Villa Empain

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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.

History

Louis Empain did not follow his father's entrepreneurial footsteps and barely inhabited the villa after its completion in 1934.<ref name=ve1/> 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.<ref name=ve1/> 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.<ref name=ve1>Template:Cite web</ref>

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.<ref name=ve1/> 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.

Exhibitions

2010

  • Colors of the Orient, Arts and lifestyles in the Ottoman Empire

2011

  • Of women’s modesty and anger
  • A dream of eternity. The long road of Oriental arts

2012

  • Art is the answer! Contemporary Lebanese artists and designers
  • Edouard and Cleopatra. Egyptomania’s from the XIXth century

2013

References

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Further reading

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