Former Compagnie des Bronzes site – La Fonderie
Although Compagnie des Bronzes was founded in 1854, under the name Société Corman et Cie, it was not until 1887 that its workshops were transferred from the centre of Brussels to Rue Ransfort/Ransfortstraat, within a then-booming quarter, nicknamed the “Belgian Manchester”. During the second half of the 19th century, the small family-owned metal fabrication business was quickly transformed into an internationally-renowned “art factory”. The firm’s order books were soon filled with prestigious commissions: from the railings for the New York Zoo to the statues for the Petit Sablon/Kleine Zavel, and from Lord Leighton’s memorial at Saint Paul’s in London to the Brabo statues in Antwerp and the statue of King Albert I on Mont des Arts/Kunstberg. Over the course of 125 years, it helped to introduce art into public spaces with its imposing statues or into homes through its extensive mass production of works of art and decorative objects. The quality of the work of its craftsmen and workers was appreciated by the artists of the time who entrusted the casting of their works to the company. Paul De Vigne, Julien Dillens, Constantin Meunier, Eugène Simonis, Charles Van der Stappen, Thomas Vinçotte and Jef Lambeau were all regular visitors.
For Heritage Days 2019, discover a selection of pieces taken from La Fonderie’s reserve collection for the occasion: plaster casts, bronze statues, drawings, sculpture catalogues and documents evoke this art foundry with a mission of urban beautification.
Guided tours of the site and the objects on display, Sat. & Sun. at 11h00, 13h00 and 14h30 (French) and at 13h30 and 15h00 (Dutch) (duration: 1 hour). Please note that bookings are preferred. Call 02/410.99.50 (from Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Up to 25 people per tour.
Guided tours in sign language (French), Sat. and Sun. at 16h00. In cooperation with the Arts et Culture association.
Exhibition “The Face of Work”, presenting the photographs of Patrice Niset. Niset sets out to encounter the worker, entering his or her world, getting as close as possible to how he or she works and the object on which he or she is working. A world that is different every time, steeped in the working method of the workshop.
Rue Ransfort/Ransfortstraat 27, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek
Sat. & Sun. from 10h30 to 17h00
Accessible with assistance