Exhibition. Baudelaire - Brussels

From 7 September 2017 to 11 March 2018 at the Museum of the City of Brussels (Maison du Roi).

Near the end of his life, Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) spent two years in Brussels, from 1864 to 1866. A period of resentment, illness, and misery led Baudelaire, author of Les Fleurs du Mal, to write an offensive and aggressive pamphlet – unpublished in his lifetime – against Belgium and particularly Brussels, which he entitled Pauvre Belgique! (Poor Belgium).

The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to discover 1860s Brussels as seen through the eyes of Baudelaire, their guide. This was the Brussels of the waning years of Leopold I's reign, of the Senne, of black soap, and of the first photographs. To soften the dark outlook of the author, special guests – some of whom were Baudelaire's friends or acquaintances, such as Nadar, Victor Hugo, the Stevens brothers, Camille Lemonnier, Georges Barral – complement the portrait drawn of the town.

Most of the works on display come from the collections of the City of Brussels.

Opening hours

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • closed on Mondays

Around the exhibition

  • City walks Sur les traces de Baudelaire: each Sunday at 3 pm (in French), each 2nd Sunday of the month at 2 pm (in Dutch)
  • Lectures Les Jeudis de l'histoire : 5 lectures about Baudelaire
  • Museum Night Fever: on Saturday 3 March 2018, integral reading of Les Fleurs du Mal

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Expo Baudelaire © Eric Danhier

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