Guillaume Apollinaire came to spend his holidays in Stavelot when he was 19 years of age. His mother, a Polish aristocrat would visit the casino of Spa. That Summer of 1899 had an appreciable influence on Guillaume’s work.
The Guillaume Apollinaire Museum evokes the poet’s stay in the region and immerses visitors in the artistic universe of the author of “Chanson du Mal-Aimé”. A journey of initiation through the cult work of one of the 19th century’s outstanding personalities, through his writings and through the eyes of Picasso, Chagall, Marie Laurencin, Cocteau, Zadkine …
A documentation centre, numbering over a 1000 works by and about Guillaume Apollinaire, is open to students and researchers by appointment.
Starting from the Abbey, visitors can follow an Apollinaire circuit, which will not fail to lead them in the footsteps of Marie Dubois, Guillaume’s “beloved” from Stavelot, to the former Constant boarding house, from where Guillaume did a moonlight flit. It is now the restaurant “O Mal Aimé”, steeped in the poet’s spirit.