Climate activists throw liquid at Klimt painting in Vienna

Death and Life is the title of an amazing work by Gustav Klimt. It took him almost eight years to paint this artwork, depicting the conflict between existence and extinction, which he himself described as his most important figurative work. And two men have attacked it today. Two climate activists in Austria have broken into the…

Timeless Mucha: The Magic of Line, Beijing, China – until October 30th

A prominent player in the French Art Nouveau movement in the 1920s, you’ve probably seen the work of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha utilized in French style cafés the world over – even informing the overall design of Beijing’s very own Modernista. Entry is free but you must first reserve your spot here (recent travel history required). Through…

Which movements influenced Art Nouveau? (test your skills)

Many people love Art Nouveau but only a few can distinguish what inspired and influenced this Art Style and what didn’t. Check if you are one of them. Before testing your skills on what influenced Art Nouveau, let us describe Art Nouveau (1880-1914). It means “new art” and embraced Europe’s new industrial aesthetic rather than…

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Tiffany Lamps, the icons of American Art Nouveau

Tiffany lamps have become so familiar today that they no longer seem to belong to a particular time and place but they belong to Art Nouveau, a decorative art that owed as much to handicraft as it did to commercial industry. In the United States, these lamps and the firm of Louis Comfort Tiffany played a central role…

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Can you distinguish Art Nouveau and Art Deco? (test your skills)

Both Art Nouveau (1880-1914) and Art Deco (1920-1940) embraced modernist elements and emerged as reactions to major world events; the Industrial Revolution and World War I, respectively. They are easy to distinguish if you know what to look for. Two decorative styles that despite having very different characteristics are often confused. This is a brief…

‘From Mucha to Sendak’: Masterpieces of Illustration, Shenzhen, China – until Sept 11th

This art exhibition in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, displays more than 200 paintings created by Alphonse Mucha and over 50 artists. Featured artists also include Jules Chéret, André Derain, Rene Gruau, Enid Blyton, Freddy Wittop and Maurice Sendak. The exhibits include watercolor paintings, oil paintings, collages, posters, illustrations, design manuscripts and prints. Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was a Czech painter…

Art Nouveau Liberty Style Private Tours Milan

Palazzo Castiglioni is a must-see in Milan

Palazzo Castiglioni (1901-1903) is a grand palace in the Liberty style in Milan and the masterprice of Giuseppe Sommaruga (1867–1917). Its floral elements are combined with classical structures, as in the grandiose atrium. It was a palace built for a wealthy local businessman who wanted the building to reflect his status, its interiors are richly decorated. It was remodelled as an…