Budapest Marks World Art Nouveau Day on Saturday


World Art Nouveau Day (WAND) is an event dedicated to Art Nouveau that is celebrated annually on June 10th. Budapest is home to several celebrated Art Nouveau buildings and visitors will have a chance to get up close to them on June 12, World Art Nouveau Day because Saturaday is a more convenient than Thursday.

The first World Art Nouveau Day in 2013 was organized by The Museum of Applied Arts (Budapest) (IMM) in cooperation with Szecessziós Magazin (a Hungarian Magazine about Art Nouveau

In Budapest, this year’s focus is Art Nouveau depictions of animals, and art historian Zsófia Hutvágner will be on hand to point out decorative motifs during the tour of various Art Nouveau buildings. As well as tours of buildings, a programme held in the villa of György Ráth, the first director of the Museum of Applied Arts, will offer an insight into the preparatory work for an exhibition the museum will soon open on Art Nouveau costumes, fashion and design. In the villa’s garden children can participate at workshops led by art teachers.

In the famous Budapest Zoo, visitors can take part at a walk focusing on the architecture of the buildings designed in the early 1900s, with programmes including handicrafts and jewelry making.

All programmes organised by the Museum of Applied Arts are gratis with preliminary registration required at

World Art Nouveau Day as been celebrated in June every year since 2013. It is listed among official programmes of the Reseau Art Nouveau Network (RANN) international organisation. Many Art Nouveau building celebrate thte Art Nouveau Day, for example Villa Bernasconi (Cernobbio, near Como, Italy) will be exceptionally open on June 10th. Enjoy it!