Date
Friday 26 04 2024
Event code
2404
Departure
10:30 am
Meeting point
entrance hall of the FeliXart museum - Kuikenstraat,6 1620 Drogenbos
Members
€ 55
Non- members
€ 60
Max Attendees
40
Registration closes on
April 19
Organiser
andre.ceulemans6@telenet.be
Rescue Phone
0474 464 009

Please find driving directions below the main text

Bank account of “National Trust Belgium” (NTAB)
BE17 0016 2443 2021

Avant garde art and an alpine garden in the Brussels Green Belt

The FeliXart and Eco Museum in Drogenbos and the Bloemendal rock garden in Huizingen.

Tucked away in the centre of the small urbanized Flemish municipality (with language facilities) of Drogenbos, the FeliXart museum is situated in an oasis of 5 hectares of green, including the estate that once belonged to Felix De Boeck (1898-1995), one of the pioneers of Belgian abstract painting.

The museum with its modern white architecture opened in 1996 and focuses on historical and contemporary avant-garde art. The museum not only displays a sample of its permanent collection but in recent years it also gained an important place within the expertise on avant-garde, interbellum and abstract art, thanks to exhibitions, projects and publications of national and international standing.

FeliXart museum, Drogenbos

The museum is situated next to a large orchard and an 18th-century listed farm with a small herb and kitchen garden. Felix De Boeck, a leading avant-gardist, chose to settle on the family farm in Drogenbos and to work on the farm to provide for his livelihood, which makes this versatile artist unique in Belgian art history.

Felix De Boeck, painter, 1992

After our guided visit to the museum and the garden, and before enjoying lunch in a nearby restaurant, the annual general assembly will take place in the auditorium of the museum.

The rock garden “Bloemendal” in the provincial domain of Huizingen (Torleylaan 100 – 1654 Huizingen) is unique. There are only four of this kind in all of Europe. No surprise that in 2003  the garden was listed as a protected monument.

It was created at the occasion the Expo 58 according to a design of Paul De Wit, the then director of the provincial horticultural school in Anderlecht. The design fits in with the horticultural trend at the time of the “Nouveau Jardin Pittoresque”, when a wild, natural looking garden was fashionable.

Bloemendal garden, Huizingen

Some figures. 1027 tons of boulders were brought in from the Meuse valley for the construction the garden. A 400 meter long artificial mountain stream was laid out bridging a height difference of 36 meters and for which more than 20.000 cubic meters of earth was dug out.

In 2022 the garden was reopened after a thorough restauration lasting many years. The aim  was to regenerate the garden through new planting, the judicious removal, felling or narrowing of existing plants and trees and restoring the stream, the walking paths, rock formations and waterfalls.

In 2022 the restauration got the Hans Vredeman De Vries award from the Louise Vanden Bulcke / King Baudouin Foundations in the framework of their policy of encouraging projects of maintenance and restauration of historic parks and gardens in Flanders.

  • Lunch: Restaurant” Kzeg a Moda” Sterstraat, 2 1620 Drogenbos. Two courses incl. water and 1 drink (wine/beer/soft) plus coffee or tea. All additional drinks  are at the expense of participants. Vegetarian or gluten free meals will be served to participants who indicated this at registration.
  • If you have registered and paid for this event, let the organizer know, preferably by e-mail, so that he  can arrange for more detailed and practical information in the week preceding the outing ( list of participants, carpooling, lifts etc)

How to get there:

  • By car: from Antwerp and Gent: take RO/E19 direction Mons/Paris. Take exit 18 and follow Verlengde Nieuwe Stallestraat naar Kuikenstraat.  Participants are kindly asked to arrange for as much carpooling as possible or to communicate their willingness to give a lift to others who have no car.
  • By public transport: from Brussels South Station: take tram 82 direction Drogenbos castle, get off at Grote Baan stop, or take tram 4 direction Stalle Parking and get off at the terminus. Take MIVB/STIB bus 98 and get off at Eggergat stop or take the Lijn bus 153 or 154 and get off at Eggergat stop or the Drogenbos Calmeyn stop.