Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

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 - 01/08/2021: * 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

    01/04/2021 - 01/08/2021: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 15,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 € - Jeunes: 5,00 € - Senior: 10,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 5,00 €

In honour of one of the greatest living Belgian artists, "Carta Canta" presents a selection of Alechinsky’s works on paper chosen from 270 works gifted by the artist to the Royal Museums, as well as new exceptional donations. More than 150 drawings, watercolours, etchings, lithographs and paintings invite you to dream and travel to the infinity of the imagination. The exhibition shows Alechinsky’s never-ending exploration of the imaginary, led by a keen sense for technical experimentation. This practice elevates the act of drawing – and thus the drawing itself – to the core of his rich and multifaceted body of work. Furthermore, the exhibition's cross-disciplinary view establishes links between the artist and the RMFAB’s collection, from Ensor to Magritte. Even today, at the age of 93, Pierre Alechinsky - pioneer of the avant-garde group CoBrA and winner of the Praemium Imperiale (2018) - continues to make paper and the entire Museum "sing".

  • Opening times

    01/04/2021 - 01/08/2021: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 15,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 € - Jeunes: 5,00 € - Senior: 10,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 5,00 € - museumpassmusées: 15,00 €

As a window on the spiritual, Aboriginal art tells the story of the creation of the world – called "Dreamtime"* – and the original link between humans and the earth. The numerous motifs (dotted lines, spirals, zigzags, crosshatching...) are passed down from generation to generation by members of the same community, concealing centuries-old secrets as well as a map of their territory. This ancestral and highly symbolic art form was originally concealed: drawn in the sand or applied on rocks on territories forbidden to laypersons. But in the early 1970s, amidst struggles for the recognition of an Aboriginal identity, the Papunya Tula community translated their cultural practices and symbolic knowledge through paint. Using non-traditional methods borrowed from Western culture (acrylics, brushes, cardboard, and later canvas), the indigenous people of Australia found a modern way to express their cultural, political, social, and economic struggles. Vibrant and colourful, the exhibition "Aboriginalities" is built around part of the private collection of Marie Philippson, who has been passionate about modern culture and Aboriginal art for over 20 years. The exhibition shows over 150 paintings and objects, reflecting the extraordinary formal inventiveness of Aboriginal artists. At several intersections throughout the exhibition, a dozen works from the RMFAB’s modern art collection echo the subjects addressed by these “Dreamtime” artists, questioning our relationship to the visible and the invisible. (*Dreamtime as translation of Tjukurrtjana)

  • Opening times

    22/04/2021 - 01/08/2021: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Article 27: 1,25 €