Hortamuseum

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  • Guided Tours
  • Open to the public

The 'Maison & Atelier Horta', former home of the leading exponent of Art Nouveau architecture, Victor Horta (1861-1947).

Victor Horta built this house and studio on 23-25 Rue Américaine in 1898-1901, when he was at the height of his powers, having previously designed the Art Nouveau Hôtel Tassel (1893) and Hôtel Solvay (1895-1900). Like these earlier buildings, the Hortamuseum is typical of Art Nouveau design in its open plan, use of interior iron and glass, diffusion of light and its curved lines inspired by the natural world, later dubbed 'biomorphic whiplash'.

Preserved as a museum in 1969, the studio re-opened following an extensive restoration programme in 2006. Visitors are now able to view Horta's full interior decoration, mosaics, stained glass and wall decorations, while an extensive archive includes material relating to Horta's life and work.

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  • La Maison Cauchie, Belgium - the advertising hoarding and Art Nouveau 'total artwork' designed by Paul Cauchie (1875-1952) and his wife Caroline Voet (1875-1969)
  • 2 Willow Road, United Kingdom - a Modernist home designed and inhabited by the architect Ernö Goldfinger (1902-1987)
  • Nolde Museum, Germany - Bauhaus-inspired architecture in the marshes, the former studio of Emil Nolde (1867-1956)

Address:

25, rue Américaine
Saint-Gilles
1060 Brussels
Belgium

Telephone:

02 543 04 90

Email:

info@hortamuseum.be

Website:
http://www.hortanima.be/
Opening times:

Tuesday - Sunday, 2pm - 5:30pm

Mornings are reserved for group visits.

Closed on Mondays, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, Ascension Day, 21 July, 15 August, 11 November, 25 December

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