Walking tour

Art Nouveau and ‘Congo style’


For the Brussels International Exhibition in 1897, a number of Art Nouveau architects were tasked with showcasing the riches of the Congo, in the very specific context of colonial propaganda. The colonial section was characterised by a unity of style and materials that closely associated the ‘Congo style’ with Art Nouveau. Hôtel van Eetvelde – designed by Victor Horta for the Secretary General of the Congo Free State – reminds us of this history, as do the handful of outstanding Art Nouveau buildings in the Squares district, whose curves, as well as some of the materials used in their construction, are inextricably linked to Belgium’s colonial past.

In cooperation with Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines (ARAU).

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:00 and 14:00 (FR) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes)

Starting point: at the corner of Square Marie-Louise/Maria-Louizasquare and Rue Ortélius/Ortéliusstraat, Etterbeek

Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.