Together with Henry Van de Velde, the Belgian architect Victor Horta is the most important representative of art nouveau in Belgium. In his pre-war work he gave form to modernity at the turn of the century.
The spatial virtuosity of Horta’s work is even more explicit in his long maligned creations that date from after the First World War.
This exhibition introduces you to Horta’s vision of the city. Central to this vision is the Palace for Fine Arts in Brussels, the crowning glory of his post-war work. Archive material, letters, models and videos never before shown illustrate the eventful history of design and guide you through the various transformations of the building through the 90 years of its existence. Architectural photographer Filip Dujardin presents an iconic image of the Centre for Fine Arts.
This exhibition was realised in collaboration with the Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta of the Université libre de Bruxelles, the design studio ‘Histoire Théorie Critique – Outils de conception’ and the research group ‘hortence’.