THE VILLA EMPAIN


The artistic influence of the East and its association with Western culture is of major interest to the Boghossian family. Art being such a key element to the family’s identity, the Boghossians decided to also dedicate their Foundation to the development of an artistic dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West. This started with the family acquiring an Art Deco architectural jewel in Brussels, the Villa Empain, and restore it to its former glory.

The distinctive building, added to the list of architectural heritage in Brussels, has left a strong historical imprint in Belgium. Built between 1930 and 1934 by Swiss architect Michel Polak for Baron Louis Empain, the Villa has remained steeped in History as it has successively become a museum of decorative and contemporary art and the Belgian headquarters of Radio-Television-Luxembourg (RTL).

In 2010, after the completion of important restoration work, the Art Deco building reopened its doors to the public, hosting exhibitions, concerts, dance performances, artistic encounters, conferences and more, on various themes addressing the bonds between Eastern and Western cultures.

Today, the Villa Empain is not only the headquarters of the family Foundation: it has become a centre of art and dialogue between cultures of the East and the West, of encounters and discoveries, of shared emotions and wonderment open to all.

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THE BOGHOSSIAN FOUNDATION


Created in 1992 by Robert Boghossian and his two sons Jean and Albert, the Boghossian Foundation aims to contribute to development and education.

In its first fifteen years, the Boghossian Foundation’s mission was solely a humanitarian one, centred around improving the living conditions and the education of young people notably in Armenia and Lebanon.

Following the 1998 earthquake in Armenia, the Foundation considerably invested itself in the country’s reconstruction. This investment materialised through the funding of different social, educational, economic and cultural programs in different cities throughout Armenia.

Since 1994, Jean and Albert Boghossian have been honorary members of the HAYASTAN ALL-ARMENIAN FUND chaired by the President of the Armenian Republic. In 2002, Robert, Jean and Albert were appointed honorary citizens of the city of Gyumri.

Today the Boghossian Foundation continues to finance social, educational and artistic projects in Belgium, Lebanon and Armenia.

In 2010, after the completion of important restoration work, the Art Deco building reopened its doors to the public, showcasing artistic exhibitions and hosting conferences on various themes addressing the bonds between Eastern and Western cultures.

Today, the Villa Empain is not only the headquarters of the family Foundation: it has become a Western-based cultural embassy for the East.

With the Foundation, we can share and transmit our values but, most importantly, we can promote the development of closer cultural ties between the East and the West.

With the Foundation, we can share and
transmit our values but, most
importantly, we can promote the
development of closer cultural ties
between the East and the West.

Jean Boghossian