One year ago today, a fire broke out on the roof of the Centre for Fine Arts. The fire spread quickly between the roof and the ceiling, making the intervention of the fire brigade particularly delicate. After several hours, the fire was under control and the neighbouring buildings and the interior of the palace were safe. Despite the swift and decisive action of the fire brigade, the next day considerable damage was caused to the large exhibition circuit along the Rue Royale and to the Henry Le Boeuf concert hall. The extinguishing water caused major damage in the entire southern part of the Centre. The organ was completely flooded.
The affected roofs are a clearly defined and important building project. In May 2021, the Council of Ministers authorised the Centre for Fine Arts to award the contract for the reconstruction of the roofs and the exhibition halls under the emergency procedure. The reconstruction of the organ will take a long time; it is a meticulous and crafty job.
In addition to the fire brigade and emergency services, Bozar would like to thank its staff, the public who expressed their support in many ways, the Public Buildings Administration, the architects and design offices (Barbara Van der Wee Architects, SUM Projects, VK Engineering, Ney & Partners), the insurance companies P&V and the experts from the Galtier-Valorem office, and the insurance broker Marsh. We would also like to warmly thank the patrons and donors who supported our institution through the #TogetherBOZAR fundraising campaign.