Jardins en fête
10 September 2017
The Boghossian Foundation takes part in the 10th edition of Jardins en Fête organized by the Bibliothèque René Pechère and the CIVA Foundation. Half-hour tours are organized all day through and will give you the opportunity to discover the surroundings of the Art déco swimming pool, unique in Brussels, as wel as the contemporary art sculptures decorating the garden of the Villa.
The swimmingpool and pergola
Designed by the architect Michel Polak, the concept was that the swimming pool would reflect the rear façade. With a depth of 3.80 m and a volume of 500 m3, at the time it was considered to be one of the largest and most modern of its kind, as well as one of the first private swim- ming pools in Belgium. It was completely restored during the work done on the Villa. The pool is surrounded by a pergola with a mosaic floor reflecting the colours of southern climes. At the back of the swimming pool and protected by the pergola, there is a black granite sculpture by the Egyptian artist with Armenian origins Armen Agop (1969). To the front of the pool, there are two sculptures in corten steel which were created specifically for the Villa Empain by the Belgian poet and artist Johan Baudart (1961).
Pool-side, the garden has been decorated with a num- ber of contemporary sculptures by the Belgian artist Hubert Verbruggen (1944). Contrasting perfectly are the simple yet strong lines of the Vinalmont stone sculpture by another Belgian artist Damien Moreau (1966) with the flowers and insects of the Ideal Nature Machine collection, by the Austrian artist Stefan Waibel (1979) expressing a fantasy world.