The Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain is exceptionally closed on Thursday 20 June. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you from Friday 21 June, until 8 September for the visit of the exhibition Josef and Anni Albers.

The Boghossian Foundation participates in the 34th edition of the Brussels Heritage Days with guided tours that will make you discover the fascinating history of the Barons Empain and the Villa Empain, a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture.

In 1930, Baron Louis Empain commissioned Swiss architect Michel Polak to design a mansion in the prestigious neighbourhood of Avenue des Nations/Natiënlaan (now Avenue Franklin Roosevelt/Franklin Rooseveltlaan). He suggested that Polak create something in the style of Otto Wagner, Adolphe Loos and Joseph Hoffmann. The result is a true Art Deco gem, featuring stained glass, mosaics and beautifully crafted ironwork. In keeping with Palladian principles, Polak arranged the villa around a central hallway. Among the materials he used were Baveno granite, Escalette and Boisjourdan marbles, burr Bubinga, marbled Palu wood from the East Indies, manilkara from Venezuela and burr walnut.