Victor Hugo once wrote that it’s ‘the most beautiful square in the world’.
This year, the Belgian Museomix community will be remixing a museum located on the very square he was referring to – the Grand Place of Brussels!
Brussels City Museum
Workspace in the famous City Hall
The 10th, 11th & 12th of November 2017
A neogothic masterpiece, the building is called ‘Maison du Roi’ (‘King’s House’) in French and ‘Broodhuis’ (‘Bread House’) in Dutch. This double name can be explained by the history of the building itself. ‘Broodhuis’ refers to its first use as a bread hall in the 13th century, whereas ‘Maison du Roi’ invokes the title of its owner, the Duke of Brabant. In the 16th century, the Duke was none other than Charles Quint, ‘king’ of the Spanish. The Maison du Roi was protected as a cultural monument of Belgium in 1936 (it was one of the first Belgian buildings to benefit from this protection) and, along with the entire Grand Place, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.
With more than 7000 pieces, the museum is one the richest testimonials to the evolution of Brussels through time. Paintings such as Le Cortège des Noces (‘The Wedding Procession’) by Jan Breughel the Elder or Le Bombardement de 1695 (‘The Bombing of 1695’) present the overarching historical narrative of the city as well as the personal stories of its inhabitants. These paintings can be found alongside famous Brussels tapestries including Le martyre de saint Paul (‘The Martyrdom of Saint Paul’) and its exceptional cartoon. A model takes you back to the 13th century while plans and maps show the urbanisation of the city. You can also admire wooden and stone sculptures from buildings in Brussels and ceramic tiles in the shape of asparagus and cabbage. Not forgetting, of course, the symbol of Brussels – the Manneken-Pis. The original statue remains in the museum although its precious wardrobe has recently moved and can be explored at Rue du Chêne, just next to the fountain.
The Museum has been remixed on the 10-11-12 November 2017. Please, find below an overview of the process in tweets, pictures, videos, …
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