Exhibition about sculptor-ornamentalist Georges Houtstont

He was a Frenchman, who came to Brussels in 1858 to help finalise the Congress Column. There, architect Henri Beyaert noticed him and entrusted him with the ornamentation work in and on the residence of the National Bank of Belgium’s governor.

Houtstont then settled in Brussels and opened his workshop there. In spite of his prolific career, he would stay in the shadow of our great architects, like most of his colleagues.

Come and discover his life's work in an exhibition curated by Dr. Linda Van Santvoort, author of a monograph on Houtstont, and in a contemporary scenography by architect Johannes Berry.


  • Free guided tours for groups and individual visitors
  • Lecture tours by the exhibition curator on 21 July and 15 August

Mandatory reservation

Information and registration: 02 221 22 06 or nbbmuseum

  • "The Mysterious Mr. Houtstont", free discovery trail, available at the reception desk of the museum or on classesdupatrimoine

  • EPITAAF ASBL Laeken: Exhibition and walking tours Information: > ACTUA

Want to learn more? Issue number 35 of the Brussels Heritage series is entirely dedicated to Georges Houtstont, his life and his work. Available at the reception desk of the Halles Saint-Géry, Place Saint-Géry 1, Brussels, for 15 euros.

A team of stone carvers is posing in the dome of the Justice Palace. Is it possible that the team leader, far right on the photograph, is Houtstont? © CIDEP – Information, Documentation and Heritage Study Centre
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