Have you ever wondered what the Royal Palace looks like on the inside? I never really thought about it, until a few days ago. Every summer, the Royal Palace opens its doors for the public (this year until 06/09/2015). I thought I should see it at least once before it’s closing again. Let me show you some pictures of my experience.
The Royal Palace from the outside, opposite the Royal Park.
This is the income hall. Entrance is free during the summer.
One of the many luxuriously furnished rooms. It’s a little bit like Versailles, but on a much smaller scale.
Massive chandeliers all over the place, and lots of golden details. Over all, the Palace is well maintained and has guards in every room. Although I wonder what all this might cost …
During the summer opening, there are several small exhibitions in the Palace. This year there is one about insects and one about romantic landscapes. I like the idea of showing art inside this building, but it could be a lot more attractive. The exhibitions are only tiny compared to the size of the building.
Aaah, finally, the ‘Green Room’! This is the main reason why I wanted to visit the Palace. Heaven of Delight is a massive artwork made by the belgian artist Jan Fabre in 2002. He covered the ceiling with more than 1,3 million scarab wing cases. If you want to know more about Jan Fabre, click here.
A chandelier covered with scarab wing cases. It took 3 months to complete the whole ceiling, with a team of 30 people.
The middle piece of the ceiling. You can see different patterns, although I didn’t really recognize anything in it. The artist once said on television that there are symbols in it, but you can only see them from certain angels if you walk through the room. Although people usually only see the beauty of the artwork, there is a hidden critical message about Belgian colonial period in the Congo.
And speaking of our colonial history, there is a temporary exhibition @ the BELvue Museum next to the Royal Palace. It shows a collection of masks from the Congo that belongs to the Royal Museum for Central Afrika in Tervuren (that is closed for renovation). They were collected by Jesuit missionaries in the Belgian Congo.
It’s only a small exhibition but it’s worth a visit. The entrance is free and you can visit until 08/11/2015.