This literary and biographical museum about the life of Guido Gezelle (1830- 1899), one of Flanders’ most famous poets, was established in the house where he was born, situated in a peaceful working-class district of the city. In addition to displays about his life and works, there are also temporary presentations about (literary) art. Next to the house there is a romantic garden, with Jan Fabre’s The Man Who Gives a Light as the main attraction.
The focus of the museum is the work of language virtuoso Guido Gezelle. Five themes are used to shed light on his work: nature, religion, friendship, language and folklore, tradition and renewal. Gezelle wrote poetry above all but he also wrote prose, articles for literary magazines, and political polemics. His versatility also expressed itself in the way he wrote: he knew the conventions, but was not afraid of experimenting. This did not go unnoticed by authors such van Ostaijen, the Vijftigers, and Claus, whose work is also featured here. Literature also forms the basis for the temporary exhibitions.
Visitors can discover Gezelle’s life and work through a number of manuscripts, photos, and books, personal objects, and writing desk. The beautiful garden, which included an organic kitchen garden, is an ode to the nature that so inspired Gezelle.
This was originally the country house of a rich Brugian merchant, where Gezelle’s father worked as a gardener and his family had simple accommodation. The house dates from the 16th century and the surrounding estate initially extended as far as the residential area of Gezellewarande. The house was recently carefully restored and looks once again as it did during Gezelle’s youth. The garden is a true oasis of peace.
As well as displays on the life and works of the famous Flemish poet, the birthplace of Guido Gezelle (1830-1899) also hosts temporary exhibitions about literature. The house also has a romantic garden and organic kitchen garden, where visitors can see Jan Fabre’s piece 'The Man who Gives Fire'.