Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion/Temple of Human Passions


A few metres from the mosque that occupies one of the corners of Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark there is a pavilion designed by Victor Horta as a “tempietto” in the classical style, a sort of folly within Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark. Positioned on a small, grass-covered knoll, the little monument, owned by the Belgian State, was built between 1891 and 1897 to house a stunning Carrara marble relief created by sculptor Jef Lambeaux. When the artist presented a full-size cardboard mock-up of his design at the three-yearly Salon in Ghent, the work provoked much controversy within the Catholic press. The project nevertheless went ahead and today, still, the single room, with its mosaic tiled floor and walls covered in Euville white stones and panels of yellow Sienna marble, serves as a backdrop for a relief measuring 12 m long and 8 m high composed of seventeen blocks of Carrara marble. It represents humanity’s pleasures and sins, a series of immensely expressive allegorical works. In the top right can be seen Christ on the cross and, in the lower left register, Motherhood and Seduction. (Listed 18/11/1976)

Practical information

  • parc du Cinquantenaire
    1000 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 16h45 (last admission at 16h15)
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