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Bibliotheca Wittockiana

Rue du Bémel, 23





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The Bibliotheca Wittockiana is the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to bookbinding and book arts. Founded by Michel Wittock, it houses his outstanding collection of bindings which illustrate the changes in ornamental styles from the Renaissance to the present day.

Apart from this prestigious collection, the museum is home to remarkable ensembles such as the work room of the poet Valère-Gille, grandfather of Wittockiana's founder and last director of the Jeune Belgique literary publication, the Lucien Bonaparte fund (books, letters, photographs) as well as numerous contemporary artists' books, book-objects, and sculptures. Lastly, the Bibliotheca Wittockiana holds a unique collection of some 500 rattles, an astounding and unusual ensemble from around the world covering a period of forty centuries of history.

Every year temporary exhibitions are held, covering all aspects of book arts. The Bibliotheca Wittockiana is also a place to meet and create events. A bookbinding workshop has been installed, breathing new life into the art of bookbinding on a daily basis.