Exploring an art collection
Any examination of the Municipality of Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis’s art collection must start with the Town Hall, a true architectural masterpiece that was inaugurated in 1904 and listed in 1998. Today, this remarkable art collection dating from the late 19th century boasts many fine items, including some splendid 16th- and 17th-century pieces – not to mention a range of contemporary works, a lot of them catalysed by the municipality’s Parcours d’Artistes/Artiestenparcours exhibition. The Town Hall’s (marouflaged) murals are the crown jewel of the collection. Given the collection’s focus on symbolism and monumental art, it should come as no surprise that the murals were produced by some of the leading lights of the Belgian monumental art scene, including Fernand Khnopff, Albert Ciamberlani, Alfred Cluysenaar, Émile Fabry, Omer Dierickx and Eugène Broerman.
Find out more about these works (some of which are visible to all, while others are tucked away in corridors or offices), learn about the statues adorning the Town Hall’s façade or delve into the cabinet of curiosities that is the Mayor’s office with a series of themed tours:
- The Town Hall’s murals (by Fernand Khnopff, Albert Ciamberlani, Alfred Cluysenaar, Émile Fabry and others) – Jacqueline Guisset, art historian and expert in monumental art: Sat. & Sun., 12:30 and 14:30.
- Some of the treasures in the Town Hall’s collection – Alain Jacobs, art historian and member of the non-profit artistic heritage organisation Association pour le Patrimoine artistique: Sat. & Sun., 11:30, 13:00 and 15:30.
- The statues on the Town Hall’s façade: a reflection of society – Pierre Dejemeppe: Sat. & Sun., 15:00 and 16:30.
- The Mayor’s office – Charles Picqué, Mayor of Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis: Sat. & Sun., 11:00 and 12:00.
In cooperation with the Municipality of Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis.
Venue: Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis Town Hall, Place Maurice Van Meenen/Maurice Van Meenenplein 39, Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis
Advance booking required: email firstname.lastname@example.org.