Exhibition: ‘ART NOUVEAU. Unique objects with a tale to tell.’

5th of May 2023

On 7 June 2023 our exhibition will open at the BELvue museum. As part of 'Art Nouveau Brussels 2023', the King Baudouin Foundation is exhibiting Art Nouveau works from its collection. Behind each of these exceptional objects is a special story. Discover them in this free exhibition.

As part of ‘Art Nouveau Brussels 2023’, the King Baudouin Foundation will be exhibiting a series of Art Nouveau masterpieces from its collection at the BELvue museum in Brussels, from 7 June 2023 to 7 January 2024. This year’s Art Nouveau celebrations are the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on this key period in Belgium’s art history.

Visitors will be able to marvel at both art nouveau masterpieces and a plethora of everyday objects, designed in the trademark Art Nouveau style. Behind each of the objects is a special story or interesting anecdote. Discover the exceptional objects and their history by visiting the free exhibition ‘ART NOUVEAU. Unique objects with a tale to tell.’

Thanks to the generosity of its patrons, the King Baudouin Foundation has been able to acquire key pieces from the Art Nouveau period in recent years, including work by Victor Horta, Philippe Wolfers, Henry van de Velde, George Morren and Gustave Serrurier-Bovy. The collection contains a wide variety of unique pieces – from art jewellery, furniture and sculptures to ceramics, drawings and book covers. Several were handed down to us by the heirs or apprentices of the artists.

While the pieces are usually exhibited in different museums around the country, they will now be showcased for the first time in one and the same exhibition at the BELvue museum. The Foundation’s exhibition is part of the ‘Art Nouveau Brussels 2023’ initiative, which various Brussels museums and institutions will be participating in.

Belgium’s capital city played an important role in the birth and popularisation of Art Nouveau. All through 2023, Brussels will celebrate and pay tribute to this distinctive Belgian style of art.

Prof. Dr. Werner Adriaenssens, Art Nouveau expert and the exhibition’s curator, takes us on a tour of forty iconic artworks and everyday objects that epitomise the art nouveau period. He introduces us to this exceptional art movement, which is all about creativity, craftsmanship, nature, the gracefully curlicuing play of lines, and Gesamtkunstwerk.

The stories of novelist and historian Marc Meganck take us back in time and give us a glimpse of the history of these special objects.

Practical information:

From 7 June 2023 to 7 January 2024
BELvue museum – Place des Palais 7 Paleizenplein – 1000 Brussels
Monday : only for groups with reservation
From Tuesday to Friday : 9 :30 – 17 :00
Saturday and Sunday : 11:00 – 19:00
In July and August: 11:00 – 19 :00
Free admission