Van Buuren Museum and gardens
Construction work on David and Alice van Buuren’s house only began in 1928, some years after landscape architect Jules Buyssens started landscaping the garden in 1924. The owners closely supervised the plans for their new home, which were entrusted to Brussels architects Léon Govaerts and Alex van Vaerenberghe, Both the Dutch-inspired exterior and the interior with its international influences masterfully showcase not only the Art Deco style but also the unfailing taste of David van Buuren, an avid patron of the arts and collector. Between the 1920s and 1970, many illustrious figures visited this residence, with its 150 paintings by leading masters (including Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Vincent Van Gogh) and some 30 sculptures. Leading politicians Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin and David Ben-Gurion were regular guests here, as were painters Raoul Dufy and Gustave Van de Woestyne, artist René Magritte, glass designer René Lalique, fashion designer Christian Dior and arts patron Sergei Diaghilev, to name just a few. It is also here that Queen Elisabeth of Belgium had the idea of setting up her prestigious musical competition (concerts by winners were held in her presence here) and that poet Jacques Prévert wrote a musical score for Alice van Buuren. The couple decided to turn their home into a museum with a view to keeping the art collection in its original setting. Today, the complex, which remains intact, forms a single unit which reflects the harmonious integration of all the arts and attracts a growing number of visitors. (Listed 28/06/2001)
Guided tours: Sat. and Sun. at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00 (in French); 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Brussels Chatterguides.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 13:00
Avenue Léo Errera/Léo Erreralaan 41, Uccle/Ukkel
Guided tours and by reservation only