The Boghossian Foundation highlighted Heliopolis, the birthplace of a new city built entirely from scratch by the Belgian industrialist Edouard Empain at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Now a part of the vast Egyptian capital, Heliopolis was born of a dream, one which has always brought to mind the city of the same name in Ancient Egypt. Nearly a hundred Egyptian antiquities, ancient works and 20th century objects have been selected by the curators Marie-Cécile Bruwier and Florence Doyen. The exhibition invites the visitor to rediscover the influence of the ancient city as well as the the famous Baron’s founding company. A visionary and patron of the arts, Baron Empain was also Louis Empain’s father, who built the Villa Empain.