The Van Buuren Museum is a wonderful time capsule of artistic living during the Between the Wars period. The Van Buurens, a wealthy Dutch couple that settled in Brussels, assembled an exceptional art collection including a Bruegel. The house was built around the collection that spans centuries but has an emphasis on the best of the early 20th-century Belgian painters who were active at the time the Van Buurens were creating their house and collection. The house is maintained exactly as it was when they lived in it and it’s an easily seductive environment; I would love to live there and from what the museum staff tells me, a lot of people have that reaction; they want to move in. The garden is fabulous also.
The Ixelles Museum has a splendid collection of Belgian art of the same periods but since its renovation won’t be complete until 2023 its collection is not accessible. To mitigate this, the Ixelles Museum has created an “Outside the Walls” programme in which they are lending out portions of their collection to other institutions. One of the highlights of the Van Buuren’s collection is The Children’s Table, a masterpiece by Gustave van De Woestyne. The Van Buurens had no children so the two museums are using the van De Woestyne painting and the childless history of the couple as a starting point to assemble a group of paintings from Ixelles with the subject matter being childhood, to be exposed at the Van Buuren from February to April. The show is entitled La Ribambelle, a French word which has as one of its meanings a bevy of children. Among the pieces to be lent are works by Léon Devos, Auguste Rodin, Kees Van Dongen, and current artist Jan Fabre.
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