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Visit : Monument, Art Nouveau, Architectural Heritage

Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion - The Pavilion of Human Passions

Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion - The Pavilion of Human Passions
© kmkg-mrah - V. Legros

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

"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.

In practice

End of March (the first week after the clocks change for European summer time) to end of October (last week of European summer time).

€7, €6 or €3.50 for a visit combined with the permanent collections of the Cinquantenaire Museum.
Free entry on the first Wednesday of the month.
Tickets from the ticket office of the Cinquantenaire Museum.

Guided tours for groups are available by calling +32 (0)2 741 72 15 during office hours.


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