Cultural activities of the Friends
3rd quarter 2023
Garden party at the Cinquantenaire
Conference in the Pavilion of Human Passions
Tuesday August 29th
The pavillion of the Human Passions, also known as the Horta-Lambeaux pavilion, is a neo-classical building designed by architect Victor Horta in the Parc du Cinquantenaire. Although classical in appearance, the building shows the Art Nouveau beginnings of the young Victor Horta. It is intended for the permanent display of Jef Lambeaux’s marble relief “The Human Passions”.
« Excursion: Hasselt »
Thursday, September 21st
We’ll start our day with a visit to the Japanese Garden. This is one of Limburg’s biggest tourist attractions and attracts a large number of nature-loving tourists. Its main mission is to promote Japanese culture in Belgium and the surrounding area. In the afternoon, we’ll take a historical tour of the town, visiting the Cathedral, the Grand-Place and its Mosan style (counterpart to the Brabant style), the old town hall and the Notre Dame church. We’ll also discover the Juniper Man (counterpart to Manneke Pis), the district of the two towers and, finally, picturesque Hasselt with its inner courtyards and/or cul-de-sacs.
« Library of the Conservatory »
Thursday, September 28
The Library of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels is one of the largest collections of musical heritage in Belgium, both in terms of quality and quantity. Covering almost 5 km of shelving, it holds mainly handwritten and printed scores. Its oldest documents date back to the 15th century. A visit to the library reveals some of the treasures of this heritage, from autograph manuscripts by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann to exceptional documents by Constance Mozart, Maria Malibran, Gioacchino Rossini and renowned Belgian composers such as Joseph Jongen and Paul Gilson.
« Maison Hannon »
Thursday, October 12 and Sunday, October 22
The Maison Hannon is one of Brussels’ masterpieces of Art Nouveau, uniting Belgian and French Art Nouveau in a dreamlike, symbolist universe. Built on the corner of avenues Brugmann and de la Jonction in Saint-Gilles, it was commissioned by the Hannon couple whose name it bears, Marie and Edouard, from their architect friend Jules Brunfaut in 1902.
« Josef Hoffman : Under the spell of beauty »
Nocturne: Thursday, October 19 // Visits: Thursday, November 9 and Saturday, November 18
This retrospective, the first devoted to Hoffmann in Brussels, aims to offer a more in-depth analysis of the artist’s ideals and their evolution. The exhibition features a range of well-known works as well as several rare pieces from private collections. The story is peppered with biographical details and new analyses of previously neglected aspects, deepening our understanding of this central figure in modern design. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to discover an artist who saw beauty as essential to individual and social transformation.
« When estaminets tell the Brussels story »
Thursday, October 28 and Saturday, October 30
A stroll to discover old cafés, folkloric or unusual, sumptuous or popular: they tell the story of the city, the evolution of tastes and social habits, and their décor bears witness to major architectural trends and fashions… A refreshing stop will help you savour the atmosphere!
« Georgia, a history of encounters »
Thursday, November 23 and Saturday, November 25
Our Museum will host a heritage exhibition looking at the culture, history and art of Georgia since Neolithic times. At the crossroads between East and West, criss-crossed by trade routes linked to the Silk Roads, and the object of the ambitions of the great powers that have always surrounded it, Georgia has been a place of encounters and exchanges that have nourished its culture. The ritualized art of the table and refined cuisine will serve as the starting point for the exhibition. Metalwork – gold and bronze – will also play a crucial role in the tour. From the Bronze Age onwards, Georgian goldsmiths developed pieces of unprecedented delicacy and sumptuousness.
The museum under scrutiny
« Wine and food »
Thursday, December 7
The art of banqueting, the role and place of artisans, food wealth and poverty: what has been our culinary and oenological heritage since the end of Late Antiquity? Come and discover : Aquamanille, oil sardine scoop, grocery sign, drageoir and majolica, and other beautiful tableware… We’re finishing our series on the place of food and wine in the MRAH collections, and after looking at the periods of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, this quarter we’ll be taking a closer look at the period from the Renaissance through the Baroque to the Art Nouveau collections (and Wolfers store).