Maison des Arts/Kunsthuis
From the street, there is nothing to suggest the surprise that awaits you beyond the driveway: an opulent bourgeois residence set in its own gardens. It was built in 1826 for a wealthy linen merchant named Charles-Louis Eenens, with two wings added a generation later. The building then passed to Viscount and Viscountess Terlinden, from whose heirs it was later purchased by the Municipality of Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek. It was subsequently converted into the Maison des Arts/Kunsthuis, now a centre for contemporary art. The interior has been painstakingly restored, with stratigraphic analyses used to identify the original colour schemes. For instance, the library, once green, is now black again. The suite of reception rooms illustrates the varying interpretations of the eclectic style, while in the dining room, a mantelpiece decorated with Delftware manganese tiles produced in Ghent makes a big impression on visitors. Since the 1950s, the Maison des Arts/Kunsthuis has hosted a diverse cultural programme of exhibitions, conferences/talks, film screenings, meetings and debates with the aim of making contemporary art accessible to all. Artists are regularly invited to take over the space and engage with its decor and history.
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. 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).
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Chaussée de Haecht/Haachtsesteenweg 147, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek
Guided tours by reservation only, exhibition in free access