The building that is home to the Beursschouwburg today was built in 1886 in the Eclectic style. At the time, it was a restaurant with a billiards room and function hall. In 1947, the function hall was converted into an Italian-style auditorium by Jacques Cuisinier, an architect known for his Louis XVI-style residences and Functionalist and Modernist complexes like Rogier tower and the Brusilia building. It was therefore just after the end of the Second World War that Théâtre de la Bourse moved into the premises. The Beursschouwburg only moved into the venue in 1965. In the 1990s, it forged its reputation with a programme that showcased avant garde visual arts, free jazz and improvised and experimental music. Walking through the building’s corridors you can see that this is clearly a schouwburg (a theatre in Dutch), with its auditorium, its broad corridors, its open staircases and its numerous emergency exits. But that’s not all! It also provides a space for visual artists who wish to exhibit or screen their work there. After the building’s renovation in 2002, the project of Swiss exhibition creator Moritz Küng was selected, incorporating the audio installations of Ann-Veronica Janssen and Christophe Fink along the corridors. Over the years, works by Rinus Vandevelde, David Helbich and Lawrence Weiner have been gradually added as well.
Guided tours covering the rich history of the 200-year-old building and the works of the artists, including the younger ones, who have contributed to it in different ways and at different times. Sat. and Sun. at 14h00, 15h00, 16h00 and 17h00 (French) and at 14h30, 15h30, 16h30 and 17h30 (Dutch). In cooperation with Bruxelles Bavard and Klare Lijn.