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BE17 0016 2443 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
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