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Art Nouveau: A New Way of Creating Forms, 1880–1910. A lecture by Maria Savostyanova

Lecture cycle: Twentieth and Twenty-first century design
19 October 2017


The lecture introduces the birth of the first non-historic style—Art Nouveau— which rapidly spread across many European countries.

Together with Maria Savostyanova, the audience will analyze the specific features of various branches of Art Nouveau: Britain’s Modern Style, the French and Belgian Art Nouveau versions, the Spanish Modernismo, the German Jugendstil, and the Viennese Secession, learning about the pioneering figures in the style’s history, such as the founder of Belgian modernism Henry van de Velde, Scottish architect Charles Rennie Macintosh, French architect Hector Guimard, and one of the founding members of the Secession, Josef Hoffmann. Special emphasis will be given to the history of “Vienna’s Workshops”, including their organizational principles, participation in exhibitions and particular aspects of their goods produced before and after the First World War. Concluding the lecture, Savostyanova will talk about the revival of Art Nouveau in the 1960s.


Maria Savostyanova is an art historian and design critic, Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Interior+Design, and author of over 350 articles on consumer and collectible design. Convenor of the Theory and History of Culture program at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, she has been reviewing major contemporary art and design exhibitions for fifteen years.




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