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Why go to Brussels ? OK, there is that endless variety of chocolaytes, the spectacular Grand Place, the Art-Nouveau buildings, the EU-Institutions and the many historical sites like the Waterloo battlefield (2015 is the celebration of 200 years Waterloo !).
Unlike her louder, more flamboyant sister European cities, Brussels is somewhat reserved. Many pittoresque streets and corners wait patiently for your eyes to catch them. Then, the city romances you with her rich history, beautiful culture, gourmet cuisine and distinctive attractions.
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A new Fin-de-Siècle Museum (End-of-the-Century musuem) opened its doors on December 6th, 2013 in Brussels, Regentschapsstraat 3. The museum exhibits Belgian art from the end of the 19th C. to the early 20th C. The new museum was given shelter at the Museum of Modern Art (which had not been renovated since 1989).
According to the press release, the new museum should generate - more than ever - international response.
On an area of over 6,000 sq.m (m²), visitors can admire art works, which were made between 1863 and 1914. Among them: paintings of Maurice Maeterlinck, Emile Verhaeren, James Ensor, Ferdinand Khnopff, Spilliaert and Octave Maus. The new museum presents Brussels as "a unique European artistic hub at the turn of the century."
4 years after the opening of the Magritte Museum - the first step in the reorganization of the collections of federal Belgium - the Fine Arts museum completes a second stage in that process.
The federal government has invested nearly 6.5 million € in this project.
The Fin-de-Siècle museum also received a donation of 1 million € from the Gillion - Crowet family, whose collection will be exhibited.