• Léon Stynen and Paul de Meyer. The Peter Pan school in Saint-Gilles (Brussels), 1967. (Archive Paul De Meyer. Collection Flanders Architecture Institute-Collection Flemish Community) (photographer: H. Kessels)
  • Archive Léon Stynen, Collection Flanders Architecture Institute-Collection Flemish Community

Exhibition / Léon Stynen, Architect

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 14:00 to Sun, 13/01/2019 - 19:00

In October 2018 the Flanders Architecture Institute and deSingel co-organize an exhibition on the Belgian architect Léon Stynen (1899-1900).

Léon Stynen (1899-1990) trained as an architect at the Academy in Antwerp. Among his most famous designs are the Belgian pavilion for the world exhibition in New York (in collaboration with Henry van de Velde and Victor Bourgeois), the BP-building, the casinos of Ostend and Knokke and, of course, deSingel. In addition to the realisation of an important architectural oeuvre, he also played a major role in the development of architecture education and architectural culture in Belgium. He became director of the Architecture Department of the Antwerp Academy in 1948. In 1950, he became director of the National Higher Institute for Architecture and the Decorative Arts in La Cambre. In 1963, the then recently established Order of Architects selected him as their first national president.

Despite this impressive career, many people no longer know his designs and his name is relatively unknown to the general public. The exhibition 'Léon Stynen, Architect' aims to change this situation. Artefacts from the rich Stynen archive document a number of iconic designs from the first sketch to finished building. This archival material is brought to life via contemporary and recent architectural photographs, models, works from private collections and the testimonies of former colleagues, employees and clients.


Thursday 11 October at 8pm in deSingel international arts campus (Antwerp, BE).

Programme (8pm - 9pm):

  • Welcome by Sofie De Caigny (director Flanders Architecture Institute) 
  • Presentation exhibition by Bart Tritsmans and Nina Serulus (curators 'Léon Stynen, architect')
  • Talk about the contemporary meaning of Léon Stynen with Filip Dujardin (artist/photographer), Bart Hollanders (architect Eagles of Architecture) and Dirk Laureys (collection coordinator Flanders Architecture Institute)

Register here

Stynen 2018

The exhibition in deSingel is part of a broader program, which includes the Architecture Cabinet exhibitions Stynen Chooses Art and Stynen in Chandigarh, and the publication Léon Stynen. A Life of Architecture (1899-1990). Find out more at stynen2018.be or follow #stynen2018

More about Stynen


deSingel International Arts Campus
from Wednesday to Sunday from 2pm to 7pm and during evening performances until 10pm
closed on Monday and Tuesday. Open on holidays, except 25 Dec and 1 Jan. Open on 24 Dec and 31 Dec until 4pm.
free entrance

Extra information

Flanders Architecture Institute, deSingel
deSingel international arts campus, Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium