Is also called 'The city museum of Fine Arts'. The collection was already started in the beginning of the 18th century, but the building itself is recent and dates from 1929-1930. This museum offers a rich and fascinating array of a (primarily) Belgian artworks.
Highlights include the world-famous collection of work by the Flemish Primitives, paintings by various Renaissance and Baroque masters, several interesting pieces from the Neo-classical and Realistic periods of the 18th and 19th centuries, milestones from the Symbolist and Modernist movements, masterpieces by the flemish Expressionists and a varied selection of Post-1945 modern art.
El Groeningemuseum alberga una fabulosa colección de pinturas que abarca desde el s. XV a nuestros días. Sus cuadros de primitivos flamencos justifican por sí solos la visita. Estas obras maestras simbolizan la genialidad de Brujas. Aquí podrá ver algunos de los lienzos más famosos del mundo: obras de J. Van Eyck, Petrus Christus, H. Van der Goes, H. Memling y Gérard David.
Oh yes, I love paintings and this was an ideal museum for me while in Brugge to enjoy its rich collection of artworks that focus in Southern Netherlands (Belgium now).
Once inside I took a plan of the museum, the collection is divided into chronological order, so you can enjoy the period or style you like. During our visit the museum hosted also some paintings from Maurishuis Museum in Hague and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (they are renovated).
Brugge was one of the art epicenters during 15th century with artists like Jan va Eyck, Petrus Christus, Gerard David and Hans Memling working in the town. So, it is no surprise that first part is dedicated to Flemish Primitives. Pic 1 shows “Moreel Triptych” made by Hans Memling in 1484 (oil on panel)
Late 15th century attracted many artists from abroad. Then I saw some landscapes, typical in baroque period but also flower paintings or animal still-lifes. Pic 2 shows “Still Life with Fowl” made by Frans van Cuyck de Myerhop (oil on canvas)
Then I saw some prints in fast forward and some history paintings with a collection of painters that don’t originate from Antwerp (that had famous artists like Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, J.Jordaens) so I saw works of Gaspar de Crayer and some religious paintings of Jacob van Oost I. Pic 3 shows “Saint Antony raising a Man from the Dead” made by Jacob van Oost I in 1640-50 (oil on canvas), he was the most important 17th century painter in Brugge, although he made many altarpieces he was mainly a portraitist.
Then I entered a much more interesting room dedicated to Symbolism and Impressionism. Pic 4 shows “The Lys at Astene” made by Emile Claus in 1885 (oil on canvas)
I started to get tired but still I enjoyed some paintings from Renaissance era and some of Bruges Neoclassicism era (beginning of 19th century).
Finally I saw some paintings from Flemish Expressionism and Fauvism. Pic 5 shows “Village Scene” made by Jean Brusselmans in 1930 (oil on canvas)
It’s open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30-17.00
Entrance fee is 8 euros but we preferred to buy the 3day museum card that costs 15 euros and gave us free access to every museum in Brugge!
The exterior of the museum (that was built in 1930) was interesting too with nice garden and sculptures.
“When we arrived at Bruges Jan Plos took me home with him, and that same night he arranged a costly meal for me and invited several people to give me pleasure. Another day Marx the goldsmith invited me and gave me a costly meal, and had a number of people to meet me. After that they took me into the Emperor’s house, which is large and costly.”
— from the Journals of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
The Flemish Art Collection is collaboration between three art history museums in Flanders. These include the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, the Museum for Fine Arts in Ghent, and the Royal Museum for Fine Arts in Antwerp.
Built between 1929 and 1930, the Groeninge Museum houses Brugge’s Vlaamse Kunstcollectie (Flemish Art Collection). The Eeckhout Abbey once stood on the land where the museum was built.
The museum takes its name from the district of Brugge where it stands; the area has been called ‘Groeninge’ (because of its greenery) since the 13th century. The aim of the museum was to centralize the city’s picture collection, most importantly to offer a setting for its outstanding Flemish Primitives.
Six centuries of the visual arts can be seen as part of the permanent collection; it is a rich overview of in the Southern Netherlands, corresponding to present-day Belgium. From the fabulous Flemish Primitive paintings to gems of the Renaissance and Baroque masters to a smattering of 18th and 19th century Neoclassical and Realistic works to important works of Symbolist and Modern Art to masterpieces of Flemish Expressionism to a selection of post-war Modern Art the Goeninge Museum has something for everyone.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 09:30 to 17:00. It is closed Monday; New Year’s Day, 1.January; Ascension Day, 15.August, in the afternoon; and Christmas Day, 25.December.
Because we were in Bruges to study Renaissance art, it was only logical that we visit the Groeninge Museum, the city’s top fine arts museum with works by van Eyck, Bosch, van der Goes, David, and Memling. This museum was busier than the Memling Museum and we had to be patient to get up close to the paintings to study them. There seemed to be a lot of groups in the museum on the same day as us.
As we entered the museum, there was a coat room and lockers for coats and backpacks, which were not allowed in the museum. After stowing away our gear, we headed down the hall to the bookshop, which also had the bathrooms. Once everyone in our class was ready to go, we entered the museum. I personally was excited because I would be seeing one of my favorite van Eyck pieces today!
The Madonna with Canon van der Paele by Jan van Eyck is a fabulous work of art! Just spend some time looking closely at the details in this work! Van Eyck was a master at detail and, in my opinion, the best artist ever. The painting shows the Madonna on a rich throne with Christ in her lap. On the right of the painting is Canon van der Paele, the patron of the work, and his patron saint, St. George. On the right is Saint Donatian, patron saint of the church the Canon was connected to. There are so many good highlights to this painting – but for starters, look at the Canon’s glasses, held in his hand with a prayer book. Notice the detail of how the words underneath the glasses are bigger than the rest – how realistic! Now look at the carpet where it folds over the steps of the throne. Van Eyck took care to paint how the carpet slightly separates as it rounds the corner. And the jewels on the trim of Mary’s gown are stunning – so realistic! In St. George’s armor, a careful viewer can see reflections from the light. There is just so much to see in this one painting alone. But we had to move on to other works in the museum. (For another wonderful painting of van Eyck’s, visit my Ghent Altarpiece tip from my Ghent pages.)
The Death of the Virgin by Hugo van der Goes is another wonderful painting and one of the best examples we have of van der Goes. The man dressed in red in the foreground of the painting looks out at the viewer, almost as if he is inviting you into the room. Van der Goes shows emotion in the faces of the people in this painting as Mary is dying – both an outward expression is shown but also some are deep in thought and contemplation. The colors are amazing in this piece and tie all the parts of the painting together with the reds, blues, and greens.
Gerard David also painted some wonderfully detailed pieces. This local Bruges artist painted the Triptych of Jan Des Trompes in which the central panel shows the baptism of Christ. David’s landscapes were beautiful and this is no different. Also, the ripples of the water in which Christ stands show a level of fine detail.
Another one of David’s works is a great piece, but I personally have trouble looking at it, but it is in the Groeninge Museum as well – the two paneled The Judgment of Cambyses, which shows a man being skinned alive. Obviously, with David’s level of detail, this a gruesome painting to look at, although it tells an interesting tale of a corrupt judge getting his punishment. It is also a fine example of civic art (versus religious art) and has some minor Italian influence, such as the round tondi painted in the architecture.
There is also a Bosch in the museum, or rather a follower of Bosch; a painting of The Trials of Job. Because there are not too many Bosch’s in northern Europe (most seem to be in Spain since King Philip II was a huge fan), it is good to see them, even if they may have been painted primarily by his students.
The museum has much more than this to see, but our time was limited and we were following our instructor who had a schedule to keep! This museum is well worth a visit and taking the time to view the wonderful works within.
The museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and admission is €8 for adults.
The Groeninge museum houses artworks that span several centuries and is worth a visit if you are in Bruges for a couple of days.
It is here that where Jan Van Eyke established a studio in 1430.
9.30am - 5pm, Monday to Sunday, between 1st October and 31st March; closed Mondays.
This is a SPECIAL Exhibit that is running only until the 21st of July...Please Please Please make this a must see if you're going to be in Brugge before the end of this exhibit....
While this exhibit is running the Permanent Collection of the Groeninge Museum is NOT available for viewing....
Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy lived from 1433–1477 and was the son of Philip the Good of Burgundy and Isabella of Portugal.He inherited an Empire from Philip the Good that encompassed large areas of Continental Europe.
In the late 15th and early 16th centuries, Burgundy provided a power base for the rise of the Habsburgs, after Maximilian of Austria had married into the Ducal family. In 1477 at the battle of Nancy during the Burgundian Wars Charles the Bold was killed in battle and Burgundy itself shortly after that collapsed.
This EXHIBIT includes paintings and tapestries and objects that are significant to the Aristocracy of Burgundy.
The Swiss nation has released to be a part of this exhibit for the FIRST time ever War Booty taken from the Burgundians in victory from the Battle of Murten in 1476.The Burgundians were defeated by the Bernese Army..
This exhibit is open from Tuesday to Sunday....CLOSED Mondays.....and is accessible from 0930 am until 1700 pm...EXCEPT for Sundays...opening is at 1330 pm .....Entrance fees are 9.00 Euros and enables access also to the Brugge Museum at Our Church of Our Lady.
Seniors price is 7.00 Euros.Residents of Brugge pay no fee for entrance.
Of course if you've purchased the Museum Card than the entrance fee is already paid for.
I used the Audio Guide which provided detailed information throughout the exhibit and was well worth the 4.00 Euro cost!
This is another 'must-do' for any art lover in Bruges. I was simply enthrallled by the artwork over here as I noted that the collection in the museum spans several centuries (from the 14th to the 20th century)!
Admitedly, I spent more time in the Renaissance section as I'm definitely not an advocate for modern art. The paintings by by those Renaissance masters are detailed and laden with meaning whereas the ones by the modern artist can be *&^%$^ing rudimentary sometimes.
Take Renaissance artist Gerard David for example. Though his painting is not as refined as another Renaissance master, Van Eyck, it is still as eye-catching. I doubt you'll be able to forget the one displayed at the entrance. You know, the one where the corrupt judge who was skinned alive?
While we were tat the museum (July 2005) some of it had been given over to a special display of paintings – portraiture – by Hans Memling. This did mean that a number of paintings in the permanent collection were not on display, however, the Memling pictures – and accompanying explanations on the audio guide – were superb. When commissioning a picture Memling’s patrons could chose from a series of templates specifying, for instance, which way they faced, the length of the portrait (Head and shoulders, ¾ length, full length) and also the style of background i.e. the classic plain blue Flemish style, or more novel views such as a landscape or a landscape through a window. Fascinating!
The Groeningemuseum is a small, fascinating and world-class art gallery/museum in Bruges. The permanent collection includes paintings by early Flemish artists Jan Van Eyck and Hans Memling plus works by Gerard David, Hieronymus Bosch and, from more recent times, Paul Delvaux and Rene Magritte. Quite an impressive ‘cast-list’ for a museum of only 11 rooms!
The rooms take you through different periods and styles in art i.e Flemish Primitives, Renaissance and Expressionism. You can compare a number of paintings on the theme of the “Last Judgement” – including the disturbing but compelling imagery of Bosch’s version. Jan Van Eyck’s ”The Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele” is wonderful in its detail; you can almost feel the texture of the robes and clothing depicted in the painting. Disturbing could also be used to describe Magritte’s “The Assault” although, as with so many Surrealist painters and particularly Magritte’s dream-like images, what may seem unsettling to one person can be quite un-perturbing to another.
The museum hires out a very informative audio guide, which gives you historical and artistic details about a number of the paintings.
The small scale of the museum means that you can look round the whole of it quite happily in a couple of hours, each room having a kind of theme i.e. based on an artistic movement or period, gives a good historical reference point allowing you to compare and contract different styles, artists and their interpretations etc.. and the quality of art on display is excellent. This really is a jewel of a museum and I would recommend that anyone visiting Bruges pay it a visit.
Cost: 8 euro per ticket plus 3 euro for the audio guide
Opening Hours: 9.30am-5.00pm (closed Mondays)
This is a small but fascinating museum showing the history of the visual arts particularly in Belgium. The displays are arranged by historical period and include a large collection of Flemish Primitive Art (before the Renaissance) as well as a lot of works from the Renaissance and Baroque period. Some of the bigger names included are Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch and Hans Memling. Well worth a visit.
Open daily (except Monday) 9:30-17:00
Adult admission is 8 Euro.
The Groeninge Museum houses a comprehensive and fascinating survey of six Centuries of Flemish and Belgian paintings, from JAN VAN EYCK to MARCEL BROODTHAERS.
The museum's many highlights include the world famous collection of "FLEMISH PRIMITIVE" art, works by a wide range of Renaissance and Baroque masters, a selection of paintings from the 18th and 19th Century Neo-Classical and Realist periods, milestones of BELGIAN SYMBOLISM AND MODERNISM, masterpieces of Flemish EXPRESSIONISM and many items from the city's collection of post-war modern Art.
The Groeninge Museum houses a comprehensive and fascinating survey of six centuries of Flemish, Dutch and Belgian painting, from Jan van Eyck to Marcel Broodthaers.
The museum’s many highlights include the world-famous collection of ‘Flemish Primitive’ art, works by a wide range of Renaissance and Baroque masters, a selection of paintings from the 18th and 19th-century Neo-classical and Realist periods, milestones of Belgian Symbolism and Modernism, masterpieces of Flemish Expressionism and many items from the city’s collection of post-war modern art.
Charming small museum but that has a great deal of master peace. A must see museum!
Bruge's fine art museum with some of the world's best known Flemish paintings by such painters as Jan van Eyck (who lived in town for several years), Hans Memling, Hieronymus Bosch abd Brueghel the Younger. There is also the famous and sad 'Legend of St Ursula' by an unknown artist.