ART NOUVEAU Sustainable protection and promotion of Art Nouveau heritage in the Danube Region

ART NOUVEAU Labelled DTP project for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018


Throughout the Danube region, Art Nouveau is a defining feature of many urban landscapes. Art Nouveau movement in this area mainly stemmed from the Viennese Secession, prevalent and influential in urban planning and architecture at the end of 19th – beginning of 20th century. Secession monuments are generally revered as jewels of architecture, craftsmanship and art. Yet, their potential for becoming sites of vibrant communal life, as well as tourist attractions is often left unexplored and unrealized.
As Art Nouveau is present in urban setting in many countries, it possesses cohesive force for connecting them. The partnership of 10 partner organizations from 7 countries in the Danube region recognized this potential. Responding to the needs for sustainable and harmonized protection, revitalization and promotion of Art Nouveau, this partnership devised a series of interconnected cross-sectoral activities covering the full cycle of its protection and revival.
Museums and institutes for protection of monuments will undertake scientific research of roots and forms of expression of Art Nouveau, enhance its physical conservation and ensure its preservation in a digital form. Urban planning institute and municipalities will elaborate fact-based policy recommendations for protection and rehabilitation of Art Nouveau as well as its successful functional and aesthetic integration into urban setting. Complemented by carefully devised promotional activities and campaigns on local, regional and (inter)national level, such combination of activities will ensure sustainable management and revival of Art Nouveau heritage. As a result, its values and monuments will be revered and cherished by inhabitants, tourists and future generations instead of being lost to them as relicts of the past. Apart from its immediate and palpable results, this project will ultimately achieve an invaluable one: harnessing cohesive potential of the Art Nouveau cultural heritage in Danube region.

Sustainable protection and promotion of Art Nouveau heritage in the Danube Region
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1649559
ERDF Contribution: 1206795,15
IPA Contribution: 195330
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Oradea Municipality Lead partner Romania
Museum of Applied Arts ERDF partner Hungary
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia ERDF partner Slovenia
MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art ERDF partner Austria
International Council for Monuments and Sites-ICOMOS Romania ERDF partner Romania
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Project News

  • ART NOUVEAU - Restoring ART NOUVEAU International Conference in Budapest!
    - 23-10-2017

    As part of the ART NOUVEAU project, the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts is pleased to invite all interested professionals and individuals to the international conference and workshop "Restoring Art Nouveau". The events will be organized in...

  • ART NOUVEAU - WORLD DAY OF ART NOUVEAU 2017 - celebrated in the Danube region!
    - 08-06-2017

    The 10th of June is the World Day of Art Nouveau. On this day, two charismatic architects of the movement from two different corners of Europe, Antonio Gaudi and Ödön Lechner, died. To celebrate their lives, creativity and work the 10th June was...

  • ART NOUVEAU - ART NOUVEAU project was successfully launched!
    - 28-03-2017

    ART NOUVEAU project officially took off! The Kick-off event of project was organized in Vienna, at the premises of the MAK Museum, on the 7th of March. After Mr Thun-Hohenstein, director of MAK Museum, had welcomed the participants and opened the...

  • ART NOUVEAU - ART NOUVEAU Kick-off Conference in Vienna on 7th of March
    - 11-09-2017

    The MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art as hosting partner, and the Municipality of Oradea as Lead Partner, in the name of the entire partnership, have the pleasure to invite you to the kick-off event of the ART NOUVEAU...

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)