Forty houses to open this year: The Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco (BANAD) Festival

The new edition of the Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival will take place from March 16 to 31, 2019.

From guided tours of interiors usually closed to the public, conferences, events, activities for families, a fair for period objects, the Festival will once again be the unique opportunity to discover unpublished places that are part of the jewels of these two architectural styles.

Forty houses will open this year again to introduce the general public to these two architectural trends of which Brussels shelters some of the most emblematic places. In 2019, some of them will be accessible for the first time: this will be the case of the Maison Vizzavona in Ixelles, from Seeldrayers House in Saint-Gilles, from Maison Boelens to Forest, from Maison Delville to Uccle, House Boelpaepe in Sint-Agatha-Berchem, and Maison Saint-Cyr in the district of Squares.

Max Hallet Hotel – Escalier d’honneur © Normann

The public will be able to discover the lifts, true heritage of Ixelles. The route will find some of the most famous buildings of Horta, such as the Solvay Hotel, the Max Hallet Hotel, or the Hotel Tassel, but also other exceptional places like Maison Autrique, the office and the hotel van Eetvelde, the Maison Devalck, the Maison Taelemans, the former workshop and home of the sculptor Ernest Salu or the Church of St. John the Baptist, to name a few.

The first Festival weekend will introduce you to Art Nouveau and Art Deco at a conference March 16th or to participate in a debate on “How to resurrect the interiors of Villa Cavrois? “, during the Heritage Apéros, 19 March.

Horta Museum © Horta museum

During the weekend of March 23rd and 24th, a special “families” program will introduce the youngest with visits and workshops designed especially in collaboration with the CIVA, KANAL – Center Pompidou, Maison Autrique and BOZAR, and specific visits for the visually impaired and hearing impaired will be organized. A conference on the Gödöllö artists’ colony will be held at the cultural center while the German-speaking public will be able to attend guided tours for the first time in German for the duration of this second Festival weekend.

During the closing weekend, the usual fair of Art Nouveau and Art Deco objects that will take place on Sunday from 10h to 18h.

This concept is unique in Europe! Check out the full program on their website.