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Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion - The Pavilion of Human Passions

Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion - The Pavilion of Human Passions
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  • Address:

    Parc du Cinquantenaire
    1000 BRUXELLESBelgium

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  • Opening Dates
    • from Saturday 28 March 2015 to Sunday 25 October 2015
      • Wednesday : 14:00-16:00
      • Saturday-Sunday : 14:00-16:45

Located in the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels, the Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion houses the relief of human passions by sculptor Jef Lambeaux.

Reopening in September 2014

The Pavilion, currently closed, will once again open its doors for the Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days) on 20 and 21 September 2014.

A Neoclassical pavilion erected in the Cinquantenaire park in Brussels

"The Human Passions" is an impressive bas-relief in Carrara white marble by Jef Lambeaux (1852-1908). The pink marble pavilion which houses it was the first public commission for a young architect named Victor Horta (1861-1947). It was built between 1890 and 1897. The building has been listed since 1976.

A controversial sculpture

The work is a collection of sculptures representing death, satanic armies, war, the graces, women dancing with joy or attacked, Christ on the cross, Adam and Eve, a mother kissing a child, a young girl caressed by a young man, a dead couple and three men fighting with passion.

A theme which creates discord between artists

Jef Lambeaux's work was designed on the theme of humanity's happiness and sins, dominated by death. Lambeaux and Horta did not agree on the final work. According to Lambeaux, the pavilion did not show his work to its best advantage. In the end, Horta respected Lambeaux's desire, but the sculptor was never to see his work in its current setting.


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