MANIERA is moving into the Hôtel Danckaert, also known as Villa Dewin. The house was designed in 1922 by the Belgian architect Jean-Baptiste Dewin for Jean Danckaert, a Brussels industrial engineer. The dwelling and the rose garden are listed as heritage. The interior furnishings and decoration of the Villa were developed by the famous Ateliers d’Art De Coene.
The property comprises a three-fronted villa and a garage separated by an enclosing wall and an ornated gate that opens onto a large, English-style garden, bordered by tall trees and organised around curved paths. The Villa’s marble entrance hall leads to a large main hall surrounded by an imposing oak staircase, ending in a high suspended gallery. To the right of the hall is a sumptuous sitting room, adjoining a dining room and a kitchen opening onto the garden.
The simplicity and elegance of the decoration, and the use of wood and marble in large areas, with clean lines combined with lush elements, all add to the Art Deco flair. Some elements of the interior design are echoed in the garden, such as the rose friezes in the fireplace, which are reminiscent of the rose garden, and the stained-glass windows with cherries and birds that are inspired by the cherry tree in the garden.
The rooms have retained their original interior decor, consisting of woodwork, panelling, ironwork, fireplaces, stained glass, floor coverings, radiator covers, light switches, panelled doors, and stained-glass windows, all of which came from the De Coene workshops in Kortrijk and are surprisingly well preserved. The building is thus a fine and rare preserved example of how the industrial bourgeoisie used to live.
The gallery will occupy the complete ground floor and the garden. MANIERA will carefully renovate the building under the supervision of the Belgian architect Barbara Van der Wee. Van der Wee specialises in the restoration, rehabilitation and updating of nineteenth and twentieth-century buildings and historical sites, such as Victor Horta’s Hôtel van Eetvelde and BOZAR in Brussels.
The move fits MANIERA’s tradition of presenting shows in historically significant architectural settings. Following exhibitions staged at Henry Van de Velde’s Hôtel Wolfers, Juliaan Lampens’ Van Wassenhove House, Huib Hoste’s De Beir House and the Roelants House designed by Willy Van Der Meeren, MANIERA has now chosen this iconic villa as its new home. Welcome to the inaugural group show during a festive opening weekend!
MANIERA 01 OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
MANIERA 03 Richard Venlet
MANIERA 06 Bijoy Jain / Studio Mumbai
MANIERA 07 Jonathan Muecke
MANIERA 09 Sophie Nys
MANIERA 10 Valérie Mannaerts
MANIERA 15 Christoph Hefti
MANIERA 17 Piovenefabi
MANIERA 20 Stéphane Barbier Bouvet
MANIERA 23 Lukas Gschwandnter
MANIERA 25 Koenraad Dedobbeleer
MANIERA 29 Rooms Studio
Saturday & Sunday 2 — 6 pm
The exhibition runs through May 06