Our last day was full of adventure. Early in the morning we went for coffee at the Old English Building or Museum of Musical Instruments which has a restaurant on top and you can access that for free. The architecture and view was breathtaking.
After coffee we went to the BOZAR or PSK, with our research at hand we accessed the building to see a Brancusi exhibition. According to an article by cultural journalist Geert Sels, the BOZAR was used as an action house during the war. This became a common practice during the Nazi occupation because business was slow for the BOZAR.
During 1940, it was the first time in the PSK history that a financial year was closed with a loss. According to rough estimates by Kim Oosterlinck’s ULB team, in 1942 the auction house brought the BOZAR a revenue of 2 million francs. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to meet anyone at theBOZAR to corroborate this information.
Needless to say, during this time the common practice was art theft to Jewish people, as well as prime customers being the German occupiers.
This exciting history combines with the beauty of the Victor Horta’s building. We loved the exhibition and the space. We highly recommend it.
Later that day we went to a lovely sea food restaurant and we ended our adventure with a personal visit to the school where Mafe’s grandmother went during the WWII.
We now embark to Brugge, stay tuned!