The rich collections of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp present a good picture of the history of artistic life in the Southern Netherlands and Belgium. Antwerp has a splendid collection of Baroque works by Rubens and his contemporaries, as well as works by 19th-century Salon artists and by the Modernist painters James Ensor and Rik Wouters. The museum shows the work of Flemish artists alongside works by foreign artists such as Jean Fouquet, Titian, Frans Hals, Auguste Rodin and Amedeo Modigliani. The museum reopens on 25 September 2022, after renovations.
Bruges Museums brings world-class art and heritage to various monumental locations. One of the great charms of the museum collection of the City of Bruges is its splendid diversity: from the Flemish Primitives to contemporary art, from classic ‘fine arts’ to archaeological finds, furniture, silver, folklore… The Groeninge Museum is one of the municipal museums of the city of Bruges. It offers a fascinating overview of six centuries of art in Belgium. You can admire the world-famous Flemish Primitives here, as the collection includes masterpieces by Jan Van Eyck, Hugo van der Goes, Hans Memling and Gerard David. Furthermore, the Groeninge Museum presents a selection of works from the 18th and 19th centuries in the Neo-Classicist and Realist styles, milestones of Belgian Symbolism, and masterpieces of Flemish Expressionism.
The collection of the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts offers visitors a wide-ranging survey of art in Flanders from the Middle Ages up to the first half of the 20th century. Among the old masterpieces are two works by Hieronymus Bosch. The main body of the collection however is a large number of works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Via an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings, visitors are introduced to the 19th-century art movements of Realism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Expressionism, and to the Surrealism of the 20th century.
Mu.ZEE tells its stories through a unique collection of Belgian art dating from 1830 to the present day. The Mu.ZEE collection contains more than 8000 works and spans different periods and styles, with Belgium as the common thread. It contains works with international allure, from Ostend confidants such as Ensor, Spilliaert and Permeke to pacesetters such as Frits Van den Berghe, Roger Raveel, Raoul De Keyser, Raoul Servais and less well-known but strong artists such as Marthe Wéry, Jacques Verduyn and Walter Swennen. All the artists in the collection have been chosen because of their contribution to the history and development of Belgian art.
M Leuven is notable for its mix of classical and contemporary art in the historic centre of Leuven. Top architect Stéphane Beel designed the sleek museum complex around the old Vanderkelen-Mertens municipal museum. The museum is also an ideal meeting place for young and old, complete with a central courtyard and a roof terrace offering spectacular views across the Leuven skyline. Add to all this the permanent exhibition 'Between Heaven and Earth - Discover The Last Supper by Bouts' at Saint Peter’s, and a visit to M is always an unforgettable experience.
The Flemish Art Collection collaborates with Ghent University (Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities and IDLab) within the framework of the doctoral project 'VKC Enriched'.
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