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The bistro is named after the artistic movement, which flourished in Belgium round 1900. Between 1890 and 1915, Brussels was the centre of the development of this new style. Art Nouveau was a total concept intended to bring art into the common world; functional objects were also to become objects of beauty. Everyone had to have access to art and cultural enlightment. The fluent, swinging lines of the style evoke graceness and freedom.
The first exponent of the original and ornamental Art Nouveau was architect Victor Horta (1861-1947). Through the work of his contemporary Henri Van de Velde (1863-1957), Art Nouveau developed further in Germany and Austria to a more abstract approach. The new bourgoisie and freethinkers of Brussels financially supported them so they were able to show their work and promote their concepts in exhibitions and architecture all over Europe.
Quite a number of characteristics of Art Nouveau and Art Deco can be seen in the houses in the Cotroceni district. Most of them were constructed between 1915 and 1940 in the neo-Brancoveanian or neo-Romanian style.
Bistro Art Nouveau is setting out to become a place of culture, bringing people together in an international, cultural, open-minded and humanist environment. In the spirit of the Art Nouveau we offer our guests regular cultural events to help create an atmosphere of “joie de vivre”, with cool jazz, chanson, guest cooks, theatre, discussion evenings and open forums for conversation.