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Art Nouveau Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Art Nouveau and magnificent structures throughout the capital city are recognized as "world heritage" by UNESCO. The brilliant creative works of Victor Horta, Paul Hankar, as well as those of other architects, bring pleasure to thousands of visitors who enter the private world of these opulent houses every year.

At the turn of the 19th century Brussels went through a period of unrivaled effervescence. The middle classes, merchants and artists opted to have their houses built in the style in vogue: Art Nouveau, marking the beginning of modern architecture and design.

The Austrian architect Josef Hoffman and painter Gustav Klimt, the French architect Hector Guimard all joined the Belgian architects Victor Horta en Paul Hankar, Henry van de Velde, the furniture designer Serrurier-Bovy and the jeweler Philippe Wolfers to get their inspiration or produce themselves for the first time in a more liberal city.

It should be noted that most of the Art Nouveau buildings listed below can be used as venues for meetings and special events.


Museums, Monument and Events

Horta Museum

Built between 1898 and 1901, the former home of Art Nouveau's best-known architect, Victor Horta, is now the Horta Museum - a showcase of stained glass and subway tile, pale wood and wrought iron whose every corner seems magically bathed in golden sunlight. Open: Daily from 2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Closed: Mondays, January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, Ascension Day, July 21st, August 15th, November 1st and 11th and December 25th .

Find out about upcoming Events at Horta!

Hannon House

This magnificent manor house built by Jules Brunfaut in 1903, houses the Contretype center which is dedicated to photography exhibitions. The extraordinary harmony of marble, mosaics, stained glass and wood paneling of can still be admired today.

Open: Wed, Thu & Fri from 11:00-6:00. Weekends from 1:00-6:00. In Jul & Aug: Wed-Sat, 1:00-6:00. Closed on Mon, Tue, official holidays and in January.

Solvay Library

Located near Leopold Park, this Art Nouveau jewel of is a landmark building from 1902. Wonderful for conferences, concerts, cocktails, gala nights, exhibitions, and group visits upon appointment.

Cauchie House

The Maison Cauchie is considered as one of the most beautiful masterworks of Art Nouveau in Brussels. Situated in front of the Parc du Cinquantenaire, it was built for personal use in 1905 by architect, painter and decorator Paul Cauchie. It bears many exceptional decorative elements, including the famous Art Nouveau wall paintings.

Open: First weekend of the month 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last tour at 4.30 p.m). In Summer from May 2nd to August 29th every Tuesday from 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. (last tour at 8.30 p.m.).

Bozar - Palais des Beaux Arts

Designed by Art Nouveau pioneer Victor Horta, the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels houses concert halls and exhibition areas embracing the artistic fields of music, theater, cinema and art.

Open: Exhibitions are open from Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Ticket office is open from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Closes: December 25th and January 1st

Autrique House

The first important building by Victor Horta, the Autrique House, is a major element in the architectural heritage of Brussels. This house, dating from 1893, represents an essential stage in the development of Belgium's greatest architect.

Open: Wednesday to Sun from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays and on holidays.

Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art

Located in an art nouveau masterpiece designed by Victor Horta, this unique museum depicts the stages of putting together a comic strip as well as wonderful displays of cartoon art form artists around the world and of course Belgium's most famous cartoonists.

Open: Tuesday to Sun 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.

Closed: Mondays.

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Square Ambiorix

Located in the EU district, this neighborhood was built during the glory days of Art Nouveau. The finest names in Art Nouveau have left their mark here, including the master of the genre, Victor Horta. You can view this neighborhood via of the tour-ride on the hop on/off busses which meet in the area around the Grand Place.

Art Nouveau Collection - Royal Museums of Art & History

This collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco is currently limited to only one room, the Wolfers Store, with sculptures, glass making, ceramics and silverware from 1890 to 1940. But in June 2012, 6 new rooms will open allowing the showing of 2,000 pieces. Located at the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels. Guided tours are available upon request.

Open: Tuesday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends and feast days from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed: Monday, January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th, December 25th, on December 24th and 31st closing at 4:00 p.m.

Ticket office closes at 4:00 p.m., on December 24th and 31st at 3:00 p.m.

Parc du Cinquantenaire

Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM)

The Museum of Musical Instruments is a strikingly beautiful building in Brussels combining the architectural styles of Neo-Classic and Art Nouveau. Housed in the museum is a collection of more than 7000 instruments of varying kinds and origins. On the top floor, the indoor & outdoor cafe provides visitors with a magnificent 360° view of Brussels.

Open: Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed: Monday, January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th, December 25th.

Ticket office closes 45 minutes before the museum closes.

Villa Empain - Cultural Center

This example Art Deco architectural style in Brussels has opened its doors on April 21, 2010 as at Cultural Center dedicated to creating a dialogue between the East and West. The first exhibit will be called "Les routes des merveilles" (The roads of wonder) and will explore the elegance of the cultural exchanges between the two. Future programming initiatives will include humanitarian and educational activities, conferences and other cultural and scientific events.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Closed: Monday, January 1st, December 25th

Biennial Art Nouveau Voir et Dire Brussels

On the four weekends of October, 2013 the Biennial Art Nouveau Event will take place for the fifth time. Tourist routes by car, on foot or by bike to explore a city with Art Nouveau architecture. You can visit interiors of the villas, private houses, schools, and shops, which are open and accessible with a pass.

 

 

Biennial Art Nouveau Voir et Dire Brussels

The 7th Brussels Art Nouveau Biennial Event will take place over the 4 weekends of October 2013. Visitors could obtain a passport for 1 weekend of for all 4 weekends. Also single entrance tickets were available per location. In addition, a comprehensive program of guided walks, bike and bus tours introduced visitors to the city of Brussels: capital of Europe and of Art Nouveau. The event is a collaboration of 6 cultural tourism associations who have organized this popular program of events & guided tours.  www.voiretdirebruxelles.be

 

Art Nouveau Themed Tours & Itineraries

Architecture Tour with Brussels International Travel Services (BITC)

Arkadia.be Guided Tours
Art Nouveau Bike Tours with Pro Velo

Art Nouveau Brussels Weekend with All About Belgium (AAB)

Art Nouveau Districts with Arau

Art Nouveau in Brussels with Itineraires

Art Nouveau Itinerary and Map from Brussels International

Brussels 1900 Art Nouveau with Arau

Brussels, City of Art Nouveau Guided Tour with Brussels International

Horta to Horta at Bozar

La Fonderie Brussels Tours
Le Bus Bavard Tours

 

 

Restaurants & Brasseries

La Porteuse D'Eau

This café with dinner and show is a must for its authentic Art Nouveau decor.

Falstaff

The Falstaff is a listed building, located in front of the 'Bourse' (Stock Exchange).

De Ultieme Hallucinatie

In a house featuring Art Nouveau decor, the garden has been transformed into a cafe.

Le Cirio

All the charm of the Brussels Belle Epoque.

L'Ancienne Poissonnerie

Italian cuisine in a restaurant with original Art Nouveau decor.

Restaurant Vincent

In an environment very typical of Brussels, you will take seat in charming small boat.

Osteria Delle Stelle

Italian cuisine located in Brussels.