Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (les Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique), with its many world famous paintings and sculptures, are housed in a building built by Balat between 1875 and 1885.
The façade itself is a true work of art. There are 4 Corinthian columns topped by bronze statues representing Painting, Sculpture, Architecture and Music.
Above the doors, there are busts of Rubens, Jean de Bologne and Van Ruysbroeck.
And, you can see 2 beautiful bronze groups called 'The Glorification of Art' and 'The Inspiration of Art'.
The Museum of Fine Arts of Brussels comprises 2 sections, the Musee des Arts Anciens, and the Musée des Arts Modernes which are located in 2 communicating buildings. Definitely one of the gems of good old Europe!
The Museum of Modern Art of Brussels is a must-see for art-lover. It is well worth the visit both for its collections and for the building architecture. The rich collection includes the works of many famous artists (Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Dali,Moore, Chagall, Miro, Ernst, etc), including a rich display of Belgian artists. Some of the latter are reknown internationally and for a good reason! For example, Ensor and his colorful Expressionist-like painting of masks and carnival; Delvaux with his polished photo-like paintings of nude women and train stations at night; and of course the dreamer Surrealist Magritte, always full of humor. The modern building is wonderfully pleasant to walk through with a gradual spiral way to 8 underground levels of well presented collections with windows to the outside. It is my favorite museum so far in the world in terms of display.
The Musée d'Art Ancien is also splendid displaying art from the Middle-Ages to pre-Modern. Highlights include "Belgian" Bruegel(s), Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and Jordaens paintings (I put "Belgian" in "" because Belgian as a country did not exist when these painters were alive).
Open: Tues-Sun 10am-1pm & 2-5pm
Belgian masters from Brueghel and Rubens to Magritte, Delvaux and more. The modern art department is located in a stunning modern underground building, which blends beautifully with the historical palatial structure.
This museum houses Belgium's premier collections of ancient and modern art and is particularly well endowed with works by Pieter Breugel the Elder, Rubens and the Belgian Surrealists. Both sections are large and you'll need a good day here if you want to do them justice.
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts is actually a single museum divided into two sections - the Musée d'Art Ancien and the adjoining Musée d'Art Moderne.
If you plan your visit, you may be able to use the weekly lunchtime concert held in the Musée d'Art Ancien as a break between the two sections; phone the museum beforehand for details.
The best strategy is to buy a plan of the rooms and follow its colour-coded system.
This is an excellent museum. If you are a fan of Flemish art, you will love the 14th-17th c. collection. There are enough Rubens', Breugels' (all 3 of them!) and Bosch's to keep anyone happy. But for me the 19th c. collection with its great array of impressionist works and the 20th c. collection are even better. Don't miss Bacon's "Pope with Owl" or Appel's "Liggend Nakt". Unusually the staff in this musuem turn a blind eye to everyone photographing the exhibted works (even though the signs clearly state no photography allowed); so bring your camera! And don't miss the Wappers painting celebrating the Belgian Revolution as you go in the entrance!
Try out the Cafeteria at the Musee Royaux des Beaux Artes. The food is great value - I tried the lamb with fries, which came with a gorgeous peppercorn sauce. Reasonable value at around 15 euros. Best of all, try the hot chocolate - you get a glass of warm milk and you have to add the chocolate beans yourself to make it. It tastes lekker!
Further on in the Regentschapstraat is the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.
This is a fine museum to visit.
At certain times there are special exhibitions. Like now there was a big exposition with Art work of Khnopf (from 16 -01 till 09 - 05 - 2004).
In 1998 I did visit the retrospective dedicated to Rene Magritte. Magritte a very famous Belgium painter, well known for his paintings with the strange men with the derby hat, ant the "this is not a pipe" painting.
Other great expositions were in 1997 : Delvaux and in 1999-2000 : Ensor.
or, Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van Belgie
or, Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Belgium
This group gathers four museums that are located in Brussels: the Ancient Art Museum (XV - XVII century), the Modern Art Museum (XIX XX century), the Wiertz Museum and the Constantin Meunier Museum.
Ancient Art Museum (XV - XVII century), the Modern Art Museum (XIX XX century) are classical ones. They are specialized in Belgian artists' works. Of course!! See below website to know more.
Wiertz museum and Constantin- Meunier museum are small museums that exhibit works of painter Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865) on one hand and those of Constantin-Meunier (1831-1905) on the other hand. Since their are small and not known, both museums are free and, above all, off the beaten track ones.
Antoine Wiertz is known for his fascination on Rubens' work. He was not liked by his pairs and hadn't received any acknowldgement by them, hence his frustration and need to build while he was alive, a museum... his museum. His feature is in gigantic paintings hanging on his museum walls. Museum was his workshop. Visit preserves intimacy though the workshop is quite large..
Address: Rue Vautier, 62 - 1050 Ixelles (near Musée des Sciences naturelles)
Constantin-Meunier is both sculptor and painter. He is known for his description of Belgian industrial landscape and sceneries. He is considered as the last greater Belgian sculptor.
Address: Musée Constantin- Meunier
Rue de l'abbaye, 59 - 1050 Ixelles
See below website to know more about opening hours
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
also known as
the Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België or the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
(remember we say everything 3 times here!)
Although the museum is not one of those that immediately come to mind, you'd be surprised at the quality of the art it harbours. From Flemish vintage such as Bruegel, Bosch, Rogier van der Weyden, Memling and Christus, thru masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Van Dyck, to the genuises of Van Gogh, Magritte and Ensor, the collections are breathtaking. It also hosts one of my fave painting -- the Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David (see pic)
Museum of arts and history.
Hours: from 9.30am untill 17pm.
This museum has an important collection of art objects from different civilizations from all over the world.
It offers an overview of history of mankind in the five continents(with the exclusion of Black Africa) from the prehistoric times until today.
This museum has wonderful collections from the 15th Century through modern art. You could easily spend an entire day to admire all of the artwork.
museum of fine arts
great collection. Famous Belgian art (like Magritte and Delvaux), but also Dali etc.