Art(s) nouveau(x) belge(s)
Van de Velde, Serrurier-Bovy, Hankar & Co.
Design Museum Gent is be exhibiting part of its Art Nouveau collection at the Hannon Museum. This new museum is housed in the gorgeous Art Nouveau Maison Hannon in Saint-Gilles and will be opened in cooperation with the nearby Horta Museum.
Architect Jules Brunfaut designed and built the Maison Hannon in 1902 for Edouard Hannon and Marie Debard. The style is a mix between Belgian and French art nouveau. You can see the renovated house with its fairytale-like frescoes, stained-glass windows and monumental staircase as well as changing thematic exhibitions.
On the ground floor are the reception rooms, where the original furnishings have been best preserved. There, many original pieces return to their original locations after 40 years. Furniture by Emile Gallé and Louis Majorelle, among others, are on display.
On the first floor, there are temporary exhibitions, each time taking a contemporary look at a selection of Art Nouveau objects. For the first exhibition, Design Museum Gent is lending 55 masterpieces by important artists in Belgian Art Nouveau. You will see designs by Henry van de Velde, Paul Hankar and Gustave Serrurier-Bovy.