The second Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco (BANAD) Festival will take place from 10 to 25 March 2018.
The programme will include guided tours of exceptional Art Nouveau and Art Deco interiors, guided walking, bike and coach tours, exhibitions, concerts, family activities, themed evenings.

The theme for 2018 will be “Hidden gems + focus on Horta”.


Art nouveau or art deco?
What I always wanted to know but never dared to ask?

There is something I always wanted to know but never dared to ask:  How to distinguish the two styles art nouveau and art deco?

Flagey, the Kaai theatre, the Renault building, the National Basilica (Koekelberg) or Villa Empain are definitively art deco buildings, whereas the splendid Old England building or many Horta buildings are built in the art nouveau style.

I would like to share with you the secret:

Art nouveau:

  • Born in Brussels
  • 1893 (with the world’s first art nouveau buildings of Victor Horta and Paul Hankar); reached its peak level in 1900 – 1905
  • became an international style
  • floral, lines from nature but also geometric
  • expensive materials like steel or glass
  • calligraphy letters

Art deco:

  • Born in Paris
  • 1925 (along with an exhibition on “art decoratif” in Paris)
  • became an international style
  • geometric
  • more simple letter types

So the new style (art nouveau) is older and art deco is less decorative!

All this I have learned during a visit of an earlier exhibition at CIVA, Rue de l’Ermitage 55 Kluisstraat, 1050 Brussels (Tram “Bailly”).


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