Gezellemuseum - More info
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.
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.