Baudelaire >< Brussels

From the September 7

Near the end of his life, Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) spent two years in Brussels, from 1864 to 1866. A period of resentment, illness, and misery led Baudelaire, author of Les Fleurs du Mal, to write an offensive and aggressive pamphlet – unpublished in his lifetime – against Belgium and particularly Brussels, which he entitled "Pauvre Belgique!" (Poor Belgium).

Between swear words and insults, the exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to discover 1860s Brussels as seen through the eyes of Baudelaire, their guide. This was the Brussels of the waning years of Leopold I's reign, of the Senne, of black soap, and of the first photographs. To soften the dark outlook of the author, special guests – some of whom were Baudelaire's friends or acquaintances, such as Nadar, Victor Hugo, the Stevens brothers, Camille Lemonnier, Georges Barral – complement the portrait drawn of the town. 

Incidentally, Baudelaire used the pretext of five conferences taking place at the Maison du Roi itself to settle in Brussels in 1864. It is here that the meeting of Baudelaire and Brussels did not come to pass, and where they will be reunited 150 years later, not only through the exhibition, but also through all the events organised for the occasion such as readings, conferences, concerts, etc.

Most of the works on display come from the City of Brussels' museum or archive collections. It will be an unprecedented glimpse at little-known works from the 19th century. 

September 7, 2017 > March 11, 2018

Guided tours

For Schools ans social organisations
Guided tour of the exhibition
Fare: €50 per group

In the footsteps of Charles Baudelaire, A unique Tour (45 minutes)
Entrance: entry price (free for visitors under 18) + €2 per person

For Adults
Guided tour of the exhibition
Fare: €75 (weekdays) or €90 (weekends) + entry price per person.

In the Footsteps of Charles Baudelaire, A unique Tour (45 minutes)
Entrance:  entry price + €2 per person