Ryslavy house and garden (fully booked)
Sitting on the corner of Rue Van Hoegaerde/Van Hoegaerdestraat and the square of the same name, this grand house with its large adjoining garden was once home to the former director of the De Boeck breweries. Built at the end of the 19th century, it retains some very attractive interior spaces as well as a marble mosaic floor. In 1990, it was put up for sale and acquired by Austrian artist and collector Kurt Ryslavy, who is also an importer of wines. His wine import business has gradually become an integral part of Ryslavy’s work: he paints his invoices, for example, and entertains in rooms decked out with his contemporary art collection. Nowadays, the house magnificently reflects the world of its owner, who not only lives there but also has a studio and a tasting room holding his collection of wine glasses. This artist’s residence has become a kind of performance space and private museum, where Jugendstil rubs shoulders with 1970s Italian design, with touches of artistic subversion à la Marcel Duchamps. Ryslavy’s ambition is to elevate his business activity to the status of an artwork, in what might be termed an extreme take on conceptual art. A sculpture by Fran Van Coppenolle adorns the entrance hall. For the Heritage Days, the young artist will choose another two works that she will position somewhere in the house or garden, as the inspiration takes her.
Guided tours: Sun. at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 (in French); 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Klare Lijn.
Sun. only, 11:00 to 17:00
Place Van Hoegaerde/Van Hoegaerdeplein 22, Koekelberg
Guided tours and by reservation only