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Alice Piette

Death: 1973 (82-83)
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Wife of David Michel van Buuren

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About Alice Piette

Museum David and Alice van Buuren

The Museum David and Alice van Buuren is a private house built from 1924 to 1928 for banker and art collector David van Buuren and his wife Alice in Brussels, Belgium. The house was decorated by David and Alice as a total work of art to present their art collection in a rich Art Deco interior. The house is surrounded by gardens designed by Jules Buyssens in 1925 and René Pechère in 1968 and 1970. The house was declared a National Heritage site in 2001.[2] The private house became a museum in 1975 according to the testament of Alice van Buuren.

David van Buuren (1886-1955) was born into a Jewish family in Gouda, Netherlands.[3] He settled in Brussels in 1909 to become an important private banker. He married the Belgian Alice Piette (1890-1973) in 1922. David van Buuren asked his nephew and architect Johan Franco to start working on the plan of his future house in Brussels.[4] From 1924-1928 the van Buurens commissioned the Belgian architects Léon Govaerts and Alexis Van Vaerenbergh to built their house on the Léo Errera Avenue in Uccle following Franco's sketches.[4][5] The outdoor architecture is typical of the Amsterdam School, while its Art Deco interior was decorated by Belgian, French and Dutch designers with rare furniture, carpets and stained-glass windows.

From 1928 to 1970 the van Buurens hosted people such as Raoul Dufy, Jacques Prévert, René Lalique, Sergei Diaghilev, Erik Satie, René Magritte, David Ben-Gurion. The private house became a museum in 1975 according to the testament of Alice van Buuren.[6]

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Alice Piette's Timeline

Age 83