Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels
Museum of Ancient Art is also a part of Royal Square. It mainly contains drawing, paintings and sculptures. most of them are enormous collection of art, there is also some collection of Flemish painting from fifteenth century. It is not to be missed place in Brussels.
The museum of ancient art (Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels) houses 1200 paintings mostly from Northern Euopean masters. Very extensive and impressive art collection. Highlights are paintings by Pieter Bruegel,
Rogier van der Weyden and Peter Paul Rubens. Set in a multi level open floor plan, it can be daunting at times, but well worth it. Interesting fact: Many of these paintings were stolen from the Netherlands during the French Revolution, so there are many paintings and works of art from the Dutch School of painting.
This is the art museum of Brussels I prefered. There is a lot of variety from Medieval art to contemporan art. They have some Bruegel's, Khnopff, Dal?, Chagall and of course national hero Magritte.
Every first wednesday of the month, it is free of charge
Even in the entrance hall of the museum of Fine Arts you already can see some beautiful big paintings.
Like this Episode of the September days 1830 on the Grand Place of Brussels. Painted by Gustaf Wappers in 1835.
This painting shows the revolution against the Dutch who ruled over our land. This was the start of the Independence of Belgium.
Thank you God that we won that Revolution . . .
The museum of Fine Arts contains the museum of Old Art and the Museum of Modern Art.
In the museum of Old Art you can see all the big names : Breughel, Rubens, Jordaens, . . .
In the museum of Modern Art you can see art works of david, Ernst, Magritte, Ensor, Delvaux, Dali, Panamarenko, . . .
You can freely walk around in the Entry Hall.
Entrance price : 9 euro
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
A very big museum near the "place royale"
6 areas :
* 15 and 16th century
* 17 and 18th century
* 19th century
* 20th century
* temporary expositions
Open tuesday to sundays, 10am-5pm
Close : monday
...visit museums, you probably know that there are many well known painters in Belgium. I would like to introduce a not so much known one. His name is Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865) who was born in Dinant. A precocious draughtsman, he was an admirer of Géricault. He was the son of a Dinan tailor who forced him to learn music, drawing and grammar from early youth. In 1820, he studied at the Antwerp Academy. He spent 1829-1832 in France, won the Prix de Rome in 1832, stayed in Italy from 1834 to 1836 at the Académie de France in Rome, where, under the direction of Horace Vernet, he copied the great Italian masters. In 1838, exhibited his Patrocles in Paris. The unfavourable critical reaction determined him not to seek French citizenship. In 1850, the Belgian government financed the construction of a studio:Musée Wiertz modelled on one of the Greek temples of Paestum.
His style shows the inspiration of Rubens along with reminiscences of medieval painters, but expresses humanitarian and even revolutionary overtones. This is combined with wild invention and a frequently erotic Symbolism.
His masterpiece is The Beautiful Rosine (Painted in 1847; Oil on canvas; 140 x 100 cm), in which a beautiful woman is placed before a skeleton. The work is halfway between traditional vanitas and Baudelairian meditation
Location of Musée Wiertz:
62 rue Vauthier 1050 Bruxelles
Tél : +32 (0)2 648.17.18.
Opening hours : from tuesday to friday, from 10h to 12h and 13h to 17h.
Also Opened two saturdays per month.
if you're up to some culture on a rainy day in Brussels (which in fact will be almost every day of the year...)than go to see Les Musee Royeaux des Beaux Arts!
beautiful collection of paintings from many different centuries, esp the Brughel-exhibition and the 19th and 20th century is worth while!
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.