Erasmushouse and the Beguinage

The Erasmus House and the Beguinage of Anderlecht are the oldest communal museums in Belgium. Together with the Collegial Church of Saint Peter and Saint Guidon they form a valuable historical unity which bears testimony to the glorious past of Anderlecht Commune. Anderlecht went through a period of considerable growth during the Middle Ages as a result of the cult of St. Guidon, the patron saint of cattle, and its position on the pilgrim route to Compostella. In 1252 a small beguinage came into existence here in the shadow of the church thanks to a donation from one of the canons.

Around the Collegial Church there were a number of important houses in which the canons of the Chapter lived. Among these was the future pope, Hadrian IV).

Erasmus stayed in one of these houses in 1521 in the home of his friend Pieter Wychman who was entrusted with teaching in the Chapter.

At that time Anderlecht was a small village of 300 inhabitants. For that reason Erasmus wrote to Guillaume Budé to say that he had followed his advice and had come to Anderlecht as he wanted to play at being a farmer. Although his stay was very short, he made a big impression since as early as the 17th century pilgrims visited the house ‘where the great Erasmus had lived’. Today this house shelters both a museum (the collection includes paintings by the Flemish Primitives, sculptures an furniture) and a study centre with thousands of early printed books which are used in research by countless scholars of Erasmus and his works.


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La Maison d'Érasme gagne le prix du public 2009


La Maison d'Érasme a été plébiscitée pour le prix du public 2009, succédant aux Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

Chaque année, le Prix des musées récompense un musée en Flandre, en Wallonie et à Bruxelles.

Le renouvellement et l'implication du public constituent les éléments clés de ce prix, qui est né à l'initiative de la revue Openbaar kunstbezit in Vlaanderen et du cabinet d'avocat Linklaters.

C'est donc la Maison d'Érasme qui remporte le prix du public à Bruxelles cette année. Ce prix couronne magnifiquement les activités du musée en 2008, organisées à l’occasion des 75 ans du musée, desquelles on retiendra particulièrement l'exposition Anatomie des Vanités, le réaménagement muséographique et l'intervention des artistes Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Jan Fabre et Aïda Kazarian.

Cf. le site : www.prixdesmusees.be.

La Maison d'Érasme est un des musées communaux d'Anderlecht, placés sous l'égide de l'Échevine Fabienne Miroir.

Merci du soutien que vous nous avez apporté!


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