Roger Raveel, the famous son of Machelen, has in spite of his international recognition never left his native town. As a token of appreciation for his artistic career, he got his own museum. The famous architect Stéphane Beel designed a tight, white, contemporary building which harmonises with the picturesque town centre of Machelen. The collection of the Roger Raveelmuseum consists of over 300 paintings, 2500 drawings and a complete collection of drafts. The artist also designed 3 pillars ‘the pillars of the unrestricted’ that since 2011 are visible each in a different location in Machelen. When walking into the ‘Hoevestraat’ (street) in Machelen, you’ll come across a square called ‘The New Vision’. There you’ll be able to see ‘The Wall of Imagination’ by Roger Raveel, a unique harmony of art and nature. Machelen-aan-de-Leie is situated on an old bend in the river Lys. It is a hidden pearl where old and new go hand in hand.
|+32 (0)9 381 60 00
|Gildestraat 2-8, 9870 Zulte
At the end of the sixties Raveel transforms an old flax barn next to his house into a spacious studio, where he paints as well as draws. There is also a graphics studio. Both studios can be visited by appointment for groups. The studio is open to individual visitors a few days a year. For further information and reservations, please click here.
In the street ‘Posthoornstraat’ in Machelen you’ll find the chapel Maria-Hulp-der-Christenen (a chapel dedicated to the Holy Mary helping Christians) in the middle of a row of houses. On the outside, the chapel looks like an ordinary house, so the surprise will be even greater. In the beginning of the nineties, reverend Desmaele asked Roger Raveel to fit the chapel with a religious theme. This led to a piece of art entitled ‘The Religion of Life’. Roger Raveel even called in the help of his friend from Gottem, Jules Claeys, with whom you’ll come in contact while walking the Vlasroters route (retting flax walking route).
|+32 (0)9 386 27 25
|Posthoornstraat , 9870 Zulte
|only on appointment