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1996: Europalia Horta

143,966 people visited EUROPALIA HORTA, which consisted of 1 exhibition, and 58 concerts, ballets, and theatre performances. This was the first time a large-scale cultural event was devoted to the late Belgian architect and his extraordinary legacy.

The exhibition offered a detailed examination of Horta’s work through photographs, drawings, objects, and furniture, but at the centre of it all were three scale models of the Maison de la Peuple, the Aubecq House, and the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.

Concerts evoked the atmosphere of the interbellum with music by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Bartok, Roussel, and Hindemith, and through jazz, which became popular during the 1920s.

Les Indifférents, a play by Belgian poet Odilon-Jean Périer was performed in a brand new mise-en-scène containing furniture designed by Horta.

EUROPALIA HORTA screened some of the last silent movies produced during the 1930s by directors such as Von Stroheim, Flaherty, Feyder, and Chaplin, documentaries by filmmakers Storck en Haesaert, and a movie by René Clair. On the occasion of the festival, the Horta Hall at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels underwent a spectacular renovation.

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