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Hannon House to reopen as a museum in 2022

06:44 30/03/2021

The Hôtel Hannon in Saint-Gilles will be reborn as a museum at the end of February 2022, after its restoration is complete. The building, a classic example of Art Nouveau architecture, will reopen as the Hannon Museum.

Commissioned by the engineer Edouard Hannon and built in 1902 by the architect Jules Brunfaut, the Hannon House, located at the intersection of Avenue Brugmann and Avenue de la Junction, was designed with a subtle blend of Art Nouveau with Belgian and French influences.

Owned by the municipality of Saint-Gilles, the future Hannon Museum will offer a contemporary look at Art Nouveau on two levels. The furniture and artwork originally designed for the house will, after more than 40 years, return to their original location on the ground floor of the building.

The public will be able to immerse themselves in the grandeur of the era and discover the interior of the building designed by one of the most famous figures of the applied arts of his time, the French designer Emile Gallé.

On the first floor, temporary exhibitions that will be renewed every three years will highlight the works of four renowned Belgian architects: Victor Horta, Henry Van De Velde, Paul Hankar and Gustave Serrurier-Bovy.

The museum project has been developed by a private-public partnership for which the new Hannon Museum ASBL has been created. This includes the municipality of Saint-Gilles, the Brussels-Capital Region, the St'Art Invest fund, the Horta Museum and the descendants of Edouard Hannon and Gustave Serrurier-Bovy.

Written by Nick Amies