La Louviere


21 Place Communale
La Louviere
Phone: 00 32 (0)64 28.25.30
Fax: 00 32 (0)64 21.67.93

Musée Ianchelevici

The Ianchelevici Museum is located in the old Palais de Justice in La Louviere town centre near other cultural institutions.
The museum presents all aspects of the work of Romanian artist Idel Ianchelevici (1904-1994): drawings, sculpture (plaster models and direct carvings), and also the artist's life, including the stages of his career; and his contributions to numismatics and stamp collecting.
Beyond the display of his works, the museum manages the town's collection of more than a thousand pieces, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, graphics, photos.

The museum's dynamic team offers diverse services including guided visits, a game space within the museum, and school activities and workshops.

This year marks the celebration of the museum's 20th anniversary. To celebrate, a cultural program was established around two primary themes: Romania, the artist's birthplace, and Sculpture, the artist's chosen medium.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

The museum owns around 2000 drawings and 200 sculptures by Ianchelevici. Amongst these plaster, bronze, marble, stone, and ceramic pieces, 40 are displayed chronologically in order to show the unity of the artist's work that is centred around the human figure.

Since March 2006, the sculptures have been displayed amongst a harmony of tones to increase the impact of the works, which at the same time recreates the symbolism from which they were created. The perspective, displays, and didactic cards help to complete the atmosphere.

This diverse collection values the evolution of painting and sculpture since the end of the 19th century through contemporary styles. It covers some of the great art movements that grew in Belgium and particularly in Hainaut: Impressionism, Social Realism, Expressionism from Wallonie, Surrealism, Constructed art, Lyrical art, etc. It is regularly enriched and accented by the slant of temporary exhibitions or publications.


Close to 1000 pieces are kept in local administrations or are conserved in museum stockrooms. This collection is not accessible to the public but those who would like to study Louviere heritage may be granted a visit by appointment only.

"Unseen" a perspective on Ianchelevici by Stephen Sack, 27 April to 10 June 2007
In honour of the sculptor, Stephen Sack was asked to present his perspective of Ianchelevici's work. The photographer was inspired mostly by the pieces left in the storeroom, unfortunately damaged over time, whose fragments still reveal Ianchelevici's style. His view of these presently unshowable works transposes the subjects and gives them renewed meaning. The result of this run of photographs is ideal for the original emphasis of the museum's heritage.


Permanent collection: free
Temporary exhibitions:
Adult: 2.50 €
Group (minimum 10 people): 1.25 €
Concessions (students, seniors, professors, Louviere citizens, unemployed): 1.50 €
Children under 12: free
Free entry the first Sunday of each month.

Opening hours

Opening Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 2:00p to 6:00p
Closed Mondays as well as the Sunday 18 March and Tuesday 20 March 2007 for the festival of Laetare.


The museum shop sells monographs of Ianchelevici and Belgian artists, catalogues of the museum's exhibitions and of Ianchelevici's drawings, sculptures, and other works.
Trilingual didactics accompany the principal works for individual visitors.
The venue is also available for hire.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events


Prize giving ceremony

Thursday 31 May, 7pm

Musée Ianchelevici, place communale, La Louvière



There are numerous guided tours and educational activities are available for groups and individuals. Please see the website for details.


Groups are welcome from 8:30a to 4:00p during the week and from 2:00p to 4:00p on the weekend. Reservations must be made 10 days in advance.
Contact 0032 (0) 64 28.25.30 Monday to Friday 8:30a to 5:00p.