Heritage Days

Brussels, 19 & 20 September 2020

Luth alors !

Lore Binon

© Matthias Schellens

In the duo Luth alors ! the magnificent voice of Brussels soprano Lore Binon mixes with the warm timbre of Floris De Rycker’s lutes and citterns. In this programme designed for the Maison Saint-Cyr, the two musicians will immerse you into an exploration of courtly love over the centuries. Nature is omnipresent in these works from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods, as well as in the Art Nouveau architecture of this house. The colours in the various rooms of the house – for example, the red lounge with its Chinese-inspired wood panelling or the dark green mezzanine floor – echo the dark valleys and the light of the skies shining in the brightest azure. During the afternoon tours, participants will meet the artists on their way for a short concert lasting a few minutes. The last visit at 17.45 will be followed by a concert of 20 minutes.

Practical information : FULL !

  • Guided tours only: Saturday and Sunday at 9h30, 10h30, 11h30 and 12h30 (French) – 10h, 11h in 12h (Dutch) 
  • Guided tours with a short concert of a few minutes: Saturday and Sunday at 14.00, 15.30 and 17.00 (French) – 14.45 and 16.15 pm (Dutch)
  • Guided tour followed by a 20 min. concert.: Saturday at 17.45 (French) – Sunday at 17.45 (Dutch)

Booking is compulsory for all guided tours by e-mail (artonov.coordination@gmail.com) or by phone (0483/60.79.42).

Maximum 8 persons per departure. Individual visits not possible.

Car Free Sunday on 20 September 2020. The whole Brussels Region will be closed for traffic from 9.30 till 19.00.

Floris De Rycker

Saint-Cyr House

The most extravagant and astonishing example of Brussels Art nouveau is without a doubt the Saint-Cyr House, with its breathtaking steelwork being the most eye-catching feature. Masterfully decorated thanks to the abundant and sumptuous use of glass and steel on the 4-metre wide facade, this house is truly a stunning sight.

The house was built between 1900 and 1903 and was the home of artist and decorator Georges Léonard de Saint-Cyr. It was designed by the Brussels architect Gustave Strauven, who was a student of the legendary Victor Horta, when he was only 21 years old. Behind the facade, the visitor will stroll from one style to another: Art nouveau, Flemish Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Empire and will marvel at the sight of the Chinese room. Unlike the typical Brussels’ house with three successive rooms, the Saint-Cyr house is composed of two parts connected by a skylight providing light down to the basement room.

Thanks to Cécile and Augustin Siaens who open the doors of the Saint-Cyr House for the occasion.

Pictures not allowed.

Address and access :
Square Ambiorix 11, 1000 Brussels

Metro 1-5 (Schuman/Maelbeek)
Bus 28-61 (Chasseurs Ardennais), 64 (Luther), 60-63-64 (Ambiorix),
21-63-79 (Gueux)

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.

Sylvie CujasAdditional activities 2020