Maison Horta & Art Nouveau, Brussels

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    Maison Roosenboom, Bruxelles, May 2011
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    Autrique's house is opened to visits

    by BeChar Updated Jan 20, 2005

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    Autrique's house

    Autrique's house is the first private house of Architect Victor Horta (designed in 1893 for his friend Eugène Autrique, Engineer of Solvay) and contains important elements of Art Nouveau style.

    The house was recently restored according to the project of comics creators ("Les Cités Obscures", 1980) François Schuiten (son of two architects) and Benoît Peters. Their objective is to honour house architecture while opening to the imaginary world. Since December 2004, the house is opened for visits, conference, dinner, ...

    More generally, 2005 was declared year of Art Nouveau. Have a look at the ptitetoile's Art Nouveau travelogue to have an overview of Art Nouveau in Brussels.

    Visits from Wednesday to Sunday 12am-6pm

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    Art Nouveau & Design 1830-1958

    by BeChar Updated Apr 21, 2005

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    The Art nouveau style is much present in Brussels (refer to Art Nouveau by ptitetoile for an overview). In 2005, Art Nouveau receives a special attention called Brussels 2005, Art Nouveau.

    "Art nouveau & Design" proposes an overview of the evolution of decorative arts in XIXth and XXth century through the creativity of Belgian artists. A large part of the exhibition is devoted to Art Nouveau (Horta, Hankar, Van de Velde, Serrurier-Bovy, Wolfers).

    From May 25th till December 31st 2005.

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    Art Nouveau au quotidien - Rouge Cloître

    by BeChar Updated Jan 20, 2005

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    The Art nouveau style is much present in Brussels (refer to Art Nouveau by ptitetoile for an overview). In 2005, Art Nouveau receives a special attention called Brussels 2005, Art Nouveau.

    "L’Art Nouveau au quotidien" is an exhibition that will present objects and pictures (private and public places) related to the Art Nouveau style.

    From May12 till July17 2005

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    Area around the Maison Horta

    by sourbugger Updated Dec 31, 2003

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    Mr Horta to  you..

    The maison Horta is a stunning place to wander around, and at only 5 euro, very well priced.

    I'm not going to say much more about it, as others have altready done that, and the museum website is very good as well.

    My tip here is after visiting the museum have a wander around the area using your ticket (which has a small map printed on it) as a guide to check out half a dozen or so other art Nouveau buildings.

    The surrounding area is quite upmarket and has a number of crafty shops here and there.

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    Making a wish while in Brussels

    by kylian74 Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    This is a religious belief. They believe that when you pay attention, hold and touch this and make any wish...who knows, it would come true!
    This can be found at the Grand Place right beside the Town Hall building, near the street and on the passage way. I've been passing here many times but never realized to make any wish.
    Next time!

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    Eurantica (Brussels 2005 Art Nouveau)

    by BeChar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In 2005, Brussels celebrates the Art Nouveau style (refer to ptitetoile's travelogue on Art Nouveau) with a few exhibitions (see other Art Nouveau tips "L'Art Nouveau au quotidien").

    The Eurantica Brussels - Fine Art & Antiques Fair presents 130 antique dealers and art galleries from Europe. These exhibitors will show principal styles of collectables: furniture, paintings, sculptures, tapestries, glassware, ... some of which are from Art Nouveau style.
    The theme of this year is "Light".

    18 to 22 March 2005, from 12am-7pm. Entrance 10 euro.

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    Horta House

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    The famous architect Victor Horta lived in his own creation in St Gilles, bordering Ixelles, and here you can see the house in full Art Noveau splendour with mirrors and rounded edges that he got building permission for in 1889. It is a gorgeous house that anyone would love to live in and if you don't believe me, just go for the virtual tour on the website - I have no good photos :( The website also give you links to other wonderful Art Noveau buildings in Brussels as well as organisations showing them, and you can read up on exactly what it was if you are not too familiar with the architecture so popular in Brussels, Vienna and other cities.

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    Hôtel Hannon, Interior

    by von.otter Written May 29, 2012

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    “Undoubtedly the key European Art Nouveau architect.”
    — John Julius, Viscount Norwich, CVO (1929- , British historian), referring to Victor Horta

    In 1902, Edouard Hannon (1853-1931), an engineer with the Solvay Corporation, bought a corner lot in the St-Gilles section of Brussels; he asked his friend, architect Jules Brunfaut (1852-1942) to design him a townhouse, where both interior and exterior would be in the Art Nouveau style.

    The monumental stairwell is decorated with frescoes (see photos #1 & #2) by Paul-Albert Baudouin; the rich stained glass windows (see photo #5) were designed by Raphaël Evaldre. Occupied by the Hannon family until 1965, thereafter it was abandoned and nearly demolished. In 1976, it was declared a landmark; three years later it was bought by the city.

    The center hall mosaic tile floor (see photo #4) adds to the swirling vortex motion created by the staircase.

    When Hotel Hannons was completed in 1903, Art Nouveau was in its decline in Brussels, making the building a latecomer on the scene.

    Hôtel Hannon, along with Maison Horta Studio Museum, are the only Art Nouveau-styled houses whose interiors can be visited. Hôtel Hannon is open all year round (except on Monday & Tuesday), Saturday & Sunday: 13:00-18:00 and Wednesday to Friday: 11:00-18:00

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    Maison Roosenboom

    by von.otter Written Jun 4, 2012

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    Rue Faider, 83 is the design work Albert Roosenboom, pupil of Victor Horta, whose influence can be seen.

    Roosenboom, who usually favored the Neo-Rococo style, let his imagination run free for the ironwork of the balcony, above the bay window, and at the main door and ground floor windows. Also take note of the house gutter (see photo #4) to the left of the entry door; it is a detail that really makes a statement.

    The beautiful sgraffito (see photo #2) work of this 1900 private home frames the upper-most windows. The browns of this work contrast well with the white brick. The smoothly curving structural details are made from carved stone that is set into brick walls.

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  • Ultieme Hallucinatie

    by austen1973 Written Aug 31, 2004

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    This bar-restaurant is called De Ultieme Hallucinatie. This 150 years old huilding facade doesn't unfortunatelly give all the credit it really desserves because the interior is absolutely beautiful, all designed by Paul Hamesse in the Art Nouveau. Highly recommend to go there if you like that style.

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    Maison Hankar

    by von.otter Written Jun 5, 2012

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    The architect Paul Hankar built his personal residence in the Bruxelles suburb of Saint-Gilles, home to many masterpieces of the Art Nouveau style, such as the Solvay House, the Hotel Tassel, Hotel Otlet. Located at Rue Defacqz, 71 the townhouse was built in 1893, the same year that Victor Horta built the Hôtel Tassel.

    Hankar’s plan is traditional and the Art Nouveau elements are seen in the decorative elements, such as the sgraffito and wrought iron railings.

    Marked by asymmetry, the most striking feature of the façade is the polychrome appearance, resulting from the sgraffiti and the use of materials with contrasting colors and textures: the red brick, blue stone, and the rough-hewn gray granite.

    The right side of the townhouse is devoted to the entrance door topped by a small canopy and a pair of windows that light the staircase. The left side is dominated by bay windows spanning two floors; two powerful stone consoles, framing the lower window, support the bay. It is decorated with wrought iron railings that show cats playing in a setting of nasturtiums. A balcony extended by two wrought iron columns supporting the cornice tops the bay window.

    Adolphe Crespin is responsible for the sgraffito. On the right of the townhouse, above the door, are a sgraffito scene with white hydrangeas and a cartouche with date of 1893 (see photo #2). Four delightful sgraffito scenes can be seen beneath the cornice: Morning (bird and horse chestnut leaves); Day (a bird and bright sunshine); Evening (a swallow); and Night (bats and stars) (see photo #3).

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    Maison Horta, Exterior

    by von.otter Updated May 31, 2012

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    “Jean Delhaye, a kind of one-man Belgian fin de siècle society who is directing the reconstruction of the home Horta built for himself in Brussels, so that it can open next fall as a museum.”
    — from ‘Architecture: Return to the Purple’ in Time Magazine’s 10.May.1968 issue

    HOUSE MUSEUM As Horta’s assistant, Monsieur Delhaye was perfectly suited to undertake such a worthwhile project. The house and studio of Victor Horta, the grand master of Art Nouveau architecture, is a peaceful escape, filled with beautiful design elements to delight the eye. Horta applied for a building permit in August 1898. Work would continue through 1908. The façade, built from stone, has delicately designed metal railings (see photos #2 & #4).

    I love the sinuous, organic vine-like shape of the front door handle (see photo #5) to Maison Horta.

    Located in the St-Gilles (Sint-Gillis in Flemish) area of Bruxelles, Maison Horta is one of many Art Nouveau buildings found in this part of town.

    Opening hours are limited, from 14:00 to 17:30, Tuesday to Sunday.

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    Hôtel Tassel: A First

    by von.otter Updated Jun 6, 2012

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    Hôtel Tassel was constructed from 1893 to 1897; Victor Horta served as the architect. Built for the Belgian scientist and professor Edmond Tassel, this private home is considered to be the first Art Nouveau building in Brussels. It is Horta’s first mature work using this style. For Horta, this was his first use of stone and metal, considered, at the time, a very modern building material for domestic architecture. Another modern feature of the townhouse is the extensive use of glass. There are classical elements of the façade, such as moldings and columns. This townhouse has features that would become signature elements of Horta’s domestic architecture: an open floor plan; a use of natural light, let in by the many large windows; unifying architecture, interior decoration, and furniture.

    A bay window (see photos #2& #5), extending over two stories, dominates the street-facing façade. Behind the mezzanine-level windows Tassel’s smoking room could be found. Notice the details at this level: the thin stone columns (see photos #2 & #5) with tendrils melting onto the base supporting them, as the upper column grips the iron lintel above. The exposed rivets work as part of the decorative scheme.

    Located at Rue Paul-Emile Jansonstraat, 6, Hôtel Tassel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Hôtel Hannon, Exterior

    by von.otter Written May 29, 2012

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    “The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.”
    — Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

    HOUSE MUSEUM Hôtel Hannon was designed in 1903 by architect Jules Brunfaut (1852-1942) at the request of his friend Edouard Hannon (1853-1931), an engineer with the Solvay Company and an amateur photographer.

    One of the most striking features this mansion, located on a corner lot, is a bas-relief limestone panel (see photo #5), by Victor Rousseau, on the corner of the facade. Entitled La Fileuse this bas-relief is an allegory of the passage of time.

    Currently the building is owned by the Brussels district of Saint-Gilles. Contretype Photographic Gallery is housed in Hôtel Hannon; the gallery is devoted to promoting creative photography and offers regular exhibitions.

    Hôtel Hannon is open all year round (except on Monday & Tuesday), Saturday & Sunday: 13:00-18:00 and Wednesday to Friday: 11:00-18:00

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    Maison Horta, Interior

    by von.otter Written May 31, 2012

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    “I’d choose the plant’s stem.”
    — Victor Horta (1861-1947), from his memoirs

    Art Nouveau took its inspiration from nature. Flowers and plants were key to the style’s look. For Horta, however, the flower was too baroque; therefore he picked the stem to use as a starting point for his designs.

    The Maison et Atelier Horta was built to fulfill the designer’s professional and family needs. Built between 1898 and 1901 on two lots in the St-Gilles section of Bruxelles. Following Horta’s divorce, first, he leased out the building for a period of time, but then resumed living there, making changes to the interior. These alterations included a terrace and a winter garden (see photo #5) and the atelier was enlarged.

    The most spectacular element in the house is the stunning stained glass skylight (see photos #1 & #2) over the central marble staircase (see photo #4), developed in September 1899. Drawings for the railings (see photo #3) were completed in February of 1900. The placement of this staircase in the center of house, with the living space built around it, was quite radical and innovative at the time.

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