500

ESPACE MEEÛS - Brussels (B)

Marta Pan

2005

Located in Brussels’ European quarter, the Espace Meeûs building stands out from the crowd: its façade, designed by André Jacqmain from the architects' firm Architecture de Genval, is embellished with a monumental sculpture by the artist Marta Pan.  The sculpture is called ‘500’ because it was the 500th sculpture made by Marta Pan.
This sculpture is the fruit of a beautiful story, that of an encounter and a respectful dialogue between a renowned architect and an international artist.  Thierry Behiels wanted art to be present in the centre of Brussels and asked Marta Pan if she would design a work especially for Brussels.  In the beginning, the architect considered that it was up to the artist to adapt to his façade but when they met, the architect, after listening to the artist’s point of view, completely modified his design.  Out of this fruitful artistic dialogue emerged a building whose architecture is in perfect symbiosis with the artist’s work.
Marta Pan was born in Budapest in 1923 and died in Paris in 2008.  After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, she settled in Paris in 1947 and became a French national in 1952. There, she met Bancusi, Le Corbusier and André Wogenscky whom she married.

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