Heritage Days

Brussels, 18 & 19 September 2021


The Bibliotheca Wittockiana, as a museum and library organising various educational and cultural activities, is a place of encounters: between books and readers, literature and the plastic arts, crafts and science, and so on.

Incontro forms part of this process of meeting and sharing. We listen not only with our ears and brain but with our whole body. And it is our body that links us all together: composers, performers, listeners, etc. The concert is a place where the body mediates, where musicians and the audience share the same experience. 

Incontro is a show in which dancer Mark Lorimer and instrumentalists Marieke Bouche, Wendy Ruymen and Thomas Luks allow us to feel and see this sharing process, in a poetic, playful and intuitive way. 

Stage direction: Damien Tresanini

Features trios by Schubert, Beethoven and Jadin. 


Practical information:

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 at 14:45, 15:45 and 16:45 (duration: 20 minutes). 

Booking not required but numbers are limited. Doors will open 15 minutes before the show. 

Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Rue du Bemel 23, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

T 39-44 (Jules César/Julius Cesar)
B 36 (Océan Atlantique/Atlantische Oceaan)

not accessible

Car-free Sunday on 19 September 2021. The entire Brussels Region will be closed to traffic from 9.30 am to 7 pm.


Bibliotheca Wittockiana – built between 1981 and 1983 – was designed by architect Emmanuel de Callataÿ, who was commissioned by Michel Wittock to create a modern-day shrine to books. Somewhat uniquely, the resulting building, which won the Belgian Architecture Award in 1988, is partly sunk below ground level. Ivy now entwines its ribbed cast-concrete shell, enabling it to blend in seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Many artists were involved in the library’s creation: Émile Veranneman designed the furniture in the section for rare and antique books, its red lacquer reminiscent of the sumptuous morocco leather used in book bindings, while Jacqueline Guillermain and Denmark (the artistic name of Marc Robbroeckx) created a number of book-related contemporary artworks for the building. In 1996, another storey was added to the complex: a light metal-and glass structure devised by architect Charly Wittock, the youngest son of the library’s founder. The library’s splendid collection numbers several thousand items, including a French Renaissance binding by Jean Picard and binding designs by Belgian artists like Henry Van de Velde, Berthe Van Regemonter and Jo Delahaut. Today, the building and its contents are owned by the King Baudouin Foundation, which ensures their long-term preservation. The institution organises exhibitions and meetings on the theme of books and also welcomes researchers or visitors wishing to learn about this heritage unmatched anywhere else in Belgium. The Bibliotheca Wittockiana is much more than a museum – it is a place for meeting, creation and exchange. 

Exhibition: “Geneviève Asse – A window on the book”. The exhibition will showcase the work of Geneviève Asse in the world of books. A leading contemporary abstract artist, Geneviève Asse (born in 1923) has collaborated throughout her artistic career with authors, publishers and bookbinders. These meetings and friendships have resulted in the creation of dialogue books.

Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:30, 13:30 and 15:00 (in French); 10:30, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with E-Guides. 

Heritage Days 2021


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Jens Van den NieuwenhuysenHeritage Days 2021