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Autumn 2021, Exhibition Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890 – 1918, William Morris Gallery, London, UK.
The Young Poland movement emerged in the 1890s in response to the country’s non-existence for almost a century. From the end of the 18th-century Poland underwent successive partitions dividing the country between Russia, Austria and Prussia, resulting in the country disappearing from the map of Europe for 123 years. In the words of historian Norman Davies, Poland became “just a memory of the past and a hope of the future”. With the failure of military uprisings, culture became a means to preserve an endangered national identity.
The movement originated under the more liberal Austrian partition (known as Galicia), namely in Kraków and the nearby village of Zakopane (in the Tatra Mountains), and soon spread across the nation. It embraced an unprecedented flourishing of applied arts and the revival of crafts, drawing inspiration from nature, history, peasant traditions and craftsmanship to convey patriotic values.
xx – xx October 2020, Novelda Modernista, Novelda, Spain.
September 2021, Jugendstil Festival, Bad Nauheim, Germany.
More information can also be found here: Bad Nauheim Jugendstilfestival.
20 June – 20 September 2020, Exhibition Alphonse Mucha, La Beauté Art Nouveau, Musée Départemental Breton, Quimper, France. Postponed to summer 2021!
For the first time in Brittany, the Breton Departmental Museum presents the work of one of the most illustrious European creators of Art Nouveau, Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). Paintings, drawings, posters, photographs, sculptures and decorative works of art, this retrospective presents a hundred works and documents exceptionally on loan from the Mucha Foundation in Prague.
The exhibition, which brings together his most renowned works, will also recall his devotion to the cause of the independence of peoples and their reconciliation. She will finally reveal her discovery of Brittany, through drawings that have never been seen before.
10 June 2021, World Art Nouveau Day Photo Contest, Facebook.
To celebrate World Art Nouveau Day, a photo contest entitled will be organised on 10 June by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network through its Facebook page, allowing the public to present their favourite works.
xx June 2021, Fira Modernista Carcaixent, Spain.
May 2021, 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.
May 2021, Modernista Fair, Terrassa, Spain.
June 2021, Art Nouveau Festijn, The Hague, The Netherlands.
30 May – 28 November 2021, Exhibition Jugendstil in de Veenkoloniën, Veenkoloniaal Museum, Veendam, The Netherlands.
Op het platteland van Europa is Jugendstil een vrij zeldzaams verschijnsel. Toch komen we vooral ook in kleinere dorpen en steden in Noord Nederland soms sprankelende voorbeelden tegen. In de tentoonstelling besteden we aandacht aan diverse nu nog bestaande panden, maar ook aan interieurstukken – zoals meubels en gebruiksvoorwerpen en boeken – die een soort drie-eenheid met het speciaal voor de opdrachtgever gecreëerde gebouw vormden.
April 2020, Penedès Modernist Fair, Arboç, Spain.
March 2021, 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.
26 February – 1 August 2021, Exhibition about Hector Guimard, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA.
More information will follow asap.
19 – 21 February 2021, 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.
23 October 2020 – 21 March 2021, Postponed until 20 January 2021 Exhibition Goddesses of the Art Nouveau, Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Allard Pierson and two German partner museums are putting together an exhibition on the international movement of Art Nouveau. Flowing lines and floral motifs are important features of the style that set the tone throughout Europe between 1890 and 1914. At least as characteristic are the effigies of women. It concerns cliché images; women as divine apparitions borrowed from Classical Antiquity, Byzantine icons, medieval legends and contemporary muses. In the exhibition Goddesses of Art Nouveau, this phenomenon has been examined in the context of the social developments of the time.
This exhibition will travel to Karlsruhe (23 Oct 2021 – 24 April 2022) and Braunschweig (13 Oct 2022 – 9 April 2023).
12 December 2020 – 17 January 2021, Exhibition O Natal e o Gosto Arte Nova, Museu da Cidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.
This is the title of the exhibition that the Museu da Cidade de Aveiro, in Portugal, organised for X-mas time. It is dedicated to the Christmas cards tradition at the beginning of XX century! So, if you are in Portugal, do not miss this opportunity to discover their Art Nouveau postcards collection, it’s possible until January 17th!
23 October 2020 – 21 March 2021, Exhibition Letters of Art Nouveau, Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Art Nouveau around the year 1900 wasn’t just for the wealthy: the flamboyant style also made its presence felt on the streets. In the exhibition ‘Letters of Art Nouveau’, the Allard Pierson shows how Art Nouveau dominated contemporary public space and commercial printing with hand-drawn letters adorning everything from posters to metro entrances. These Art Nouveau letters were disseminated rapidly through handbooks for letter painters and lithographers, and through type specimens. And when interest in Art Nouveau resurfaced in the 1960s, these striking fonts became popular among graphic designers again…
17 October 2020 – 18 April 2021, Exhibition The Wonderful World of Zsolnay Porcelain, Art Nouveau Centre, Riga, Latvia.
The exhibition “The Wonderful World of ZSOLNAY Porcelain” presents outstanding works of Hungarian applied art. Exquisite decorative tableware and figurines, inspired by the company’s historical Art Nouveau line. The cooperation of the museum “Riga Art Nouveau Center” with the Hungarian Embassy in Latvia has been going on for several years and has culminated in high-quality exhibitions that acquaint Latvian residents with Hungarian Art Nouveau period and contemporary art.
10 October 2020 – 31 January 2021, Exhibition Anders Zorn – The Swedish Idyll, Kunstmuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Anders Zorn is still well known in Sweden, but he has largely escaped the attention of the public in the rest of Europe. This autumn Kunstmuseum Den Haag will bring together 150 paintings, watercolours and etchings in the first retrospective of his work in the Netherlands, organised in collaboration with Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and Zorn Museum in Mora.
2 October 2020 – 10 January 2021, Exhibition Gustav Klimt. Inspired by Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) lived and worked in Vienna’s belle époque, a period of unparalleled artistic achievement. Klimt was a member of the symbolist art movement and gained particular fame for his later work, characterised by decorative ornamentalism and suggestive-erotic symbolism. The Van Gogh Museum is organising a retrospective on Gustav Klimt in which the influence of international avant-garde art on Klimt’s oeuvre is illustrated: from Whistler and Toorop, via Monet and Rodin, to Van Gogh and Matisse. 50 works by Gustav Klimt and 50 works by contemporaries are being brought to Amsterdam. The exhibition will then continue at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna.
29 Sept 2020 – 30 May 2021, Exhibition Luigi Colani and Art Nouveau, Bröhan-Museum, Berlin, Germany.
In 1977, Luigi Colani declared “The Bauhaus is dead”, calling instead for a “renaissance of Art Nouveau”. Luigi Colani (1928–2019), a native Berliner, a man of many talents and a master of self-promotion, thus triggered a revolution in German design. One of the most fascinating designer figures in the twentieth century, he is difficult to sum up in his entirety. A student of Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste and graduate of the Sorbonne in Paris, the controversial designer wrote history with his visionary ideas and biomorphic forms. Nature was his most important source of inspiration, formally speaking the maverick had an affinity for Art Nouveau. In this exhibition at Bröhan-Museum, his designs are contrasted with Art Nouveau objects from the museum’s own collection. The floral objects from the Art Nouveau period and Colani’s works stand for a dream of a better world.
2 June 2020 – 18 April 2021, Exposition Mucha, Meester van de Art Nouveau, Steendruk Museum, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands.
Around 1900 artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) created his own style in cosmopolitan Paris. Le Style Mucha became synonymous with the French Art Nouveau. In addition to posters, he illustrated books such as the book Le Pater, to be regarded as his manifesto, and an important handbook for his students entitled: Documents Décoratifs. The Nederlands Steendrukmuseum (Dutch Lithography museum) in Valkenswaard presents a spectacular exhibition about the artist Alphonse Mucha. For the first time in more than 15 years a large overview of the work of this undisputed master of Art Nouveau can be seen in the Netherlands.
15 Different Guided Tours for groups can be booked at ARAU: Brussels is Art Nouveau!
TRAVELLING ART NOUVEAU EXHIBITIONS
Hector Guimard – Art Nouveau to Modernism (dates not known yet)
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York
Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style
The exhibition comprises works from the collections of Glasgow City Council (Museums and Collections), with loans from Scottish collections and private lenders. A beautifully illustrated exhibition catalogue is available.
18 June 2021 – 12 September 2021 – Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN
30 October 2021 – 23 January 2022 – Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
19 February 2022 – 15 May 2022 – Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, Saint Petersburg, FL
Tiffany Travelling 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 andvisual 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
4 Mar 2021 – 30 May 2021 – Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
Publication available for purchase here.
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
17 Mar 2018 – 23 Jun 2019 – Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, USA
13 Oct 2019 – 19 Jan 2020 – Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, USA
8 Feb 2019 – 10 May 2020 – Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, WI, USA
30 May 2020 – 22 Aug 2020 – Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Ft. Wayne, IN, USA
26 Sep 2020 –
3 Jan 2021 Febr 2021 – Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA, USA
1 Nov 2021 -3 Jan 2022 – Appleton Art Museum, Ocala, FL, USA
Travelling Exhibition Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry
25 Oct 2019 – 19 Jan 2020, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH, USA
15 Feb 2020 – 10 May 2020, The Frick Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
6 June 2020 – 30 Aug 2020 – Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA, USA
Travelling Exhibition L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters.
Showcasing the remarkable work of five master printmakers, including Jules Chéret, Alphonse Mucha, Eugéne Grasset, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters features approximately 65 posters and ephemera dating from 1875 to 1910, the spirited 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.
19 Oct 2019 – 12 Jan 2020, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
7 Mar 2020 – 31 May 2020, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
26 Jun 2020 – 23 Aug 2020, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
19 Sept 2020 – 3 Jan 2021, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Auburn, AL
27 Feb 2021 – 23 May 2021, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
June – August 2021 – unknown
3 Sept 2021 – 19 Feb 2022, Brigham Young Uni. Museum of Art, Provo, UT
Travelling Exhibition Timeless Mucha – Mucha to Manga: The Magic of Line
Alongside seminal posters, drawings, book illustrations and designs, the exhibition will include artefacts from Mucha’s art collection, including Japanese prints and Chinese textiles, and interpretations of his work in fin-de-siècle Japan. It will show how his legacy influenced psychedelic rock culture in the US and the UK and Japanese Manga from the 70s to the present day. The exhibition will incorporate digital displays of manga/anime images, along with music associated with the rock posters and record jackets shown in the exhibition.
13 Jul 2019 – 29 Sep 2019, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
12 Oct 2019 – 13 Jan 2020, Museum of Kyoto, Japan
25 Jan 2020 – 12 Apr 2020, Sapporo Art Museum, Japan
25 Apr 2020 – 28 Jun 2020, Nagoya City Art Museum, Japan
11 Jul 2020 – 06 Sep 2020, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
19 Sep 2020 – 29 Nov 2020, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan
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
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.
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