Venues of the festival


Solvay Library – EDIFICIO

The former Institute of Sociology is a magnificent venue created by the vision of one man, Ernest Solvay. The idea was conceptualised by two renowned architects in Brussels, Constant Bosmans and Henri Vandeveld. They drew up the plans and carried out the construction work in 1902. Here, in this ancient Institute of Sociology, scientists from around the world came together sharing their thoughts and ideas.  A few years later, near the sociology institute, Ernest Solvay also created the Science Park. For 20 years it would be the heart of the famous Solvay Conferences where Einstein, Bohr and Nobel Prize scientists would meet every year.

Behind its simple classical facade, the Solvay Library hides a rich decor of precious wood, mosaics and stained glass windows, all covered by a large glass roof. The large reading room is a key element of the building reaching its full height supported by a steel structure. It is surrounded by other reading rooms with a corridor on the first floor and is illuminated by large windows.

In the 1980s the building was abandoned and fell into ruin. Thankfully after being recognised as a protected historical monument in 1986, it was saved and fully renovated by the Region and Citydev.brussels in 1994. 

Today, in this elegant library with its diverse and complex style, Edificio can host private and professional events of 50 to 250 guests. Specialised in the operation and preservation of historical heritage buildings, Edificio enables you to create unique events in prestigious venues.

Bibliothèque Solvay

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Address :
Rue Belliard 137, 1040 Etterbeek
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Max Hallet House

Built between 1902 and 1905 to the designs of Victor Horta for the lawyer Max Hallet, 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 harmoniously reflecting on each other through splendid stained-glass windows.

On the ground floor there is a study, a living room and a dining room. On the first floor the family lived in a lounge, a study and large bedroom. At the very top of the house in the open loggia you can find a discreet music room.

The huge staircase is the heart of the house consisting of two flights of white marble stairs. It baths in daylight from the veranda on the first landing and from a huge skylight above the second landing.

The veranda is one of the special features of this house. The apses form an iron dome consisting of coloured and neutral glass. The entire height of the staircase, including the adjacent walls and ceiling, is decorated with a large painted frieze of intertwined rose bushes. This space was reserved for Madame Hallet who was passionate about plants and flowers. The original furniture has not been preserved. 

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Hôtel Max Hallet

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Address :
Avenue Louise 346, 1050 Ixelles

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Thanks to Olga and Michel Gilbert who open the doors of the Max Hallet House for the occasion.

See U Brussels

See U is the transitional phase of the Usquare.brussels project that takes place on the site of the former Fritz Toussaint barracks in Ixelles. The gendarmerie headquarters, with its eclectic style and French neo-Renaissance inspiration, was built in 1909. It housed not only the troop quarters, a large mess hall and stables, but also classrooms, a library and an obstacle course for training riders. At the centre of the complex is an equestrian centre with a gabled roof. 

See U is the largest temporary occupation in Belgium based on a site of 45.000 m² completely dedicated to innovation, sustainability and education. A community of more than 100 project leaders drives the site on a daily basis. There are projects from the associative, economic, cultural  and educational world. Thanks to the wide variety of projects present on the site, See U takes on the appearance of a new ephemeral district, open to the neighbourhood including cultural events, a cinema, a weekly market, dance and yoga classes, a velodrome, a bike repair shop, a café-poussette stroller café and many other activities for the whole family.

See U Brussels

© Eric Danhier

Address :
Rue Fritz Toussaint 8, 1050 Ixelles

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See U Brussels
Inventory of architectural heritage

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.

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Maison Saint-Cyr

Address :
Square Ambiorix 11, 1000 Brussels

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Inventory of architectural heritage

Bibliotheca Wittockiana

The Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Museum of Book Arts and Bookbinding, houses numerous collections of valuable books. Its mission is to conserve, restore and enrich the collections and to present them to the public. It aims to act as a precursor in its role as curator of the avant-gardes of the book and as a sponsor of contemporary creations in this field.

The collections of the museum, containing about 2000 works, were assembled by Michel Wittock who donated them to the King Baudouin Foundation in 2010. Both the old and contemporary books are works of which only a few copies exist and contain at least one element making them unique: a letter from the author, an autograph from the artist who illustrated them, an unpublished engraving, a unique poem added by hand by the writer. Michel Wittock also often had contemporary bookbinding artists work on the books, thus making the book cover a work of art in itself.

The Bibliotheca Wittockiana wants to be open to the contemporary world and it is for this reason that it will host the Festival ARTONOV within its walls this year.

Address :
Rue du Bemel 23, 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

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Bibliotheca Wittockiana

Museum of the National Bank of Belgium

Before this building became the Museum of the National Bank of Belgium, it served as the headquarters of the banking institution Union du Crédit de Bruxelles. This monumental building established in 1872 by the Brussels architect Désiré De Keyser (to whom we owe the Great Synagogue of Brussels) is a unique example of 19th century banking interior. Unlike the facade, the interior has been exceptionally well preserved. A huge square atrium is crowned by a barrel vault made of glass and steel, heralding the development of Art nouveau. Further on, the former counter room is illuminated by an elegant oval glass roof. To reach the arcade arches on the first floor, an imposing staircase opens. The latter is adorned by equally impressive bronze candlesticks. The combination of these different styles gives the interior a very eclectic look. The sculptor Georges Houtstont designed the decorative elements, for which he was largely inspired by the Gothic style.

Musée de la Banque Nationale

© Patrick Van den Branden

Address :
Rue Montagne aux Herbes potagères 57, 1000 Brussels

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HECTOLITRE

HECTOLITRE is a venue under development dedicated to artists who wish to delve deeper into their projects, experiment with transdisciplinarity and connect their art form/research to the neighborhood. The artists living and working at HECTOLITRE join the interconnected community network made up of involved neighbors, socio-cultural activists and both local and international artists/curators.

The project’s objection is based on an open, curious and benevolent exchange. Innovation, perseverance and an entrepreneurial spirit are the guiding principles to create a joyful, lively and harmonious atmosphere. The methodology of co-creation, collective intelligence and the design and implementation of projects governs the organization of their lives. HECTOLITRE is also an unusual building in the heart of the Marolles neighborhood undergoing a radical change of identity. From a former swingers’ club to a storage space for antiques, the space is filled with peculiar Art Brut interventions, resembling a kind of “memory forest”.

HECTOLITRE

© Jonathan Ortegat

Address :
Rue de l’Hectolitre 3, 1000 Brussels

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COOP

COOP welcomes you in a beautifully renovated old factory along the banks of the Brussels Charleroi canal. Founded in 1903, the Moulart Mill reflects the industrial revolution and the unique places of the Brussels industrial districts at a world level. In recent years, the mill has undergone a thorough conversion towards an economic and cultural pole reflecting both work and knowledge. COOP contains a surprising discovery centre about the working-class neighbourhoods of Brussels which hosts many companies and associations.

COOP invites you to discover the canal district of Brussels. Here, the people, activities, buildings and the environment are developing at lighting speed. Ever since the industrial revolution, a true Brussels culture has emerged along the banks of the canal. Its own personality, a folk culture and an unexpected city has come to life. It took the wealth and knowledge of those who settled in the canal district for two centuries, many helping hands and the desire to move forward in order to build a stable future. Permanent exhibitions, workshops and collective projects invite you to follow in the footsteps of the canal dwellers!

In 2016 the renovation was completed under the management of Bogdan & Van Broeck Architectes. COOP won the HORTA 2017 architecture prize and was nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe prize in 2018.

COOP

© canal.brussels

Address :
Quai Demets 23, 1070 Anderlecht

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COOP
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