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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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  • August 15, 2017
    The place is really beautiful, the works in the exhibition dedicated to Edouard Glissant are very relevant, but all lack a bit of explanation despite the tour guide that is dedicated only to biographies of the artists.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Building the support on the side of the Bois de la Cambre forest. Why carefully maintained in Europe for granted since the building of the early 20th century, old buildings, regardless of reason. In the mixed Eastern and Western architectural styles, unique atmosphere.
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  • July 24, 2017
    This is an extraordinary deco house with beautiful rooms, an amazing pool and a touch of David Lynch about it in a scary way. Well worth the admission, PS How anyone could ever give this a 'terrible' ...  more »
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  • March 14, 2017
    Fantastic building with interesting exhibits. Unlike any museum I've been to before, would thoroughly recommend a visit
  • March 14, 2017
    Great to see this historic building having been restored. Interesting art exhibitions.
  • December 18, 2016
    Wonderful art nouveau architecture mixed with eastern influences. One of a kind. Great gallery functioning inside the building, with challenging exhibitions.
  • March 26, 2017
    Another architectural gem stone of Brussels.
  • December 30, 2016
    Great Art Deco house and usually very good exhibitions!

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