Adolphe Sax honoured at the MIM

31st of July 2014

The Robert Pernet Fund, acquired by the King Baudouin Foundation in 2002, is a reference for the history of jazz in Belgium. It contains rare documents that illustrate the introduction and the spread of this type of music in Belgium.

Born in 1814, Antoine-Joseph Sax, known as Adolphe Sax, is the father of one of the most popular instruments in the world, the saxophone. Sax, who was a musician, artisanal and industrialist, also created a new family of brass instruments, called ‘saxhorns’.

To mark the 200 years since his birth, the Musical Instruments Museum is highlighting some 200 instruments bearing Sax’s signature. Among the masterpieces on show is the oldest saxophone to have been conserved, dating from 1846.

A series of contemporary documents and multimedia archives complete the exhibition trail, which is divided into four themes: Sax the inventor, Sax the entrepreneur, Sax the man and Sax after Sax.

Practical information:
Musical Instruments Museum – MIM
Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Brussels
From Saturday 8 February 2014 to Sunday 11 January 2015
Monday to Friday, 9h30 to 17h; Saturday and Sunday, 10h to 17h
Closed on Monday
Entrance: €12