Le grand Atelier

An extraordinary restoration of a painting in public at the city hall of Saint-Gilles!

In the frame of the Artist's path, an astonishing workshop is taking place at Saint-Gilles' town hall: in the Europe Room, one of the most beautiful ceremonial rooms, restorer Laure Mortiaux is restoring, in public, a little known painting by the artist Omer Dierickx, painted in 1884. A way of approaching the painstaking work of art conservation. Moreover, the Dierickx painting itself depicts a workshop scene, which takes us to the heart of the Brussels artistic creation of the late 1800s, of which Saint Gilles' town hall is one of the flagships. This exhibition makes us discover this intense Belle Époque, through the municipality's fabulous sculpture collections and through three great masters: Auguste Rodin, Julien Dillens and Jef Lambeaux.

Laure Mortiaux will tell interested visitors more about her work. There are guided tours of the town hall, in particular for people with visual and hearing disabilities, in cooperation with Bruxelles Bavard and Cap Patrimoine.

VERNISSAGE on Monday 9 May at 6 PM

  • The exhibition is open on the Saturdays and Sundays 7/8 May as well as 14/15 May, from 11 AM until 5.30 PM Europe Room, Saint-Gilles' Town Hall, place Van Meenen 39, 1060 Brussels.

Conversation with restorer Laure Mortiaux during both weekends at 11.30 AM, 12.30 PM, 2.30 PM, 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM.

Guided tours of the town hall by Bruxelles Bavard and Cap Patrimoine, 40':

  • Saturday 7 May: 2pm: FR - 3pm: NL - 4pm: FR
  • Sunday 8 May: 2pm: FR - 3pm: FR - 4pm: Visually impaired people
  • Saturday 14 May: 2pm: FR - 3pm: NL - 4pm: FR
  • Sunday 15 May: 2pm : FR - 3pm : FR - 4pm : Audibly impaired people

The exhibition and the guided tours are free of charge. No reservation needed, subject to availability.

The exhibition is organised on the initiative of Charles Picqué, mayor, with the cooperation of the municipality services, the Rencontres Saint-Gilloises and URBAN Brussels. Le Grand Atelier/Het grote atelier (The big workshop) is an exhibition designed and implemented by Isabelle Douillet-de Pange and Pierre Dejemeppe.

© KIK-IRPA, Bruxelles - Le titre Jules Lagae et Jef Lambeaux
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