Ornament, as seen by Victor Horta
The Horta Museum is opening its renovated drawing workshop and exhibiting beautiful drawings for fabrics and wallpapers. Alongside this and until 27 September is an exhibition on the theme of ornament.
In 1898, having become prosperous thanks to several large commissions, Victor Horta, the father of Art Nouveau, bought two plots of land on Rue Américaine (current numbers 23 and 25) in Saint-Gilles for the construction of his personal house and a workshop. To remedy a damaging urbanity, the master designed the house as a refuge reflecting his sponsors. It is a living space that contains precious works and rare objects, where decoration, furniture and the design of the spaces are just as important as the building itself.
The wallpaper, of course, relates to this objective. The current exhibition reveals the sumptuousness of this wall decoration, with more than 80 drawings, 61 of which come from all over Europe. Visitors can admire works by William Morris, Henry Van de Velde, Josef Hoffmann and Charles Mackintosh, the precursor of the Modern Style.
For practical information, please visit: http://www.hortamuseum.be/en/Welcome