This year’s European Heritage Days will see buildings, monuments and museums hold all kind of events this fall. Here are some of the tours, open days and exhibitions happening in September and October to celebrate Europe’s ‘Doors Open Days’.
When: During October
Balenciaga Away From Home
The museum dedicated to the life and work of Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga, located in Getaria, will be running guided tours, October 15 to 22, showcasing the designer’s career and exploring how his roots influenced his work.
Museo Balenciaga, Getaria, Spain. More information: www.cristobalbalenciagamuseoa.com/en
When: September 25
Klimt Villa, Vienna
Born in 1862, Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt is best known for his erotic paintings and his use of gold leaf. For this year’s European Heritage Days, visitors to Vienna can take a look inside the villa where he painted several key works.
Klimt Villa, Vienna, Austria. More information: http://www.klimtvilla.at/?lang=en
When: September 17 and 18, Brussels
Gustave Strauven is a key figure in Brussels architecture with a distinctive art nouveau style. Around 60 buildings designed by the architect still stand in the Belgian capital, from modest houses to masters in the genre, like the famous Maison Saint Cyr.
The fun family exhibition, “Moi Gustave,” lets visitors can step into the architect’s enchanted world and explore his taste for materials and improbable combinations.
September 9 to November 28, 2016, every day from 10am to 18pm, on the mezzanine of the Halles Saint-Géry, Place Saint-Géry, Brussels, Belgium.
When: September 23 to 25
Hein Semke ceramics
After a first visit to Portugal in 1929, German artist Hein Semke moved to the country in 1932. As well as sculptures, paintings, drawings and engravings, the artist also crafted ceramics, leaving behind a wealth of work.
Lisbon’s Museo Nacional do Azulejo paid homage to his work with a first retrospective in 1991. In 2015, an important collection of 209 pieces was gifted to the museum, where they’re on show until October 30.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon, Portugal
When: September 22 to 25
Archaeological Museum of Piraeus
The legendary Greek port of Piraeus is telling the story of its destruction and reconstruction from antiquity to the present day with ‘Unfortified Cities/Open Cities,’ in partnership with the urban planning department of the National Technical University of Athens School of Architecture.
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