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

    15/03/2021 - 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

  • Opening times

    26/03/2021 - 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

Pierre Alechinsky, a leading member of the avant-garde group CoBrA, was awarded the Praemium Imperiale, considered the "Nobel of Arts", in 2018.

  • Opening times

    26/03/2021 - 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

Since Papunya Tula in the early 1970s, Aboriginal artists have initiated an artistic movement that enjoys an increasingly wide international reputation. Their works create a dialogue with "modern primitivism" and reflect on the modernity of those artists that were far too long considered "primitive". Beyond the clichés, a style of painting emerges which finally gives a podium to feminine expression, while also critically questioning some of the ethnographic viewpoints that have been articulated since the 19th century. A journey to discover ritual forms and open a window on spirituality. A selection of works from the Marie and Alain Philippson collection will accompany three monumental paintings by Debbie Brown Napaltjarri, Mary Brown Napangardi and Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa, which were donated to the museum by Chris Simmons in 2019.