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Visit : Architectural Heritage, Monument, Art Nouveau

Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion - The Temple of Human Passions

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

The Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion is currently closed for restoration. The date of its reopening has yet to be decided.

The Cinquantenaire Museum invites you to discover the Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion.

  • A pavilion "hidden" in a park in Brussels
  • A monumental work on a theme which is rarely sculpted
  • Two great artists for one work of art

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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