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2 minutes to read Posted on Wednesday July 15, 2020

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

portrait of Franc J. Zakrajsek

Franc J. Zakrajsek

Developer , LUNIDA

Discovering Art Nouveau Danube heritage through a map

As part of our ‘Discovering Europe’ season we explore initiatives from across the cultural heritage sector which support and highlight cultural tourism locally and further afield. In this post we explore the Art Nouveau digital repository, which functions as a common content point of Art Nouveau heritage in the Danube region and encourages people to explore beautiful architecture in cities throughout Eastern Europe.

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Cooperative Bank, Ljubljana, Bow windows with decorations, CC BY-NC-ND
Ivan Vurnik (architect)

Exploring Art Noveau in Eastern Europe 

The Art Nouveau movement began in Western Europe around the beginning of the 20th century. The core centres of Art Nouveau creations in Western Europe include Brussels, Barcelona, Budapest, Paris, Aveiro and Vienna, but many jewels of Art Nouveau architecture, decorative and applied arts can be found through the whole Danube region in Eastern Europe. 

The Art Nouveau Danube digital repository and Art Nouveau Danube mobile app aim to highlight, digitise, and promote this heritage. The repository contains over 17,000 digital objects, with standardised and interoperable information on Art Nouveau heritage from the Danube region in different forms. It includes 3D objects, videos, texts, photos, descriptions. Each object in the repository contains geographical coordinates, the link to the national heritage portal and the link to Europeana. 

Using the app and repository 

The repository offers users the chance to observe, compare, and analyse this heritage for the whole Danube region via a single interactive geographical map, supporting research into the effective preservation, renovation and revitalisation of this valuable heritage. It has been used to conduct research and create strategies for Art Nouveau heritage preservation, and is available as a knowledge base for professionals and for everyday use.

The app is accessible to the general public for everyday use as an online tool for tourism, research and education. It supports and helps cultural tourists, especially Art Nouveau lovers, to plan, discover, and visit Art Nouveau buildings in the Danube region.

Art Nouveau Danube digital repository screenshot

About the project 

The lack of heritage documentation data and the desire to merge Europeana resources with local resources from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia and Romania motivated the development of the app and repository. The work is led by Franc J. Zakrajsek, a developer at LUNIDA, a partner and content provider of the Europeana Archaeology project.  

The project re-used and enriched Europeana metadata. Additionally, cultural institutions from Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, and other countries digitised analogue objects and made them available through the repository. The project now presents movable, immovable, and intangible Art Nouveau heritage from the whole Danube region, including 3D models.