On the morning of Monday 22 May, the International Study Group (ISG) will hold its last talk before its summer break with Alice Graas who will talk about the beginning of Art Nouveau in Brussels; how and why this style appeared specifically in the neighbourhood of Avenue Louise and the exceptional constructions of the movement that were built there from 1893 until the early years of the 20th century.
Alice Graas is the coordinator of Art Nouveau Brussels 2023.
After graduating in anthropology, she focused on the study and valorisation of heritage, specifically that of Art Nouveau heritage through various initiatives.
Since 2017, Alice has coordinated the association Maison Cauchie which is dedicated to the valorisation of the house and the work of the decorators Paul and Lina Cauchie. In this context, she has carried out archiving and researching the work on the building as well as updating the exhibition's scenography, in order to be able to enrich and improve the work of the guides. She is also involved in the day-to-day management of the association, as a volunteer, in order to keep the house open on a regular basis. Alice set up a heritage study that was conducted by an architectural and stenographic office, Architectures Parallèles.
Concurrently, she is creating guided tours dedicated to districts where Art Nouveau is strongly represented in order to share her passion of this heritage with the public and is working on the implementation of the Art Nouveau year, a project of “Urban.Brussels” which endeavours to establish the Brussels Region as the capital of Art Nouveau, celebrating the 130th anniversary of the first "Art Nouveau" house, the Hotel Tassel.
The talk is on Monday, 22 May 2023 at Château Sainte-Anne, Rue Du Vieux Moulin 103, 1160 Bruxelles. On street parking is available. Doors open at 10h00 and the talk will start at 10h30. The event is free for ISG members and guests are welcome and pay €10 on arrival.
ISG talks will recommence in September.