In 1893, Tassel House was inaugurated in Brussels. This iconic building by Victor Horta was his first ‘Art Nouveau’ building.
As the Art Nouveau style grew in popularity, it was the wealthy citizens of Brussels that were at the forefront – demonstrating their socio-economic status by creating homes that were works of art.
Today, Brussels is full of buildings, furniture, objects and works of art linked to Art Nouveau.
Marking the 130th anniversary of the inauguration of Tassel House, the Brussels-Capital Region is dedicating 2023 to Art Nouveau – a year-long celebration and showcase of this incredibly stylish era.
Art Nouveau highlights in Brussels
The Belgian Comic Strip Center
This museum is located in the old Waucquez stores – a masterpiece of Art Nouveau designed by Victor Horta.
Horta was a Belgian architect and one of the key figures in the emergence of the Art Nouveau style.
Unlike many Art Nouveau architectural works, this building wasn’t created as a private residence – built in 1906, it housed the shops of the textile wholesaler, Charles Waucquez.
The Wolfers Frères jewellery store
Located in the shadow of the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule cathedral, this store was created in an exclusive street that – at the time – was reserved for luxury boutiques. Designed in 1909, this was a collaboration between Victor Horta and the master builder Philippe Wolfers.
While the original building still stands, the interior has been recreated at the Art & History Museum – the exhibition also includes items from the family’s jewellery collection.
The Autrique House:
Built in 1893, the Autrique House is a landmark in the career of Victor Horta and in the emergence of the Art Nouveau style.
Following a meticulous restoration, the Autrique House showcases why the Art Nouveau residences of Brussels are celebrated the world over.
La Maison Cauchie
Paul Cauchie – a renowned architect and designer – created La Maison Cauchie as a home for himself and his wife, Lina.
The house was built in 1905. It was effectively a showroom advertisement for the style and sophistication that the Cauchie’s could create for their clients.
The Musical Instruments Museum
In 1899, architect Paul Saintenoy created the Old England building. It’s now the home of the Musical Instruments Museum.
This building is renowned as one of the finest examples of the Art Nouveau style in Brussels. In addition to admiring the building, you get access to a breathtaking view across Brussels from the rooftop.
The Horta Museum
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victor Horta’s personal house and workshop is something of a place of pilgrimage for Art Nouveau enthusiasts.
Horta lived in the house from 1901 until 1919.
The interior is remarkable – from the mosaics of the floor to the door handles, every detail is exquisite.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this architectural gem has long remained hidden but is now accessible to us all.
Located on the prestigious Avenue Louise, the Hôtel Solvay is one of the finest creations by Victor Horta.
It was built in 1903 for Armand Solvay – an industrialist who had become one of the richest men in Europe. The budget appears to have been unlimited – Horta was instructed to create a private hotel that reflected Solvay’s wealth and status.
What is the Art Nouveau Pass?
Discovering the hidden world of the Art Nouveau interiors of Brussels is made a lot easier with the Art Nouveau Pass.
Valid for a period of six months, the Art Nouveau Pass gives you access to three architectural gems – and you get to choose which ones.
Is the Art Nouveau Pass value for money?
As well as giving you access to the Art Nouveau gems of the city, the Pass also entitles you to the following discounts.
- 30% discount on an Art Nouveau guided tour of your choice – presented by by ARAU, Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines.
- €3 discount on an Art Nouveau guided tour of your choice – presented by Bruxelles Bavard.
- 10% discount in the Maison Autrique store.
How does the Art Nouveau Pass work?
Your pass is valid for six months. From the time that you purchase your pass, you have six months to visit your selected places.
You will still need to book your date and time of visit to ensure that you will be able to access at a time that’s convenient for you.
Your pass can be stored digitally on your phone, or you can opt for a printed version.