Summer School Art Nouveau in Brussels

 Brussels, Belgium
 Belgium from 29 June to 8 July 2022

The Summer School "Heritage and Innovation : Art Nouveau, a laboratory for past, present and future challenge" is a 10-day summer programme in English organised by the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta at Université libre de Bruxelles in partnership with the Université d'Aix-Marseille (France), the University of Bucharest (Romania) and the University of Glasgow (UK) from 29 June to 8 July 2022 in Brussels. It combines lectures and exclusive site visits in the Brussels area led by renowned experts.

From the beginnings of Art Nouveau to its peak, from private mansion to public building, from furniture to ornamentation, from destruction to preservation, you will undertake a journey through European culture and history and examine the relationship between heritage and innovation through the lens of Art Nouveau. 

The program will shed lights on how Art Nouveau blossomed in Brussels and will allow you to discover the city on the footsteps of pioneers such as Victor Horta, Paul Hankar and Henry van de Velde. Participants will also address how the movement spread across Europe and infused society well beyond architecture. They will examine how Art Nouveau can act as a laboratory to tackle current and future challenges related to preservation and renovation, cultural heritage and tourism, as well as the role of heritage as an economic resource. With a view to foster transdisciplinary, participants will also broaden their perspectives by reflecting on the link between Art Nouveau shapes and recent outreaches in metamaterial physics, selfstable structures, and deployable structures.

Bringing together a transnational and transdisciplinary team of lecturers, this summer school offers a unique opportunity for a dialogue between students, academics, and experts such as curators, architects and practitioners involved in heritage and urban policies.

The summer school combines various types of learning activities:

  • lectures and public conferences including Q&A sessions where renowned experts will explain and discuss Art Nouveau from a historical and challenge-based perspective; 
  • roundtable session with professionals;
  • visits in Brussels to illustrate issues discussed during lectures and to guide participants through the extensive Art Nouveau heritage in Brussels;
  • group work in interdisciplinary and transnational teams.

Target audience
The summer school is open to students in their final year of Bachelor degree, Master and PhD students as well as young professionals. Applications from various backgrounds including architecture, art, history, philosophy, cultural management, urbanism and engineering are welcome. 

Coordinator : Marcelle Rabinowicz, Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta, Université libre de Bruxelles

This summer school is organised within the framework of CIVIS.
CIVIS partners: Aix-Marseille Université, University of Bucharest, University of Glasgow.

Other partners: Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Réseau Art Nouveau Network, Horta Museum,, Musées Royaux Art et Histoire, Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts visuels La Cambre, Commune de Schaerbeek, Cultural Perspectives, CIVA.

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