Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March 2020, from 11 am to 6 pm
The Boghossian Foundation opens its doors to the Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival. Don’t miss the guided tours organized on this occasion!
The Villa Empain is a hallmark of Brussels’ art world, and also a remarkable testament to the Art Deco movement. It was built at the beginning of the 1930s by architect Michel Polak under Baron Louis Empain’s initiative. Throughout its past as a private house, a museum, the USSR Embassy, and the eadquarters of Luxembourgish television channel RTL, the Villa has reflected the rhythm of Brussels’ history. Partially destroyed and vandalized, it was abandoned at the beginning of the 1980s.
The Boghossian Foundation acquired the Villa Empain in 2006 and began working on its restoration, a process which would take four years. A project simultaneously complex and delicate, the meticulous restoration was carried out with respect to the history of the building and was awarded the Europa Nostra prize by the European Union.
The visitors are discovering as well the current exhibition Mappa mundi during their visit.
The Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco (BANAD) Festival is an event which promotes the Art Nouveau and Art Deco heritage of the Brussels-Capital Region. It takes place every year in March. The festival offers guided tours through Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings which are, for some of them, usually closed to the public.