Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Brussels, Belgium - Art Nouveau & Art Deco


Brussels is - beside Riga, Latvia, Vienna, Austria, and Glasgow, Scotland - a city with a huge amount of Art Nouveau buildings and interiors.  If you are - like me - a fan of this end of 19th century’s architectural style, there are so many architectural gems and Art Nouveau artifacts to discover in Brussels.  Starting from the Fin-de-Siecle Museum, thousands of house facades, to open-house visits from Victor Horta, Couchie, to Art Deco Architect Josef Hoffmann buildings. 

Even the Musical Instruments Museum or the Belgian Comic Strip Center are presented in Art Nouveau properties.  And then there are self-guided walks in several parts of the city.  The tourist information at the city hall and on the Royal Place sell useful maps describing walking tours, details about the buildings, and lots of images - available in English, French, Netherlands, German, and Spanish.  Despite significant public demand, few art nouveau venues are open to the public year-round in Brussels. 

Art Nouveau was most widely used in interior design, graphic arts, furniture, glass art, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and metalwork.  What are Art Nouveau Characteristics?

  • Asymmetrical shapes
  • Extensive use of arches and curved forms.
  • Curved glass and curving, plant-like embellishments
  • Mosaics and stained glass
  • Japanese motifs

Art Nouveau

This artistic movement, characterizing the aesthetic research and renewal of architecture and decoration in the west at the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th century. The stylistic revolution represented by these works is characterized by their open plan, the diffusion of light, and the brilliant joining of the curved lines of decoration with the structure of the building - or later the rectangular lines of Art Deco.

TIP: Get an Art Nouveau Pass online and also get a map of Art Nouveau Walks

It offers you the possibility to do five Art Nouveau walks in Brussels on your own! You will find information on emblematic buildings, on known or less known architects, and on the various materials of Art Nouveau construction!




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