Maurice Carême Museum
Born and raised in Wavre, poet Maurice Carême moved to the Brussels suburbs in 1918, but retained a certain nostalgia for the countryside of his native Brabant. In 1933, having just completed his declamation studies, he commissioned architect Charles Van Elst to build a white-fronted cottage reminiscent of the beguinage houses familiar to him from his childhood. The house has remained unchanged since the writer’s death in 1978 and is full of objects associated with him. It is home to one of the largest poetry libraries anywhere in Belgium. The poet’s archives, manuscripts and possessions are also on display. A museum was established on the site in 1978, and the Maurice Carême Foundation has been based in the house since 1975. Visitors can also view works by Carême’s painter and sculptor friends, who often came to visit him here, making the house buzz with the to-ing and fro-ing of ideas. Among the artists whose work can be appreciated in this intimate and inspiring setting are Paul Delvaux, Felix De Boeck, Henri-Victor Wolvens, Luc De Decker, Léon Navez, Edgard Tytgat, Devi Tuszynski, Rodolphe Strebelle, Marcel Delmotte, Roger Somville and Jules Lismonde.
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 14:30 and 16:00 (in French).
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Avenue Nellie Melba/Nellie Melbalaan 14, Anderlecht
Guided tours and by reservation only