The FeliXart Museum takes up a specific position within the museum landscape in Flanders: art literally stands alongside heritage. Once it was Felix De Boeck’s dream to have his own museum for his work. He himself laid the foundation stone for this dream project in 1994. The modern museum building opened its doors in 1996, one year after Felix De Boeck’s death.
The museum gives out on an estate of about 5 ha with the listed eighteenth-century farmhouse of the painter-farmer, the protected orchard with cows, the herb and vegetable gardens, and the nature reserve The Swamp. It forms a green oasis in an urbanised environment. A unique setting for recreation and education (workshops for schools, educational trail) that offers a surprising mix of nature, culture and heritage. This green oasis joins the Green Walk of Brussels and forms a natural gateway to the valley of the Zenne.
The nature reserve is also part of a participatory project with the inhabitants of Drogenbos: ‘Ik FeliX, Wij FeliX, All FeliX’. Further development is supported by the local community. Ideas that bred earlier will now also be effectively realized with the local residents, with the support of the municipality of Drogenbos, Regionaal Landschap Pajottenland-Zennevallei. Ecological family gardens, a children’s farm, cows in the orchard, an ecological playground, intergenerational projects with retirement home Palmyra…
Felix loved his work in the farmland and always had cows, to which he was very attached. Felix treated his cows with respect and even love, which is what the FeliXart Museum wants to do in the same mindset, together with the inhabitants of Drogenbos. The two cows in the orchard this summer is an ecological and participatory project in which the inhabitants of Drogenbos ensure that the cows always have fresh water. Felix would be satisfied. In the museum there is also an abstract painting of a cow. Visit us to have a look!
The Felix garden is a large nature reserve, rich in biodiversity: herb and vegetable gardens, the protected orchard and the nature reserve ‘the Swamp’. An ideal place for a family stroll, to roll up your sleeves in the family gardens and enjoy the wonders of nature. In the museum, you can get an activity wheel to discover all the treasures of the domain.
Felix baked his own bread in the oven on his farm. This oven was completely restored and we now use it for our ‘neighbourhood baking project’, for events and for pizza baking during the summer camps.