The post-war years are remembered as an era of optimism, full of faith in progress and confidence in the future. Architecture and design so imbibed this spirit that they spawned ludic modernism, a new style marked by forms and colours of extraordinary joviality and freshness. In Belgium, this trend was named the Spirou style or 58 style, in reference to the  year of its consecration at Expo 58.

The Atomium hosts the Ludic Modernism in Belgium exhibition at its very heart. As the flagship building of this modernist style, it is the most appropriate venue for an exhibition that brings together illuminating examples of period furniture and architectural images in a clear and elegant setting. The exhibition showcases, through sinuous forms and oblique lines, boomerangs and stars, the inventiveness of Belgian designers and illustrates the surprising formal coherence that united architecture and the applied arts at the time.


Catalogue > for sale in the Atomium Shop (€15)


Ludic Modernism in Belgium is also a richly illustrated catalogue that extends the exhibition’s lifespan. The airy and cheerful design is the work of the graphics design firm, Sign* (Astrid Verdeyen). It is a small book in a square format with text in three languages: French, Dutch, English.


Similar to the exhibition, the book starts off by outlining a portrait of an era that witnessed the birth of ludic modernism. It then places the style in its artistic context, before elaborating, page by page, the various forms of its repertoire.


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Practical information



This exhibition is situated on two floors of the temporary exhibition Sphere.

>>> from December 23rd 2009 till April 25th, 2010


Opening times

Daily, from 10 am till 6pm (closure ticket office at 5.30pm)


Entrance fees

The access to the temporary exhibition is part of the visit of the Atomium and as a consequence there will be no extra costs.

> see entrance fees of the Atomium


Guided tours

> €70/guide (maximum 25 people), only on reservation (min. 2 weeks in advance)

> reed more about guided tours
> booking : Yvonne Boodts / yvonne boodts atomium be / +32 (0)2 475 47 78


How to reach us

> different packages, as well as combined tickets (transport / entrance) offer you an easy way to reach the Atomium






Press file : view here / download here (PDF / 1,2Mb)


Flyer : download here (JPG / 580Ko)


Poster : dowload here (PDF - 60cmx40cm / 476Ko)


Photos : press and media are kindly invited to send an email to our communications department to obtain login and password to download the high resolution photos on this page.



> press contact : Ilse de Braekeleer / info atomium be / +32 (0)2 475 47 74

> project coordinator : Arnaud Bozzini /




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