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  Musée Charlier - Bruxelles
by Norali

So far, my fave !

I think that if you have a few time in Brussels with MIM, Musee des Instruments de Musique, it is a great deal as far as museums are concerned. For an extra reason : even Brussels people don't know it that much.

I discovered it by chance in 1997, while wandering in Brussels office district. In fact, this used to be an old art district but offices took over art.

The first exhibition I assisted there was "Emile Verhaeren, un mus?e imaginaire". Focus on Emile Verhaeren, Belgian poet, as a link between Belgian and French artists in 1848- 1914 era. Manet, Seurat, Monet, Toulouse- Lautrec paintings adjoined with Rodin woodcarving pieces, Ensor and Meunier drawings. Visitors could even have a glance at epistolary contents that tied those artistes and "passeurs" (a kind of art smugglers) ...

The whole was displayed in a jewel case that is this building that used to be Henri Van Cutsem town house. He had it restaured by Victor Horta so as to settle his private collection (refurbished in 2003). I appreciated the sensible choice as for the place: a feeling of intimacy that bigger exhibition rooms do not deliver. The exhibition led me in the past, when those now famous artists struggled for the then recognition of their art.

Nowadays, Mus?e Charlier' s permanent collection gathers paintings, tapestry, sculpture, furniture and plate items.

Most of artists whose works, of high quality, are exhibited in Mus?e Charlier are Belgian. Painters, for instance, are those of late XIX -early XX centuries. As for pieces of furniture, they just give to the house a cosy atmosphere with their varied style: China, Renaissance, Empire... The history of the collection' s building up is quite interesting to read. First, take a glance at its website (only French and Dutch) and read about history. Then come to Brussels to see it.

Avenue des Arts- Kunstlaan 16 - 1210
Metro M stations: Arts-Loi or Madou
See map at: http://www.musee-charlier-museum.be/fr/contact.phpBrussels

Phone: 02/ 220.28.19
Website: http://www.musee-charlier-museum.be

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  • Updated May 21, 2004
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