La Patinoire Royale – Galerie Valérie Bach
Built in 1877 on the edge of Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis, La Patinoire Royale (Royal Skating Rink) consists of two wings. The first, which originally housed the rink itself, has a neoclassical façade overlooking Rue Veydt/Veydtstraat. The smaller, second wing was built later and faces Rue Faider/Faiderstraat. The huge interior space sits beneath a remarkable timber and metal Polonceau truss, named after the French engineer who patented this kind of frame in 1838. The complex was acquired in 2007 by Philippe Austruy and Valérie Bach. It was restored from 2011 onwards and since spring 2015 has been a gallery hosting temporary exhibitions exploring the major stages of artistic creation in Europe during the second half of the 20th century, in the field of visual arts and design. A place that once brought together enthusiastic skaters is now pulling in art lovers, keen to enjoy this beautiful space and the artists who exhibit in it. (Safeguarding list since 09/03/1995)
Guided tours: Sat. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French); 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Arkadia and Korei Guided Tours.
Exhibition of works by Franco-British artist Alice Anderson, who reworks surfaces and shapes by ‘recording’ them with copper wire or textile thread.
Sat. only, 10:00 to 18:00
Rue Veydt/Veydtstraat 15, Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis
Guided tours and by reservation only