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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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  • Particularly suitable for lovers of architecture that will appreciate the restoration. All other visitors do not expect wonders, we are far from the Maison Horta furniture and almost no longer remained original furnishings (well prepare to visit a vacant House ...) In addition to the restoration, the villa is appreciated as a "container" for temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists from various parts of the world. Is set in a beautiful setting within walking distance of the University and the Bois de la Cambre. You visit in about an hour. Free brochures are available also in Italian and is accessible to people with reduced mobility (lift) but it is preferable to contact before 02/627.52.30 Foundation or info@boghossianfoundation.be) to request access from the rear entrance (elevation entrance there are a few steps). Free admission the first Wednesday of every month
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  • An exceptional restored by the Beaugaussian Foundation who should be congratulated. An outstanding work. The art exhibit brings a big plus to this place giving it a new life!
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  • The villa is very beautiful although very cold since, furnished no, beautiful building art deco 1930-34 but current expo which ends also very stripped down, all for 10 euros, we n will return more
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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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