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Art Nouveau Treasures

Brussels celebrates Art Nouveau Year in 2023. Victor Horta built the very first Art Nouveau house 130 years ago: Hotel Tassel. But for the highlights of Art Nouveau, Brussels is not the only place to visit this year. In Blankenberge, too, many Belle Epoque houses were built with Art Nouveau elements. The Belle Epoque Centre shows how the style found its way into the interiors of many.

During the belle-époque period, art nouveau became popular. This new style can be seen not only in the art and architecture of the time, but also finds its way into the interior through everyday objects such as furniture, tableware, jewellery,.... Typical in Belgium and France are the graceful lines inspired by the plant and animal world. In eastern Europe (with Vienna at its centre), we see a rather tighter (Sezession) style emerging.

In this expo, admire magnificent treasures by resounding names such as Henry Van de Velde, Fernand Khnopff, James Ensor, Jozef Hoffman, Thonet and Kammerer. Among the many objects, you will discover more than 80 collection pieces from Design Museum Gent.

In collaboration with Design Museum Gent, vzw De Vrienden van het Begijnhof Sint-Truiden and private collectors.