Schaerbeek Town Hall

Place Colignon/Colignonplein, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek
September 14th, 2019 - September 15th, 2019
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Like several municipal councils in the Brussels region, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek has, over the years, acquired a collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and photographs (some 1,700!) most of which are the works of artists who settled in the municipality from the late 19th century. The most beautiful examples now adorn the offices of the mayor and town councillors as well as the publicly-accessible spaces of the Flemish Neo-Renaissance style town hall designed by the architect J.-J. Van Ysendyck in 1887.

In 1892, the municipal council decided to create a museum located in the town hall and made provision for a budget to develop the premises. The council’s intention was to bring beauty within reach of the people and, to achieve this, it proposed acquiring the works of artists residing in the locality. A Commission of Fine Arts was created. Later, the Cercle Royal Artistique de Schaerbeek, founded in 1919, would contribute to developing the collection which contains works by Maurice Langaskens, Léon Frederic, Privat-Livemont, Godefroid Devreese, Eugène Verboeckhoven and Jef Lambeaux. However, the municipal museum could not exhibit everything in the collection, which is why some items were displayed in corridors and offices or in the Maison des Arts/Kunsthuis (see Maison des Arts/Kunsthuis). This municipal museum was closed in 1921. While the municipality no longer purchases works, its exceptional collection continues to grow through donations. In 2018, it was proposed to display a new series of works from the council’s collection on the walls of the town hall, centred on a number of major themes: Schaerbeek in times past. Portraits of artists or still lifes.

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