contes portrait of a lady

Henri Matisse , Monique assoupie, 1943
Bueil & Ract Madoux Collection, Paris

On the occasion of the exhibition Portrait of a Lady, the storytellers Marie-Rose Meysman and Sigrid Exelmans propose an afternoon of tales filled with heroines. Tales to amaze both children and adults, and the opportunity to visit the Villa Empain and its exhibitions with family.

  • Sunday 15 May › 15 May 1970  at 2 pm in French
  • Sunday 15 May › 15 May 1970  at 4 pm in Dutch

Trained as a comedian, Marie-Rose Meysman discovered storytelling at eighteen. In 2003, she was awarded the Prix du Conte in Chiny. She created several shows which were presented in Belgium and abroad. Most recently, she collaborated with WALPURGIS- Muziektheater for the project Trois Femmes Fortes (Three Strong Women) which was shown at the Ateliers de la Monnaie and will soon be on tour. She uses her storytelling to reach small children and children at heart. Guided by her stories, she helps us explore spaces secretly inscribed within us.


Sigrid Exelmans was initiated into the world of words at the urban academy and shaped as a storyteller by, among others, at the Storytelling Academy, by Dr Martin Shaw. She is a storytelling teacher in AgapeBelgium. Sigrid is fascinated by Germanic sagas, homegrown folktales, Welsh and Irish myths and loves to tell stories she gathers from around the world.