Heritage Days

Brussels, 14 & 15 September 2019

Îlot-Seuil
Performances in the Museum van Buuren

Inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s ‘The Fall of Icarus’ found in the Museum van Buuren, Élise Péroi and thomas jean henri have designed a touching triptych based on Helios, the Fall and the labor of men. This multidisciplinary performance called Îlot-Seuil consists of music by thomas jean henri, textile installations by Élise Péroi as well as her work around movement. The project connects and weaves together elements from different disciplines: textile, sound, image and movement. The space becomes a visual construction where everything is in motion and references to various artistic expressions are made.

Practical information

Saturday and Sunday at 10.00 and 13.00 (duration: 25 minutes)

In-between the performance times, the installation in the museum is open to the public for viewing.

No reservations are required, however please keep in mind that there are limited spaces available (a maximum of 40 people is allowed for each performance). You are welcome 15 minutes before the performances.

A collaboration with asbl ARTONOV and the Museum van Buuren.

David and Alice van Buuren Museum

Avenue Léo Errera 41, 1180 Uccle
Tram 3 and 7 (Churchill)

Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 13.30
Free entrance to the museum from 10.00 to 13.00 and for the duration of the activities 

The construction of the house owned by the banker David van Buuren and his wife Alice did not actually begin until 1928, although the garden developed under the guidance of the architect Jules Buyssens had already existed since 1924. The clients who were patrons and connoisseurs of the arts, carefully supervised the design of their new home which was entrusted to the Brussels-based architects Léon Govaerts and Alex van Vaerenberghe. Both the interior and exterior are a masterful reflection of the Art Deco style as well as of the refined taste of David van Buuren, a great patron and passionate collector of the arts. Between the 1920s and 1960s many famous figures visited this residence which contains 150 paintings by the masters (including Brueghel, Guardi, Fantin-Latour, Foujita, Paul Signac and Max Ernst) and around thirty sculptures. Its’ decor was influenced by the 1925 Decorative Arts Exhibition in Paris. The couple decided to immortalise the building by turning it into a museum, therefore everything was organised around this intention.

After the death of her husband, Alice commissioned René Péchère to design the Jardin de Cœur, or “garden of hearts,” the very widely recognised maze. Still intact today, the house and its contents serve as a eulogy to the glory of good taste and Art Deco. It is truly an intimate museum full of little treasures.

Additional activities

ATELIER series develops collaboration with the non-profit organization Lecture-Aventure in several Brussels schools throughout the year. Reading stories, learning songs, mini-theatre and interactive sound workshops are offered. Extensive work is done focusing on the quality of listening so that it may be a remedy for problems of attention and expression, allowing fundamental bridges to be made between school and musical practise.

The non-profit organisation ARTONOV has been associated since 2017 with:

  • Explore.Brussels for the organisation of a “PRINTEMPS series” with the representation of the ARTONOV Festival 2016 (En mode concert at the Museum van Buuren) during the Brussels Art Nouveau and Art Déco Festival to develop its national network.
  • The Art Nouveau Network for European and international communication
  • Heritage Days for the organisation of artistic events in places open to the public during the weekends of these heritage days.

The long term goal is for the city of Brussels to be associated with other European cities among the Route of Art Nouveau in a constant movement of exchange and openness to one another.

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