Workshop secrets: the world of Art Nouveau decor

This exhibition showcases over 80 sketches for fabrics and wallpaper (61 of which have never been displayed before!) produced by such eminent names as William Morris, Henry van de Velde, Josef Hoffmann and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The drawings will be put together to form a large mural – or, if you like, a ‘herbarium’ – of patterns and ornamental features. Every stage of the design process will be shown, from the first pencil stroke to the completed piece.

At the same time, 60 moulds and pieces of hardware will be exhibited in the workshop once used by Victor Horta’s designers. This space was carefully restored and fitted out to give visitors an authentic taste of life in the Art Nouveau master’s workshops. The items on display will provide an insight into how Horta worked and how he approached decoration.

Come and make the most of this unique opportunity to get a real flavour of the creative techniques used by artists and architects in the late 19th century!

In cooperation with the Horta Museum.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00 (French), 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 and 14:30 (Dutch)

Venue: Horta Museum extension, Rue Américaine/Amerikaansestraat 27, Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis
Advance booking required: call 02 543 04 90 or email Up to 12 people per group. NB: There is no charge for visiting the exhibition. However, visitors must still purchase a ticket for the Museum.
92 97 Janson
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93 94 Bailli - Baljuw
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