Bibliotheca Wittockiana (fully booked)
Bibliotheca Wittockiana – built between 1981 and 1983 – was designed by architect Emmanuel de Callataÿ, who was commissioned by Michel Wittock to create a modern-day shrine to books. Somewhat uniquely, the resulting building, which won the Belgian Architecture Award in 1988, is partly sunk below ground level. Ivy now entwines its ribbed cast-concrete shell, enabling it to blend in seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Many artists were involved in the library’s creation: Émile Veranneman designed the furniture in the section for rare and antique books, its red lacquer reminiscent of the sumptuous morocco leather used in book bindings, while Jacqueline Guillermain and Denmark (the artistic name of Marc Robbroeckx) created a number of book-related contemporary artworks for the building. In 1996, another storey was added to the complex: a light metal-and-glass structure devised by architect Charly Wittock, the youngest son of the library’s founder. The library’s splendid collection numbers several thousand items, including a French Renaissance binding by Jean Picard, binding designs by Belgian artists like Henry Van de Velde, Berthe Van Regemonter and Jo Delahaut, and a set of collages by André Lanskoy, a true master of colour in the vein of Matisse. The collection and the remarkable building housing it are now owned by the King Baudouin Foundation, ensuring their long-term preservation.
Guided tours Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:30, 13:30 and 15:00 (French), 10:30, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:30 (Dutch). In cooperation with E-Guides.
Exhibition: Camille van Breedam.
‘Reading group’ looking at the NCS colour index and atlas, led by Felix A. D’Haeseleer, an expert in colour perception, on Sat. from 15:30 to 17:30 (Bookings: email@example.com).
Meeting “Marc Danval tells Vian”, Sun. at 15:00. An initiative proposed by W:HALLL (Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Rue du Bemel/Bemelstraat 23, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe
Advance booking required