Art and colour on the VUB campus (fully booked)
The elliptical Rectorate Building designed by architect Renaat Braem is both the primary landmark and the nerve centre of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) campus. Seeking a synthesis of artistic forms in his work, Braem decorated the building with numerous boldly-hued murals and echoed its elliptical shape in many of its details and in the sweeping canopy over the entrance, which Braem intended to symbolise a vision of the world based on the principle of free inquiry. Over the 50 years of the campus’s existence, the paths criss-crossing it have come to be decorated with a host of monumental artworks. One of the oldest depicts a student educated according to the principles of the VUB: Denker in alle staten, by post-modern artist Willy Van Den Dorpe. An original take on Auguste Rodin’s famous statue The Thinker, Van Den Dorpe’s student has a weather vane on his head, showing his openness to new ideas, no matter where they come from. Works by contemporary artists like Johan Tahon and Philip Aquirre can be seen on the campus too, making this tour a real ‘must’ for art lovers.
In Dutch only.
In cooperation with Korei Guided Tours.
Sat. at 10:30 and 14:00 (duration: 2 hours).
Starting point: VUB Rectorate Building, Boulevard de la Plaine/Pleinlaan 2, Ixelles/Elsene
Advance booking required at www.korei.be. Up to 20 people per tour.