Brussels is rich in Art-Nouveau and Art-Deco jewels and it is really exciting to walk around and discover always new architectural details. It is however more difficult to visit the interiors of these buildings since most of them are open to the public in special occasions only. Musée Van Buuren is a private house that has been turned into a museum, it is therefore open all year round, just like the Musée Horta, a masterpiece of Art-Nouveau. So, if you wish to learn more about both styles in Brussels, visiting these two museums is an excellent choice.
The external architecture of Musée Van Buuren, which was built in 1928 for a banker and arts patron, is not typically Art-Deco, but once you walk across the threshold, everything reminds you of Art-Deco! Furniture, luminaires, tapestry, staircase…it is a true example of “total art”. Apparently, nothing’s changed since the owners left, which gives the place a real feeling of intimacy.
I love the wonderful stained-glass windows and luminaires with geometric motifs as well as the coloured rugs throughout the house. There are also paintings of great value and just out of curiosity, in the music room stands the piano of French composer Eric Satie which I had once the chance to listen to during a concert organised by the museum.
What makes the visit of Musée Van Buuren even more pleasant is its gorgeous gardens which are considered masterpieces of landscaping. This a quiet place to relax after a journey in Art-Deco!