Hidden Belgium: Stephanie art district

Hidden Belgium: Stephanie art district

In recent years, several galleries have opened in the neighbourhood around Place Stéphanie in Brussels. You might spend a Saturday afternoon wandering around this emerging art district.

The gallery Nosbaum Reding occupies a beautiful converted mansion at Rue de la Concorde 60 that has kept its old wooden door frames. The art is displayed in a bright ground floor space and a basement reached by a narrow winding staircase.

Turn right when you leave the gallery. Look out for Baronian. This established gallery has a small space at Rue de la Concorde 33 and a larger gallery in the corner house opposite that spreads across the ground floor and out into a hidden back garden. It includes a dark room for screening artist’s films and videos.

When you leave Baronian, turn left along Rue Isidore Verheyen. The street is named after a 19th-century Impressionist artist who had his studio on the top floor of the white house at number 15.

Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.

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