Art

Exciting years – a new web journal explores the visionaries of Art Nouveau

In this guest post for Art Nouveau season, Friederike Fankhänel of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) introduces a fascinating new web journal about the innovators of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau). The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) holds the widest collection of Art Nouveau artworks within German-speaking countries. As founding director Justus Brinckmann made extensive […]

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Art Nouveau in Aveiro: a walk through the city

In this week’s Art Nouveau season guest post, Andreia Lourenço of Portugal’s Aveiro City Museum takes us on a guided tour of Aveiro’s finest Art Nouveau buildings. Along the way, she highlights the characteristic elements of Arte Nova (Art Nouveau) in Aveiro, particularly its focus on architectural ornament, and introduces us to important local landmarks. The […]

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Advertising and Art Nouveau in the machine age

In today’s Art Nouveau season guest post, Francesc Quílez, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, describes how commercial artists at the turn of the 20th century adopted modernisme (Art Nouveau) to create vibrant advertising images. At the turn of the 20th century, a public fascination with machines and modern […]

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Alphonse Mucha, Master of Art Nouveau

In today’s Art Nouveau season guest post, Marie Vítková of the National Museum in Prague tells us how Alphonse Mucha made his artistic breakthrough. In December 1894, the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt called the Parisian lithographers Lemerciers, asking for a new poster design for the play Gismonda. She wanted something different than what Lemerciers had […]

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Graphic Inspiration: Nature and Folk Art in Hungarian Art Nouveau

In this week’s Art Nouveau season guest post, Júlia Katona, Head of Collection at Budapest’s Schola Graphidis Art Collection, highlights the importance of graphic arts within Art Nouveau and describes how Hungarian artists were inspired by native folk culture. The Schola Graphidis Art Collection is the museum collection of Hungary’s oldest national art education institution, founded […]

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Slovak painting in the era of Art Nouveau

This week’s guest post for our Art Nouveau season comes from Lukáš Štepanovský of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. The regional variations of Art Nouveau, known as Sezession in Slovak, around Europe were marked and diverse. At that time, the territory of today’s Slovakia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Despite being a crossroads […]

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#5WomenArtists: celebrating female artists from across Europe

Ask someone to name five artists and responses are likely to include famous European names such as Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, da Vinci — all male artists. Ask them to name five women artists, and the question poses more of a challenge. Last year, in honour of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of Women […]

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Gerda Koepff, pioneering collector of Art Nouveau glass

Today’s Art Nouveau season guest post from one of the world’s leading collections of glass, Düsseldorf’s Glasmuseum Hentrich. Dr. Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk introduces us to the innovative collector Gerda Koepff (1919–2006), whose bequest of Art Nouveau glass is an important part of the museum’s collection today. Art Nouveau plays a particularly strong role within the […]

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