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Villa Empain, Brussels

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The Villa Empain is a private house in the Art Deco style designed and built between 1930 and 1934 by Swiss architect Michel Polak for Baron Louis Empain, son of Belgian industrialist Baron Édouard Empain, located in Brussels, Belgium.HistoryLouis Empain did not follow his father's entrepreneurial footsteps and barely inhabited the villa after its completion in 1934. He donated the property to the Belgian state in 1937, with the intention of turning it into a museum of decorative and contemporary art. The foundation, known as the Le Cambre School hosted various exhibition in the villa until 1943. During the German occupation in World War II, the property was requisitioned by the German Army. It served afterwards as the Embassy of the Soviet Union. In the 1970s, the villa was rented by RTL television before being left unoccupied in the 1990s.In 2000, the villa was purchased by Belgian businessman Stéphan Jourdain, he then proceeded to modernise the building without gaining appropriate permission, removing many unique articles and so on 12 July 2001 the Brussels based conservation organisation, 'Monuments et Sites' sought to rescue the site from further destruction and locked the site down from further action. In 2001 the villa was added to the architectural heritage list of Brussels. The site then lay empty and suffered from vandalism and squatters. In 2008, the Fondation Boghossian acquired the building and initiated an extensive renovation program. Inaugurated in 2010, the villa is a cultural center which hosting art exhibitions, concerts and conferences.
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  • Saved from demolition by a foundation and a beautifully restored old villa of baron empain with its original pool is a splendid place of purity and quiet beauty. Exhibitions are regularly held by the Boghossian Foundation at the crossroads of the East and West little known l tourists but exceptional testimony of the very rich 1930s in Brussels
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  • Home of the Boghossian Foundation and a center for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West. But foremost a fantastic building, well ahead of the time in 1934 and a fantastic mix...  more »
  • The villa is definitely worth visiting if you are interested in architecture and or history of Brussels. The colored windows are amazing, both seen from the inside of the house and outside. 
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  • Beautiful house with nice art exhibitions!
  • Impressive. Beautiful testimony to the architectural rigors of the 1930s. Too bad that the furniture has disappeared. A book of course for lovers of Art Deco. Several more controversial modernist exhibitions...
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  • Villa Art Deco built in the 1930s and recently renovated in the rules of art. Must see if you're fan of this architectural style. Note: temporary exhibitions of contemporary art inside. Beautiful public park behind the villa: the wood of la Cambre Park
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  • Exceptional place, restoration work is impressive, and the poolside are super nice. Instead of calm away from the bustle of Brussels, I love and I strongly recommend!
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  • Architecture breathtaking, OWL expo. spend more to, stop by and visit!
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