Celebration tables | BELvue
Temporary exhibition

Celebration tables

From June 23 to September 9 2012, come and discover, in a new exhibition, the art of the Belgian celebratory dinner, from the end of the 19th to the mid-20th century. Four important historic dinners bring to life the art of the table in former times:

  • the dinner table set to celebrate the wedding of Princess Louise in the Royal Palace in 1875;
  • the Art-Nouveau style celebratory dinner given in honour of Edmond van Eetvelde, Secretary General of the Independent State of Congo, in Tervuren in 1897;
  • the legendary Art Deco table created by Philippe Wolfers for the International Exhibition of Decorative and Modern Industrial Arts, which took place in Paris in 1925;
  • and the exclusive VIP dinners organized by the Commissaire Général of Expo 58.

What were the ‘musts’ of such prestigious dinners? How, over the years, did such dinners move from splendour to elegance? What place was given to different tastes and the balance of savoury and sweet dishes in the menu? These reconstitutions will help you to find out more about the particularities and changes in table settings of the period.
The « Celebration tables » exhibition and its accompanying publication are the perfect opportunity to bring together some of the most eloquent pieces from the King Baudouin Foundation’s Heritage Fund collection, pieces that are usually scattered around the country in Belgian museums and public places. The visitor will not only discover magnificent silver centrepieces, but also commemorative works and historic documents, as well as many other precious objects assembled to set the scene.
This exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the History and History of Art and Archeology Departments of the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), the Royal Museum of Art and History and the Sterckshof Silver Museum.