dignity of labor, and unity of design. Their work, merging the fine and decorative arts, incorporated the avant-garde brushstrokes of French Impressionists, the exoticism of Asian motifs like bamboo, realistic representations of plants and flowers, and, paying homage to a proud heritage, portraits of Native American leaders.
20 September 2018 – 10 June 2019, Exhibition What to do with the facade of the Hotel Aubecq, one of Victor Horta’s finest achievements, Kanal – Centre Pompidou, Brussel, Belgium.
Hôtel Aubecq is one of Victor Horta’s finest achievements. It was sold in 1948 with all its furniture, which had also been designed by Horta, to private buyers interested in property development. The furniture would later be resold, ending up scattered in public and private collections. Informed of the building’s forthcoming demolition, the Minister of Public Works released funds so that part of the façade could be dismantled and stored. This was the beginning of a long odyssey for 650 stones, shipped around on six occasions from wastelands to warehouses. In 2001 the Brussels-Capital Region was landed with these forgotten fragments, the vestiges of a prestigious heritage.
What now? Such is the question that this exhibition seeks to raise. It will also be the main theme of a series of lectures taking place in the following months at KANAL – Centre Pompidou.
15 September 2018 – 3 February 2019, Exhibition William Morris – More Than Floral Wallpaper, Millesgården Museum, (Lidingö) Stockholm, Sweden.
The first exhibition in Sweden of the versatile English designer William Morris, whose ideas on craft and quality spread throughout Europe at the turn of the 20th century. Through artworks, wallpaper, fabrics and furniture the exhibition presents his life and work. It is the story of a successful businessman and manufacturer who was also a fervent socialist. Produced by Millesgården, the exhibition is a collaboration with the William Morris Gallery, the William Morris Society and Style Library in London.
15 April 2018 – 30 January 2019, Exhibition Horta Motifs. Fabric and wallpaper in Brussels houses, Autrique House, Brussels, Belgium.
Art Nouveau was a very significant period for the creation of wallpaper and fabrics. Inside Art Nouveau buildings, both Victor Horta and his contemporaries gave meaning to the concept of total art and revolutionised the applied arts, abolishing the hierarchy between different forms of plastic art. Original motifs, complex craftwork… the exhibition restores this fragile heritage to the place it deserves in the history of forms.
28 November 2017 – 20 January 2019, Exhibition Stanisław Wyspiański (1869-1907), The National Museum, Kraków, Poland.
The National Museum in Kraków has gathered the largest and most valuable collection of works by Stanisław Wyspiański (1869-1907) – one of the most important, original and appreciated artist from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, who belongs among such artists as Klimt, Mucha and Gaudi; the exhibition comprises of about 900 works. In the year of the artist’s death, a committee was established with the aim to collect pieces representing the genius artist’s legacy at the National Museum. The majority of the pieces collected are drawings, scenographic and typographic designs, but the works also include an exquisite collection of portrays and landscapes, mostly pastels, at which Wyspiański was an absolute master, as well as a set of ornamental designs for the Franciscan Church in Kraków, the Wawel Cathedral and the Medical Association House. Apart from the above mentioned works, the exhibition will feature pieces of furniture, fabrics and other everyday objects created by Wyspiański, as well as his sculptures, graphic designs, art books and even some of the artist’s personal belongings.
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.
Travelling Tiffany Exhibition
This exhibition celebrates the artistry and craftsmanship of the Tiffany artworks from Chicago’s distinguished Richard H. Driehaus Collection, highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition. A celebration of beauty, this exhibition features more than 60 extraordinary objects, spanning over 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific career.
Feb – May 2018, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
23 Jun – 23 Sept 2018, Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
21 Oct 2018 – 13 Jan 2019, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama, USA
16 Feb – 19 May 2019, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, USA
16 Jun – 8 Sept 2019, Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, Utica, NY, USA
Oct 2019 – Jan 2020, Cummer Museum & Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
1 Feb 2020 – 10 May 2020, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia, USA
Jun – Sept 2020, Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, California, USA
Oct 2020 – Jan 2021, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Feb – Apr 2021, Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, USA
Traveling Exhibition Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, William Morris and his associates, and the champions of the Arts & Crafts Movement offered a radical artistic and social vision that found inspiration in the pre-industrial past and came to decisively influence visual culture in Britain and beyond. Drawn from the outstanding collection of the city of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Victorian Radicals will, for the first time, bring together paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts—many never shown outside the UK—to illuminate this most dynamic period of British art in an exhibition of unparalleled historical and visual richness.
Through approximately 145 objects by pioneering artists including Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Elizabeth Siddall, among others, Victorian Radicals will represent the spectrum of avant-garde practices of the Victorian period, emphasizing the response of Britain’s first modern art movements to unfettered industrialization.
13 Oct 2018 – 6 Jan 2019 – Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
9 Feb 2019 – 5 May 2019 – Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL, USA
13 Jun 2019 – 8 Sep 2019 – Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
10 Oct 2019 – 5 Jan 2020 – San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX, USA
13 Feb 2020 – 10 May 2020 – Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, USA
20 Jun 2020 – 13 Sep 2020 – Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA
29 Oct 2020 – 14 Jan 2021 – The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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 Jan 2017 – 26 Mar 2017 – Fullerton Museum Center, Fullerton, CA, USA
15 Jun 2017 – 15 Aug 2017 – The Citadelle Art Foundation, Canadian, TX, USA
15 Sep 2017 – 31 Dec 2017 – Albin Polasek Museum, Winter Park, FL, USA
12 Jan 2018 – 18 Mar 2018 – The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY, USA
15 Sep 2018 – 15 Dec 2018 – University Art Galleries, Texas A&M Uni, TX, USA
24 Mar 2018- 23 Jun 2019 – Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, USA
26 Sep 2020 – 3 Jan 2021 – Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA, USA
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
10 Different Guided Tours for groups at ARAU: Brussels is Art Nouveau!
Permanent Exhibitions, some examples:
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.