17.06.2008 , 18:45

Henry van de Velde in Poland/w Polsce

The sanatorium’s interieur in Trzebiechów (Poland)

Antje Neumann, Brigitte Reuter (ed.); henry van de velde in polen/w polsce. die innenarchitektur im sanatorium trebschen/architektura wnetrz w sanatorium trzebiechów. bi-lingual illustrated book with photographs by Roland Dressler. 118 p., hardcover, S
Henry van de Velde photos:
Representation of the German-Speaking Community of Belgium (GC)

Presentation of the bi-lingual (german/polish) illustrated book of Antje Neumann and Dr. Brigitte Reuter, representing the single opus of van de Velde in Poland • The presentation of the book is a cooperation of the Representation of the German-Speaking Community of Belgium (GC), the Representation of the Land Brandenburg to the European Union, the Province of Lubuskie (Poland) and the German Cultural Forum for Central and Eastern Europe

6 pm

In Trzebiechów, since the Second World War a small city in Poland and before the German city of Trebschen, a sensational artistic devise was discovered: Henry van de Velde, the famous Belgian designer of Art Nouveau, created the interieur of a sanatorium there between 1903 and 1905. Apart from essays on topics of artistic and historical interest as well as on the story of recovering the work of van de Velde, the German-Polish publication contains many actual photos, historic illustrations, letters and other documents published for the first time. For what is known by now, the sanatorium’s interieur represents the single opus of van de Velde in Poland.

Henry van de Velde was a Belgian architect and designer who ranks with his compatriot Victor Horta as an originator of the Art Nouveau style. In 1902 he went to Weimar. There, influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement, he reorganized the Kunstgewerbeschule (Arts-and-Crafts School) and the Academy of Fine Art. Like the progressive German designers at the time, van de Velde was connected with Deutscher Werkbund, and he designed the theatre for the »Werkbund Exposition« in Cologne in 1914. He later lived in Switzerland and the Netherlands. He returned to Brussels where he became director of the Institut Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs. Together with Octave van Rysselberghe he planned the home of the family De Brouckère that today hosts the Representation of the German speaking Community of Belgium.

Address of welcome

  • Isabelle Weykmans, Minister of Culture of the GC
  • MinDirig i. R. Winfried Smaczny, Chairman of the German Cultural Forum for Central and Eastern Europe

Slide shows

  • Erwin Bockhorn-von der Bank, Discoverer of the sanatorium’s interieur
  • Dr. Brigitte Reuter, Art historian
  • Barbara Bielinis-Kopec, Department of Monument Protection, Zielona Góra

Moderation and closing words

  • Rudolf Kremer, Chairman of the Royal Commission of Monument Protection of the GC

The German Culture Forum for Central and Eastern Europe is supported by the German Federal Government’s Commissioner for Culture and Media.

2008-06-17 18:45:00
2008-06-17 18:45:00