Werner Adriaenssens

Professor of History of Decorative Arts

Professors Art Studies and Archaeology (SKAR) Architecture Heritage & Preservation
  • Current position Professor of History of Decorative Arts
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    Department of Art Studies and Archaeology
    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Building C - Room 5.433
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Werner Adriaenssens is professor of History of Decorative Arts. He is also curator of the section Decorative Arts of the 20th Century at the Royal Museums of Art and History. His main research is focused on Belgian Art Nouveau and Art Deco. In these style periods, covering the last decade of the 19th and first half of the 20th century, the focus is on Brussels. The capital of a young and well industrialized nation saw a concentration of wealth and creativity. In this context, different research projects have focused on subjects with a relation to the urban history: research about the decorative arts in a global perspective, about international exhibitions in Brussels or abroad, the connection between artist and firms producing decorative art and the art market in this well-defined period.

Key publications

Föhl, T., S. Walter and W. Adriaenssens (eds.) (2013) Henry van de Velde Passion Function Beauty 1863-1957, Tielt: Lannoo.

Adriaenssens, W. (2011) Un mobilier fait sur mesure. « Ce que tu appelles une fantaisie restera dans le souvenir des artistes comme un exemple de grâce, d’élégance et de somptuosité simple… », in Victor Horta - Hotel Aubecq, Brussels: Direction des Monuments et des Sites, 87-121.

Adriaenssens, W. (2010) Wenen–Brussel: realiteit of mythe? De invloed van de Wiener Werkstätte op de Belgische interieurkunsten, in K. Goubert and W. Nys (eds.) Wiener Werkstätte Zilver en Belgisch Zilverdesign (Coll. “Sterckshof Studies” nr. 42), Antwerpen-Deurne: Provincieraad van Antwerpen, 21-45.

Adriaenssens, W., and R. Steel (2006) La dynastie Wolfers. De l’Art Nouveau à l’Art Déco, Antwerp: Pandora.

Adriaenssens, W. (2005) « C’était au temps où Bruxelles chantait». Deux paravents de Paul Hankar datant des beaux jours du restaurant du Grand Hôtel, in W. Adriaenssens, L. Daenens and Fr. Loyer, Paul Hankar, architecte d’intérieur, Brussels: Fondation Roi Baudouin, 2005, 15-39.