Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

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  • Railway station at 500 m
  • Maestro
  • Visa/MasterCard
  • 92,93 Royale
  • 1,5 Parc/Park
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium:

Magritte Museum: the world's largest collection of works by the Belgian surrealist.

Fin-de-Siècle Museum: Ensor, Khnopff, Spilliaert and all the atmosphere of Brussels in the late 1900's.

Old Masters Museum: 15th to 18th-century masterpieces by Bruegel, Rubens, Jordaens, Hals, David, etc.

Modern Museum (curators' choice): a hand-picked selection of the finest 20th and 21st-century works.
  • By train: Central Station • Metro: Lines 1-5 ("Parc" or "Gare Centrale" station) • Tram: Lines 92 - 94 ("Royale" stop) • Bus: Lines 27 - 38 - 71 - 95 ("Royale" stop) & Lines 29 - 63 - 65 - 66 ("Parc" or "Gare Centrale" stop) • Car parks: Albertine (Rue des Sols & Place de la Justice) - Deux Portes (Rue de Namur & Boulevard de Waterloo) - Poelaert (Place Poelaert).
  • 1,5 Parc/Park
  • 92,93 Royale
  • Opening times

    02/10/2020 - 24/01/2021: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

Purification, a double projection created for Peter Sellars' staging of Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde in 2005, offers a perfect synthesis of all these elements. With extreme slowed-down movements, a couple performs a purification ritual, which evokes a rebirth. As the artist described it himself: "From the very beginning, I did not intend to create images but to look for the origin of things, people and situations. So I started to write down what I had in mind, and then it became quite simple to move forward. I plunged deeper and deeper into the booklet, which resulted in all these images.” With the support of blackflag

  • Opening times

    02/10/2020 - 24/01/2021: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 10,00 € - Senior: 8,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 € - Jeunes: 0,00 €

The choice is as varied and rich as the collection itself and offers a chronological overview. Freedom and experimentation are the common thread running through the exhibition presenting three main themes. The first one is the emancipation of line and colour and the evolution towards a radically abstract visual language. The second theme concerns the use of materials, the change in the relationship to the object and the perspective of conceptual art. And the last one deals with the changing relationship between man and the world in the twentieth century and its existential questions. This exhibition is visually dynamic. It sheds new light on the museum collections and invites visitors to rediscover the great names of international modernism and its Belgian representatives. In Patio +2, a complementary section evokes the aesthetic upheaval caused by the American minimalist movement. This part of the exhibition benefits from the loan of three exceptional works by the artist Frank Stella (born in 1936) from a private collection. Also on show (in the Bernheim Room): Bill Viola's "Purification", an impressive video installation conceived as a diptych. [with the support of blackflag] On level -3, the museum's recent contemporary art acquisitions are displayed, some of them for the very first time: Georges Meurant, Chéri Samba, Agnès Guillaume, Rinus van de Velde, Emmanuel Van der Auwera,...

  • Opening times

    02/10/2020 - 24/01/2021: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

Art Cares Covid allows to present their works, to put them on sale, but also to collect donations for the non-profit organization À Travers les Arts!, supports cultural projects for the elderly. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium have decided to offer a showcase for this initiative, which creates a bridge between contemporary creation and the elderly, by inviting the curator, via a "carte blanche", to create an exhibition with these different artists. Participating artists: Younes Baba-Ali, Léa Belooussovitch, Nicolas Bourthoumieux, Antoine Carbonne, Caspar, Nelleke Cloosterman, Samuel Coisnes, Hannah De Corte, Laure Cottin Stefanelli, Céline Cuvelier, Julien Daffe, Delphine Deguislage, Sébastien Delvaux, Julia Eva Perez, Laure Forêt, João Freitas, Olivia Hernaïz, Hervé Ic, Antone Israël, Céleste Joly, Florian Kiniques, Diego Lama, Sophie Langohr, Julie Larrouy , Gaëlle Leenhardt, William Ludwig Lutgens, Maëlle Maisonneuve, Léa Mayer, Michel Mazzoni, Sabrina Montiel-Soto, Sandrine Morgante, Selçuk Mutlu, Elisa Pinto, Arnaud Rochard, Stéphanie Roland, Lucien Roux, Pedro Ruxa, Elina Salminen, Amélie Scotta, Cléo Totti, Catherine Warmoes. __________ This initiative is led voluntarily by the artist Sandrine Morgante and curator Maëlle Delaplanche.