The Museum of Ixelles was started in 1892, after the painter and collector Edmond De Pratere gave his collection of artworks to the Ixelles commune on the condition that they were put on display to the public. An unused slaughterhouse was converted into the museum, which became an instant success. Soon it attracted more important donations, such as those of Octave Maus, whose collection of impressionist, neo-impressionist and symbolist works included major artists like Picasso, Seurat, and Dufy. Today this museum is beautifully laid out and a real treat, with many surprises, including the entire production of lithographs by Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as some of his best-known posters. The art on display, which includes works from impressionists, symbolists and fauvists, futurists, and pop artists, is in manageable collections, so you get a digestible run through the history of art in different forms. The only thing to watch out for are the occasional closings that occur when new exhibitions are being installed, so be sure to check the website before you visit.
Bus 71, 60, 38, 59, Tram 81 to place FlageyPhone 02/515-64-22 Prices €8 adults, €5 students and seniors, free to children under 18 Web site Musée d'Ixelles
Map71 rue Van Volsem Brussels
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