In 1893, architect Victor Horta put the finishing touches to Tassel House, the founding work of the Art Nouveau movement in Brussels. The impressive modernity of its façade and its sumptuous interiors - all in stained glass, mosaics and wrought iron - have marked the history of architecture. 130 years later, Brussels plans to take advantage of this anniversary to celebrate Art Nouveau in all its diversity and stake its claim as the capital of this international artistic movement.
Brussels, capital of Art Nouveau
An exceptional Art Nouveau programme
Throughout 2023, a multidisciplinary programme will highlight the richness of the capital's architectural heritage and the impact of Art Nouveau on many other artistic fields. The goal is to be anything but classical, to approach this artistic movement with a fresh eye and open up more contemporary perspectives. Expect many highlights and new discoveries, including large-scale exhibitions, openings of new Art Nouveau venues, exceptional guided tours and exciting lectures and debates!
Must-see Art Nouveau sites in Brussels
Did you know that there are almost a thousand Art Nouveau buildings in Brussels? Every street corner reveals splendid façades which often hide idyllic interiors... here are some of these emblematic locations!
All the Art Nouveau events in 2023 at a glance!
An economical way to discover Brussels' Art Nouveau
With the Art Nouveau Pass, all of Brussels’ Art Nouveau gems are gathered together in one place! Economical and easy to use, this architectural pass opens the doors to three Art Nouveau sites of your choice over a six-month period. To extend the experience, it also offers discounts on various guided tours in Brussels.
2 passes, 7 locations
The Art Nouveau Pass is available in two different packages. The first, priced at €19, gives access to three sites of your choice out of the following seven (The Belgian Comic Strip Center, the former Wolfers Frères Jewellery Shop located in the Art & History Museum, Autrique House, Cauchie House, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum).
A second pass, priced at €29, gives you access to two places of your choice from the list above as well as the exceptional Solvay House.
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The ART NOUVEAU PASS is an initiative of Brussels Museums and urban.brussels, in collaboration with visit.brussels
- Heritage classes focus on Art Nouveau for schools - School year 2023-2024
- School visits and awareness for users of school number 1 in Schaerbeek about the heritage of their school - 2023
- Augmented reality tours of the Solvay House for people with reduced mobility - 2023
- Special tours and guided tours for the visually impaired - 2023
- Indoor and outdoor tours with a focus on heritage – Heritage Days
Unmissable events this spring
Do you dream of a lifewith no straight lines? Exceptional guided tours, discoveries of new places, interdisciplinary events based around Art Nouveau… let your curiosity guide you and discover Brussels' rich architectural heritage through the season's unmissable events!
Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco (BANAD) Festival
Who hasn't dreamed of discovering the interiors hidden behind the capital's majestic Art Nouveau and Art Deco façades? Every year, the Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival opens the doors to new locations. This is a real trip back in time, with three weekends of visits to rare places full of stories! As well as visits, the programme is packed with off-site activities, workshops for children and conferences that highlight Brussels' rich architectural heritage.
When? 11 to 26 March
Where? various places in Brussels
Guided tours of the Van Eetvelde Office and House
The Squares district is home to a gem: the van Eetvelde House! Built by Victor Horta in 1895 and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this extraordinary site is now open to the public. Both the façade and the interior of the house reflect the boldness and inventiveness of the architect. It’s impossible not to marvel at the majestic dome that tops the stairwell and the meticulous workmanship of the omnipresent iron. In 1899 and 1901, Horta successively designed two extensions that show the evolution of his style. Guided tours will be organised throughout the year to discover this pearl of Brussels Art Nouveau.
When? To be confirmed
Where? Van Eetvelde House and Office
The Maison Hannon reopen its doors
After a major restauration, this remarkable art nouveau mansion in Saint-Gilles will reopen as a new museum. Designed by the architect Jules Brunfaut, it has been returned to its former glory with the original furniture by Emile Gallé de l’école de Nancy and the same artwork that once hung on its elegant walls. Upstairs temporary exhibitions presents treasures of the period in a Belgo-French dialogue that echoes the building's varied influences.
When ? 1rst June
Where? Maison Hannon