Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels

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    Aimez vous Rubens - Do you like Rubens?

    by breughel Updated Nov 10, 2012

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    Actually I am not a fan of Rubens because most of his numerous paintings are religious and mythological compositions which are not my favoured subjects. As a matter of fact my favoured paintings of Rubens are the "Lion Hunt", in Munich and "Landscape with the Castel of Steen" (photo 3), in London.

    But it is impossible to visit any ancient art museum without seeing some Rubens; so for the museum in Brussels.
    Rubens is by no doubt a leading figure of the baroque art with his dynamism, vitality, and sensuous exuberance. His work combines the traditions of Flemish realism with the classical tendencies of the Italian Renaissance.
    This sensuous exuberance is most visible when he paints nudes. I wonder if the women of Antwerp in his time were as fleshy as his models but it seems that Rubens did not like anorexic women.

    He was at the head of a workshop and Rubens's personal contribution to the over 2.000 works produced by this studio varied considerably from work to work.
    Most of his assistants were remarkable painters by themselves and had their specialities: figures for Van Dyck and Jordaens, animals for Frans Snyders, landscapes and flowers for Jan Brueghel "Velvet".

    The museum of Brussels displays some good religious compositions such as the "Martyr of St Livinius", "Madonna with Myosotis" (photo 1) with Jan Brueghel "Velvet" for the flowers, and the "Road to Calvary" which are typical of the Counter-Reformation movement of which Rubens was one of the leading artists.
    But best known in Belgium is the study "Têtes de Nègres" (photo 2) which in the past decorated a banknote of 500 BEF (now = 12,40 €; but with 500 BEF you could in that time (1950-60) buy what costs now 50 € !)

    What I like with Rubens is that he was not only a painter but also a scholar, humanist, classicist, architect, an effective ambassador and family man. He was even said to be the richest man of Antwerp; what a difference with Rembrandt at the end of his life!

    Rubens Rubens My favored Rubens: Landscape with Castel of Steen.
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    Royal Museum of Art and History-Cinquantenaire I

    by breughel Updated Jan 29, 2011

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    The Royal Museum of Art and History is an important one (60.000 m²) that covers all the artistic disciplines (except painting, see museum of Fine Arts), of the five continents (except Sub-Saharan Africa, see Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren).
    The collections are divided into four ensembles:
    1° ANTIQUITY with the Near East (closed for renovation), Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantine and Eastern Christian Art. The objects on display are good but not exceptional (this is not Le Louvre or the British Museum). The best section, in my opinion, is the Egyptian collection assembled thanks to the Belgian Egyptologist Jean Capart. Remarkable is the relief portrait of Queen Tiy, married to Amenophis III (1375 a. J.C.) and the so called "Lady of Brussels". I already visited this museum when I was a kid and felt very impressed by the mummies of which the skeleton is partly apparent. A macabre start for my Egypt mania.
    2° NATIONAL ARCHAELOGY. Prehistory, Gallo-Roman civilisation in Belgium. The Merovingian civilization is closed for renovation.
    3° NON-EUROPEAN CIVILIZATIONS. Islam (a new room on Islam art has been opened on 22/02/2008).
    4° EUROPEAN ARTS AND CRAFTS. Mosan Art, from the Gothic to the Baroque, from the Baroque to the 20th century, Specific materials.

    The collections of art and craft works from the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque periods are very interesting and among the highlights of this museum. I will comment them in a special tip.

    NOTE: Rooms closed for renovation 2011:
    - Salle des textiles coptes.
    - Salle Océanie.
    - Salle Costumes et dentelles.
    - Salle des Verreries anciennes.
    - Circuit des Arts décoratifs belges du début du XXe siècle.
    - Pavillon Horta-Lambeaux.

    Open: Tuesday - Friday 9.30 - 17 h, Saturday, Sunday, Feast days 10 - 17 h.
    Closed: Monday, 1/01, 1/05, 1/11, 11/11 and 25/12.
    Entrance 5€ (reduced 4 and 1, 5 €).
    No photos allowed.

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    The heritage of Rogier van der Weyden.

    by breughel Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    The heritage of Rogier van der Weyden.

    WARNING: The exhibition has to close because there are water infiltrations resulting from works above the rooms.
    I will not say more but I can tell you that the Belgian media are much critical about all this.

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    The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium organizes a special exhibition from 12/10/2013 till 26/01/2014 called:
    L’héritage de Rogier van der Weyden - La peinture à Bruxelles 1450 – 1520.
    The heritage of Rogier van der Weyden - Painting in Brussels 1450-1520.

    This new exhibition is dedicated to painting in Brussels in the period between the death of Rogier van der Weyden (1464) and the emergence of a new spirit in the art by Bernard van Orley (1515-1541). The exhibition aims to provide an overview of what was the pictorial production in Brussels at the end of the fifteenth century and early sixteenth century.
    At that time, Brussels was booming, the dukes of Burgundy (major patrons of arts) had elected the Coudenberg palace as favorite residence.

    The museum explains: "Based on the results of the recent research and the existing studies the exhibition presents an overall picture of painting in Brussels at the late 15th and first years of the 16th centuries, tackling the subject from various viewpoints, historical, iconographic, stylistic, technical, economic and in terms of work organization and exact copying."

    More than 120 works by 60 European, American and even Australian institutions are gathered for the first time, despite their extreme fragility. These are paintings on wood that require strict control of moisture and temperature so that travelling is very exceptional.

    Most of them were painted by what we call "petits maîtres" little masters. For many of them we ignore their name.
    It should be mentioned that from Rogier Van derWeyden himself there are only two paintings on display in this exhibition: "Portrait d'Antoine de Bourgogne " 1430 and a Pieta.

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    Royal Museum of Fine Arts IV - Rubens

    by breughel Updated Feb 27, 2014

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    It is impossible to visit any ancient art museum without seeing some Rubens; so for this OLD MASTERS museum in Brussels. Actually I am not a fan of Rubens because most of his numerous paintings are religious and mythological compositions which are not my favoured subjects (in fact my favoured paintings of Rubens are the "Lion Hunt", in Munich and "Landscape with the Castel of Steen", in London).

    The museum of Brussels displays some good religious compositions such as the "Martyr of St Livinius" "Madonna with Myosotis" and the "Road to Calvary" which are typical of the Counter-Reformation movement of which Rubens was one of the leading artists. But best known in Belgium is the study "Têtes de Nègres" which in the past decorated a banknote of 500 BEF.
    Rubens is by no doubt a leading figure of the baroque art with his dynamism, vitality, and sensuous exuberance. His work combines the traditions of Flemish realism with the classical tendencies of the Italian Renaissance.
    This sensuous exuberance is most visible when he paints nudes. I wonder if the women of Antwerp in his time were as fleshy as his models but there is no doubt that Rubens did not like anorexic women.
    He was at the head of a workshop and Rubens's personal contribution to the over 2.000 works produced by this studio varied considerably from work to work.
    Most of his assistants were remarkable painters by themselves and had their specialities: figures for Van Dyck and Jordaens, animals for Frans Snyders, landscapes and flowers for Jan Brueghel "Velvet".
    Last but not least, Rubens was also an effective ambassador, scholar, humanist, classicist, architect, lover and family man.

    Open: 10h00 to 17h00
    Closed on Mondays and on 1st January and on the 2nd Thursday in January, on 1st May, on 1st and 11th November, on 25 December.
    Entrance fee: 8 €. Reduced 6 € for seniors; or 2 euro 25 yr.
    Free on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month.

    NEW for amateurs of Rubens: There is now at the new Le Louvre Lens (between Arras and Lille) a special exhibition: L'EUROPE DE RUBENS with 170 works from 22/05 till 23/09/2013.

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    The marvelous "FLEMISH PRIMITIVES".

    by breughel Updated Feb 27, 2014

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    The Museum Of Ancient Art (Old Masters Museum) is part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (MRBAB) and is one of the best European ancient paintings museums. The circuit starts with the precious panels of Primitive Flemish artists of the 15th century.
    I have often observed outside Belgium that there is confusion between Flemish and Dutch painters what I would like to clarify.
    There are indeed museums who mention "Early Netherlandish", "Southern Netherlandish" for painters who belong to the Flemish school, the so called "Flemish Primitives". The reference to the Netherlands is correct from a geo-political point of view when Belgium and the present Netherlands were united until the end of the 16th century, when separation occurred between the southern Catholic provinces and the northern independent Calvinist republic.
    But from a point of view of art the term "Netherlandish" is misleading as this Flemish school of the 15th century can not be mixed with the Dutch school reaching her summit in the 17th century with Vermeer and Rembrandt.
    The correct term of "Primitifs Flamands" appeared in 1902 at an exhibition in Bruges. The Flemish "Primitives" had nothing of primitive but were in fact revolutionary pioneers by developing space and perspective in the pictorial art.
    The great names of this school are the brothers Van Eyck, Le Maître de Flémalle (= Robert Campin?), Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Thierry Bouts, Juste de Gand, Hugo van der Goes, Jérôme Bosch, Hans Memlinc, Gerard David.
    Some of these painters were born in the present Holland like Jerome Bosch and Thierry Bouts but worked in the southern provinces, or were from Tournai in the present Walloon part of Belgium.
    The Flemish art of the 15th c. had a great influence in other countries, Germany, Italy, Holland, France and especially Spain.

    One might think that the Flemish Primitives did only paint religious subjects. Not at all, the portraits were very important; more than 500 have reached us.
    I felt in love with a beautiful portrait, attributed to Juan de Flandes a Flemish painter who worked at the court of Isabella I of Castile in Spain, "La fillette à l'oiseau mort", a painting which by itself justifies a trip to the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts, Brussels. The death bird might mean that the melancholic little girl died when she was young.

    Opening hours (2014):
    Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ticket office closes at 4.30 p.m.)
    Closed on Mondays, January 1, second Thursday of January, May 1, November 1 and 11, December 25.
    Entrance fee: 8 €. Reduced seniors 6 €, 25 yr 2 €.
    Combined ticket Magritte, Modern, Oldmasters, Fin-de-Siècle: 13 €; reduced 9 or 3 €.
    Audioguide (FR, NL, EN, D) 4 €
    Free on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month.

    Antoine de Bourgogne by Rogier Van der Weyden. Annonciation by Robert Campin. Lamentation (detail) by Petrus Christus. My (large) bedside book on the Flemish Primitives.
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    Museum of Fine Arts - 17th c. "The King Drinks"

    by breughel Updated Feb 27, 2014

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    The 17th century at this OLD MASTERS museum is much more than Rubens. All the Flemish school is brilliantly represented. First by Jan Brueghel the Elder "Velvet" with a real gem "Still life with Garland of Flowers and Cup". Portraits by Antoon Van Dyck, an ensemble of paintings by David Teniers the Younger.

    Among my favoured paintings here is the large composition "The King Drinks" of Jacob Jordaens. The king in this scene is the one of the feast of the Epiphany who found the bean hidden in the "Twelfth Night" cake (la fève de la galette des rois). This painting was a popular success in Belgium and was often reproduced on biscuit boxes. In the upper part of the painting one will read in old Flemish: "In een vry gelach ist goet gast syn" what means "it is good to be invited when you have not to pay".
    The amateurs of Flemish genre scenes will appreciate the small paintings of Adriaen Brouwer.

    The museum also has a collection of Dutch paintings from the 17th century, with portraits, landscapes and genre scenes typical of the Dutch Golden Age represented by the great names such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, van Ruisdael, and Bakhuysen. Furthermore, as this museum is not showing exclusively "Belgian" painters, the French and Italian schools are present.

    Open: 10h00 to 17h00
    Closed on Mondays and on 1st January and on the 2nd Thursday in January, on 1st May, on 1st and 11th November, on 25 December.

    Entrance fee: 8 euro. Reduced 5 euro or 2 euro.
    Free on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month.

    NEW! THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (another part of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts) IS CLOSED for renovation works from February 2011 till its reopening in 2013 .

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    Royal Museum of Fine Arts I - Flemish Primitives

    by breughel Updated Feb 27, 2014

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    The MUSEUM of ANCIENT ART - OLD MASTERS MUSEUM (part of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts) is one of the finest European paint museums.

    Concerning this Ancient Art department - 15th century, there is sometimes confusion between Flemish and Dutch painters which I would like to clarify.
    There are indeed museums who mention "Early Netherlandish", "Southern Netherlandish" for painters who belong to the Flemish school, the so called "Flemish Primitives". The reference to the Netherlands is correct from a geo-political point of view when Belgium and the present Netherlands were united until the end of the 16th century, when separation occurred between the southern catholic provinces and the northern independent Calvinist republic.
    But from a point of view of art the term "Netherlandish" is misleading as this Flemish school of the 15th century can not be mixed with the Dutch school reaching her summit in the 17th century with Vermeer and Rembrandt.
    The correct term of "Primitifs Flamands" appeared in 1902 at an exhibition in Bruges. The Flemish "Primitives" were in fact revolutionary pioneers by developing space and perspective in the pictorial art.

    The great names of this school are the brothers Van Eyck, Le Maître de Flémalle (= Robert Campin?), Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Thierry Bouts, Juste de Gand, Hugo van der Goes, Jérôme Bosch, Hans Memlinc , Gerard David.
    Some of these painters were born in the present Holland like Jerome Bosch and Thierry Bouts but worked in the southern provinces, or were from Tournai in the present Walloon part of Belgium. Next to these great masters there were a number of "Petits Maîtres".
    The Flemish art of the 15th c. had a great influence in other countries, Germany, Italy, Holland, France and especially Spain.

    One might think that the Flemish Primitives did only paint religious subjects. Not at all, the portraits were very important; more than 500 have reached us.
    There is a beautiful portrait, attributed to Juan de Flandes, "La fillette à l'oiseau mort", a painting which by itself justifies a trip to the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts, Brussels.

    Opening hours (2014):
    Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ticket office closes at 4.30 p.m.)
    Closed on Mondays, January 1, second Thursday of January, May 1, November 1 and 11, December 25.
    Entrance fee: 8 €. Reduced seniors 6 €, 25 yr 2 €.
    Combined ticket Magritte, Modern, Oldmasters, Fin-de-Siècle: 13 €; reduced 9 or 3 €.
    Audioguide (FR, NL, EN, D) 4 €
    Free on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month.

    Girl with death bird by Juan de Flandes. MRBAB - Lamentation (detail) Petrus Christus 1450. Brugge museum - Virgin by Hans Memlinc 1487.
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    La Chute d'Icare not from Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    by breughel Updated Nov 9, 2011

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    "La Chute d'Icare" on display at the "Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique" is not a painting of Pieter Bruegel the Elder according to the results of twenty years scientific analysis made by Dominique Allart from the University of Liège and Christina Currie, from the Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique (Irpa).

    Hereafter the text as published in La Libre Belgique of 9/11/2011.

    Le célèbre tableau représentant la chute d'Icare des Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique n'est pas l'oeuvre de Bruegel l'Ancien, ressort-il de l'étude de deux chercheuses belges, Dominique Allart, de l'Université de Liège, et Christina Currie, de l'Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique (Irpa), réalisée dans le cadre d'un ouvrage sur les Bruegel qui rend compte de vingt années d'analyses scientifiques. La conclusion des deux chercheuses est sans appel et met un terme aux controverses qui entouraient le tableau depuis de nombreuses années. "Nous avons réuni un faisceau d'éléments convergents qui nous permet de dire définitivement qu'il ne s'agit pas d'un original de Bruegel", explique Dominique Allart, interrogée par l'agence Belga.
    En effet, lors son acquisition par les Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique en 1912, le tableau représentant la chute d'Icare avait été acheté comme une copie d'un original de Bruegel. Dans les années suivantes, certains ont cependant affirmé qu'il s'agissait d'un authentique et cette idée s'est progressivement installée. Mais des soupçons persistaient. Il fallait donc une investigation approfondie pour élucider la question."

    Translation by Google (not corrected):
    "The famous painting of the Fall of Icarus Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium is not the work of Bruegel the Elder, it is clear from the study of two Belgian researchers, Dominique Allart, the University of Liege, and Christina Currie, of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (IRPA), conducted as part of a book on Bruegel which reflects twenty years of scientific analysis. the conclusion of two researchers is final and puts an end to the controversy that surrounded the table for many years. "We have assembled a body of converging elements that allows us to say definitively that this is not an original by Bruegel," said Dominique Allart , interviewed by the agency Belga.
    In fact, when it was acquired by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in 1912, the painting of the Fall of Icarus was purchased as a copy of an original by Bruegel. In the following years, however, some have claimed it was an authentic and the idea has gradually installed. But the suspicions persisted. It was therefore a thorough investigation to elucidate the question. "

    Next year I'll have to go back to the Vienna KHM to see real P. Bruegel the Elder paintings.

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    Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique: Ancient

    by melissa_bel Updated Feb 5, 2006

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    Located on Place Royale, the Royal Fine Arts Museums are a must-see in Brussels. In fact, there are 2 main museums: Ancient Arts and Modern Arts. You enter the museum via a beautiful common room exhibiting giant paintings from the XiXth century. The Ancient Arts covers the XVth to XVIIIth century with such highlights as Primitive Flemish like Rogier Van Der Weyden. and Hyeronymus Bosch (he has his own room). One of my favourite of those ancient painters is Bruegel the Elder (I saw "Icarus's Fall" so many times in books... ) and its depiction of everyday life in the early Renaissance in the Low Countries. You can feel he really took pleasure in the little joys of the peasants' life at the time. His popular paintings are like little time capsules and show the simple life and pleasure of simple people.

    If there is a Flemish painter I particularly like, it's Pieter-Paul Rubens. He also has his own room. I particularly love the sensuality of his paintings, the colours, the texture... It's the baroque era folks!
    One painting that struck me the most tough was Jacques-Louis David's "Marat Assassiné". This is a painting that everybody has seen in his/her history schoolbook when it's time to talk about the French Revolution. Marat was a Revolution leader and was murdered while taking a bath by Charlotte Corday, who held him accountable for the Terror regime. After the fall of Napoleon, David lived (and died) in exile in Brussels and that's the reason why this painting is in Brussels and not at the Louvres. The simplicity and realism of this work is touching. Marat is in his bathtub, one of his arm just laying out of the tub with a quill in his hand (he was a writer for the paper called "L'ami du peuple" and looks peaceful, as if asleep. David was a personal friend of Marat so that explains it all. The painting is exposed on its own on an solated wall leading the XiXth-century paintings and marks the transtion between the Ancient and Modern Arts museums.

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    Royal Museum of Fine Arts II - Bruegel

    by breughel Updated Feb 27, 2014

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    Following my comments about the Flemish Primitives of the 15th c. (ref. my tip here) I would like to continue the visit to the OLD MASTERS MUSEUM with the 16th century artists and room 31 where are on display 5 paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder including the famous "Census at Bethlehem", "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" and my favoured one "Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap".
    I always liked this landscape because it is a real landscape which could be found south of Brussels a few centuries ago. The type of village church represented in the painting still exists.

    The "Fall of Icarus" is the only painting of Pieter Bruegel with a scene of the mythology.
    I was always impressed by the indifference of the peasant, the shepherd and the fisher for the tragedy of Icarus drowning himself. Nobody cares for the cry of horror of the poor young man!
    One should observe that this painting was made at the beginning of the Renaissance when the Italians dominated the art with mythological and religious, often grandiloquent, themes.
    Bruegel, although he had been to Italy, ignored voluntarily this trend even in his biblical scenes where the ordinary village people and the landscape supersede the religious event.
    Bruegel the Elder was therefore unique in his century.
    Are also on display three paintings of his elder son Pieter (II) Brueghel the Younger. These are excellent copies of his father's work. (The son used to sign his name with an "h" while his father abandoned the "h" around 1559).

    Opening hours:
    Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ticket office closes at 4 p.m.)
    Closed on Mondays, January 1, second Thursday of January, May 1, November 1 and 11, December 25.
    Entrance fee: 8 euro. Reduced 6 or 2 euro.
    Free on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month.

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    Royal Museum of Fine Arts III - 16th Century.

    by breughel Updated Feb 27, 2014

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    OLD MASTERS museum - 16th Century.
    The art of painting in the southern Netherlands in the 16th c. showed continuity with painters like Quentin Metsys of the Antwerp school of which the "Virgin and Child Enthroned" and the "Triptych of St-Ann" are shown in room 22.
    New genres appeared under Italian inspiration. Jan Gossaert (called Mabuse) was the first artist to paint mythological nudes in the Netherlands.
    Painters of the 16th and 17th century did only paint nudes as part of scenes of the mythology, antique history or the bible. Ancient art museums are consequently full of naked Venus and Diana being observed by some hidden man.
    Daring scenes of the bible such as "Suzanne and the Elders" showing the male concupiscence or the incest of "Loth and his Daughters" had success among painters and their customers.
    In the moralizing literature of these centuries, these passages serve especially for illustrating the pernicious nature of the women and the misdeeds of the drunkenness; they also form an example of uneven couples by their age, a fashionable subject in that period. One will find good examples of these nudes by Jan Massys (Antwerp, around 1565) in room 29.
    It was also the start of the independent landscape painting with Paternier and the start of genre painting. The museum has also Italian and German paintings of the 16th c.

    Open: 10h00 to 17h00
    Closed on Mondays and on 1st January and on the 2nd Thursday in January, on 1st May, on 1st and 11th November, on 25 December.

    Entrance fee: 8 euro. Reduced 5 euro or 2 euro.
    Free on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month.

    NEW! THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (another part of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts) IS CLOSED for renovation works from February 2011 till its reopening in 2012 .

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    Royal Museum of Fine Arts

    by filipdebont Written Mar 1, 2004

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    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.

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    Entry hall of the Museum of Fine Arts

    by filipdebont Written Mar 2, 2004

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    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

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    Big Paintings

    by filipdebont Written Mar 2, 2004

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    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 . . .

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    Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts

    by XenoHumph Updated Mar 23, 2005

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    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

    James Ensor, Still life with masks, Belgium
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