On the traces of eclectic architecture in Brussels!
Taking its inspiration from many different historical styles at the same time as upholding artistic creativity, the eclectic movement (1830-1914) was based on a vision of the city and architecture that brought together art, history and innovation. This heritage-blending movement fully took into account the diversity of its (re)sources, and ran parallel with a precise understanding of older architectural heritage and a desire to create unique and even iconic designs. It began against a background of unprecedented urban growth at a key moment for the capital city of the newly independent Belgium. The eclectic movement created a new urban look, developed around buildings that wanted to set themselves apart from each other, while at the same time all being involved in the expansion of the city.
This subtle combination of history and artistic freedom deserves to be put back into the spotlight to better appreciate the physiognomy of Brussels and also to inspire and enrich contemporary architecture and restoration!
Similar to the Brussels Neo-Classical Biennale (BBN), the Brussels Biennale of Eclectic Architecture (BBEA) will offer an unusual programme over two weekends in October 2023!
At the heart of the BBEA will be guided tours of the interiors of buildings not normally open to the public, offering unique opportunities to explore some of the most architecturally important heritage buildings in Brussels. These guided tours will be complemented by a variety of activities: outdoor guided tours, seminars, and activities for families with children, school groups and people with reduced mobility.
The BBEA will promote a flexible definition of Eclecticism, so as to include a wide diversity of architectural designs.
Brussels Biennale of Eclectic Architecture (BBEA)
Location: avenue Brugmann, 405, 1180 Uccle