Registration: 15th Art history seminar “Art nouveau revisited: trends and peculiarities”

Registration has opened for the 15th Art history seminar “Art nouveau revisited: trends and peculiarities”, organized by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) on 13 and 14 February 2014 in the framework of the European project Partage Plus.

Emphasis will be laid on the different coexisting trends and peculiarities of art nouveau, both in Belgium and abroad. Freed from the yoke of historicism, artists and craftsmen drew their inspiration from highly diverse sources, revisiting local cultures and celebrating age-old artisanal techniques (wrought iron, hammering, sgraffito, ceramics, stained glass…) and regional materials. The invention of this unique decorative vocabulary was enriched by the assimilation of organic forms inspired by nature, archetypes of industrial civilization as well as japonism.

The symposium will be a unique opportunity to present the variety of examples from our cultural heritage as well as to exchange point of views on the matter.