Photo album: November 2011
Calender 2012 with pictures of the Art Nouveau (Jugendstil, Secession) in Timişoara / Temeswar
One of Timişoara's buildings gathering loads of appreciation from the visitors (as well as sorrows for its poor state) is certainly the palais built by Max Steiner in the downtown ("inner city"), on the southwestern corner of Union Square. Some of the local people know the building as the "former Escompte Bank" and, in deed, here lay once the headquarters of this financial institution (together other companies, as welll as some flats). Max Steiner or, under the Hungarian version, Steiner Miksa, had owned a small plant producing "spodium" (bone charcoal) and other such (half)chemicals; after selling the facility he gained enough financial strength to build two massive palaces: one in Timişoara's Fabric district (on Andrássy út / today Bvd. 3 August 1919), and the other (i.e.: the building here of matter) in the very heart of the "Inner City". The first decade of the XX-th century was a very promising time for flourishing real estate businesses. For the palace in the downtown, considering that some of the space was already rented to a bank, the owner chose two well-known architects from Budapest: Komor Marcell and Jakab Dezsö, both within the "lechnerian school" (of architecture), disciples of Ödön Lechner. Typical to Lechner (and his followers) are the curved, organic shapes, rounded corners and the use of contrasting volumes – there have been comparisons to the artistic language of the Catalan architect Gaudí. At the Escompte Bank, the overall outlook of a "house from fairy tales" or, better yet, "gingerbread-house" is strengthen by the carefully designed use of decoration pieces made out of glazed ceramics, painted green, white and violet; this ceramic tiles are not only used to make up the large (and very interesting!) coat of arms with the beehive symbol (pointing, of course, to the banking activity), but also around the windows and with other details. Compared to many other Secession buildings in Timişoara, which tend to avoid all too "revolutionary" features, the palace planned by Komor and Jakab stands out as a real "secession" with the classical architecture.
In the autumn of 2011 we realised a calendar aimed at presenting the astonishing heritage of Timisoara to the world. Our pictures show special buildings and monuments from special angles – we want to open new perspectives to the history of Timisoara. On the page of each month we have a large picture of a detail of the Art Nouveau architecture of Timisoara; this architecture is also known as Jugendstil or Secession (the last name is very popular in our town) or, plainly, "style 1900", and makes up an important part of our city tours of Timisoara. On the back side of each month's page there's more information about the depicted monument – now you can read that info here in this photo album.
The calender were aimed to be gifts to our friends, customers and guests. In the meantime we have already started working for the calendar 2013!
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