Visits  / Lecture / workshops

Woluwe-Saint-Pierre / Sint-Pieters-Woluwe Town Hall and W:Halll

A. de Ville de Goyet ©

Architects Guillaume Vermeiren and Joseph-Paul Nicaise co-designed the new Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe Town Hall, erected between 1961 and 1965. Clearly inspired by the Flemish neo-Renaissance style, the building is dominated by an impressive bell tower that is visible from all the main thoroughfares in the area. In 2000, the former ballroom (known as Bal 300) was completely refurbished to accommodate theatrical performances, receptions and exhibitions.

It opened with an exhibition dedicated to painter Émile Fabry (1865-1966), after whom the new room was subsequently named. This Belgian symbolist artist had his studio in Rue du Collège Saint-Michel/Sint-Michielskollegestraat in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe.

To mark his 100th birthday, the municipal council purchased four of his monumental compositions. One of these, entitled L'Effort (The Effort) or L'Expansion coloniale (Colonial Expansion), restored in 2001, was among the works intended for the Liège International Exhibition in 1905 – part of a trend of promoting the colonial exhibitions which were regularly staged in the early 20th century to glorify the Western powers. It is also representative of the tradition of grands décors(large-scale decorative painting).

Another artist in the municipality's collection is Albert Ciamberlani, whom it will be honouring with an architectural tour during the Heritage Days.
Guided tours in cooperation with Arkadia (advance booking required).

  1. A talk entitled Albert Ciamberlani and grands décors painting will explore the links between painting and architecture, and the context in which Ciamberlani's works were produced for major public commissions. Examples can be seen today in Brussels landmarks such as the Palace of Justice, the Cinquantenaire Arcade and the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren.
    In cooperation with Arkadia.
    Advance booking required. Capart Room – W:Halll, Sat. at 17:30.
  2. In a talk entitled Restoration in all its forms, art conservator and restorer Myriam Serck-Dewaide, former director of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), will explain what the work of the restorer really entails, the techniques used to study works of art and how restoration interacts with other branches of heritage and art history.
    In cooperation with the French-speaking Culture Department of the Municipality of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe.
    Advance booking required. Capart Room – W:Halll, Sun. at 14:30.
  3. Archi kids – Assembling Art Nouveau: a workshop where children (from 12 years old) get to discover the secrets of an Art Nouveau façade through a self-assembly model, allowing them to decipher the decorative elements that make up these façades.
    In cooperation with Arkadia.
    Advance booking required. Sat. in the VIP Auditorium – W:Halll from 10:00 to 12:00 and Sun. in the Passerelle Room from 16:00 to 18:00.

There will also be a screening of Anaïs Enshaian's documentary Restaurée, about her mother, art restorer Marie-Christine Enshaian, on Sunday at 16.30.
In cooperation with Centre du Film sur l'Art.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. 12:00 to 18:00

Avenue Charles Thielemans/Charles Thielemanslaan 93

Reservation only for guided tours, talks and workshop