Max Hallet Mansion

Avenue Louise 346
1050 Ixelles


This building was built between 1902 and 1905 to the designs of Victor Horta for the lawyer Max Hallet, and it marks the beginning of Horta’s transition to a more sober style of Art Nouveau. The interior is magical with curves and counter-curves reflecting each other harmoniously in splendid stained-glass windows. The huge staircase is at the heart of the house, and is made up of two flights of white marble stairs, bathed in daylight from the verandah on the first landing and from a huge skylight above the second landing.

Catteau-Horta Primary School

Rue Saint-Ghislain 40
1000 Bruxelles


This primary school was comissioned from Victor Horta by Brussels City Council in 1895. The facade is decorated with bands of light and dark stone. Despite a few hints of the Gothic style, it is undoubtedly an Art Nouveau building. Inside, the skylight over the playground is supported on a delicate metal framework, allowing the daylight to flood in. The painstaking restoration by architect Barbara Van der Wee in 1999 has ensured it remains one of the hidden Art Nouveau gems of the Marolles district.


Primary school n°1 of Schaerbeek

Rue Josaphat 229
1030 Schaerbeek


Henri Jacobs, who designed and built many of the new public schools in Brussels, began with this complex in 1907. It remains one of the most beautiful examples of Art Nouveau school architecture. Note the particularly fine sgraffiti panels by Privat Livemont.

Flagey House

Avenue du Général de Gaulle 39
1050 Ixelles


This townhouse is one of a pair of semi-detached houses designed by the architect Ernest Blérot in 1904. The two white-stone Art Nouveau facades are differentiated by a few details. N°39 has a curved set of steps with a sinuous wrought-iron handrail, leading to the porch which protects the front door. The interior is laid out around a remarkable stairwell, topped with a stained-glass skylight. The hall floor is decorated in mosaic. The building has recently been converted into a Bed & Breakfast, offering high levels of comfort in an exceptional Art Nouveau interior.

Winssinger Mansion / Galerie La Forest Divonne

Rue de l’Hôtel des Monnaies 66
1060 Saint Gilles


Galerie La Forest Divonne occupies a large space, Under a stunning Art Deco glass roof, just behind Hôtel Winssigner, a remarquable Art Nouveau Mansion built by Victor Horta between 1984 and 1897.

Once the Familly house of engineer Winssinger, the building was divided into flats by architect Horta himslef in 1928-1929. It then became the headquarters of insurrance company “Le Lion Belge”, which built the impressive Art Deco space behind the house that now hosts an Art Gallery.

Galerie La Forest Divonne (formerly Galerie Vieille du Temple) was founded in 1988 in Paris by Marie-Hélène de La Forest Divonne. She still runs it in the historical space of Galerie Albert Loeb, rue des Beaux Arts, near Saint-Germain des Prés. In 2016 she opened a Brussels location. All of her artists are represented there, altough the unique volume of the gallery drives a focus on sculpture, installations and emerging artists.

Horta Museum

Rue Américaine 25
1060 Saint Gilles


Victor Horta completed the designs of his house, office and workshops in 1898. He designed every last detail to ensure that all the furniture and fittings blended perfectly with the building. His designs diverge from the traditional layout of houses in Brussels, as the rooms are laid out around a square stairwell which rises through the middle of the building, lit from above by a skylight. Horta lived here until 1919, when he moved out and sold the building. Today the building houses the Horta Museum and has undergone a restoration in stages. In 2016, the museum was extended into the house next door, designed by Jules Brunfaut.

Fin-de-Siècle Museum and OldMasters Museum

Rue de la Régence 3
1000 Bruxelles



The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, a prestgious collection of 20,000 works of art

The Museums’ collections trace the history of the visual arts – painting, sculpture and drawing – from the 15th to the 21st centuries. They preserve the works of the Flemish Primitives, of Pieter Bruegel, Peter Paul Rubens, Jacques Jordaens, Jacques Louis David, Auguste Rodin, James Ensor, Paul Gauguin, Ferdinand Khnopff, Henry Moore, Paul Delvaux, René Magritte, Marcel Broodthaers, Jan Fabre and many others.

This jewel among Belgium’s cultural institutions is comprised of several entities: the Musée Old Masters Museum, the Musée Modern Museum, the Musée Wiertz Museum and the Musée Meunier Museum, the Musée Magritte Museum and the new Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum.

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are pleased to share this unique heritage with an ever wider audience.

Fin-de-Siècle Museum:

Ensor, Khnopff, Spilliaert, Horta, Rodin, Gauguin, Mucha, Bonnard…more than 30 major artists are displayed at the Fin-de-Siècles museum!

Between 1868 and 1914, Brussels was one of the cultural hubs of Europe containing expositions, artistic movements and literary exhibitions. The Fin-de-Siècles museum allows its visitors to be pulled into the heart of this effervescent atmosphere, navigating between a range of artistic movements from Impressionism to Art Nouveau as well as different disciplines from fine arts to opera.


OldMasters Museum (Rubens Hall):

The OldMasters museum tells the history of art encompassing 400 years from the 15th to the 18th centuries. It is internationally renowned for its collection of Pierre Bruegel the Elder – the second largest collection in the world, and is complimented by an unprecedented virtual universe which also includes exceptional exhibitions of Rubens and Jordaens. The rare works of major artists such as Van der Weyden, Bouts, Memling and Bosch stand alongside those by Van Dyck and Teniers. Finally, the presence of great masters from the Flemish, Dutch, French and Italian schools make the collection of these works a journey in itself.

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