Fountain with kneeling youths

Five identical figures around the top of a water basin. It’s “Fountain with kneeling youths, designed by George Minne in 1898.The artwork is part of the collection of MSK museum in Ghent, the same city in which the artist himself was born. Despite the white color and the plainness of the artwork, the figure group…

Not only Brussels has it

Do we find Art Nouveau only in Brussels? Of course not! Let’s talk about this beautiful façade located in Tournai! This Art Nouveau house was built in 1903 by the architect Georges de Porre for Valentin Hoër, a German jeweler. After being damaged during the Second World War, it was acquired by the architect Walter…

Manolo in Bruges

My assistant Manolo really wanted to enjoy the last day of Christmas vibes in Bruges. We went there and walked all day around the city. I showed him narrow hidden streets and beautiful churches. In one of the pictures, you can see Manolo admiring the tondo in enameled terracotta, depicting a Madonna with Child (a…

Villa Cavrois (France), a modern castle

Between guided tours and study sessions, I finally had the chance to visit Villa Cavrois, located in Croix, nearby Roubaix (France), a stone’s throw from Brussels. The Villa was created between 1929 and 1932 for Paul Cavrois, industrialist and owner of the Cavrois-Mahieu company, and his family. It is the work of Robert Mallet-Stevens, an…

Best wishes from Manolo and Sara

While I’m hard-working, my assistant Manolo is having a stroll in the city center with his Santa hat. He’s walking inside the Galerie Ravenstein in Brussels, admiring Christmas decorations (it’s raining cats and dogs today). It’s not a very efficient assistant but I can’t scold him. He’s too cute and he’s loved by my followers….

Discovering Belgian art with a Spanish group

Cold weather and traffic cannot stop me! I met the bravest tourists ever, never afraid of discovering Belgium! Walking around with freezing temperatures and queuing on highways are a big part of my job as a tour guide in winter time. But I have to be honest with you, what do I remember about the…

Pablo Picasso, The kitchen (1948)

This painting is included in the collection of the current exhibition held at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, “Picasso & Abstraction”. If you want to discover the links between Picasso’s work and the history of abstract art, you have time till February 12th, 2023. I’m happy to be a guide for this…

A week in the Netherlands

I finally find a moment to share with you a few pics from my last week. I spent more than one week in the Netherlands, being part of the organization team of a big event. What can I say? I missed Belgium but Amsterdam is beautiful! I saw so many interesting places and met wonderful…

A conference in Italy

I just came back from Italy, where I had the chance to participate to a conference organized by the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Mobilities & Humanities. The event took place at the University of Padoua. I presented the results from my PhD…