The Villa Empain is the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of Art Deco in Brussels. This private mansion of 2500 square meters was built in 1930 by Baron Louis Empain (aged 21 years) on the prestigious avenue of the Nation which was later on renamed as Franklin Roosevelt Avenue. Louis Empain, son of Belgian industrialist Baron Édouard Empain barely inhabited the villa. Great Art lover, he donated the property to the Belgian State in 1937, with the intention of creating a museum of decorative and contemporary art. During the second World War, the property was requisitioned by the German Army. It served afterwards as the Embassy of the USSR. In the 1970s the villa was rented by RTL television before being abandoned in the 1990s.
The Fondation Boghossian acquired the building and initiated an extensive renovation program in 2008. Inaugurated in 2010, it is a cultural centre, hosting art exhibitions, concerts and conferences.
More info at http://www.villaempain.com/
Edouard and Cleopatra, Egyptomania’s from the XIXth century, from September 20th 2012 until February 10th 2013
The current temporary exhibition Edouard and Cleopatra is about the Egyptomania, a lasting fascination which started during Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign and has never ended. Source of influence and fascination, the image of Egypt has taken thousands of shapes in the West for more than two centuries, including architecture, ornamental arts, painting and sculpture, in literature and, more recently, in cinema and comics.