Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

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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

    15/10/2021 - 13/02/2022: * 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 € - Enfants: 0,00 € - Jeunes: 0,00 € - Senior: 8,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 3,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

Her creative approach is performative and expresses itself in a great diversity of media (marble, noble wood, transport crates, wicker, clay, porcelain and stoneware) : she throws her entire body into the material, combining an incredible strength and determination, an undeniable know-how and an infinite meticulousness. This autumn, Rachel Labastie shows about 30 emblematic works, mixing both retrospective and never shown before pieces. Her entire work is about duality and makes us see beyond what seems to be in front of us. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts have invited Rachel Labastie to create a piece “in residence” and in dialogue with a work from the permanent collection. The artist has chosen to set her gaze beyond “The Death of Marat” by Jacques-Louis Davis (1793); the piece will be revealed to the public at the opening of the exhibition. Through very different pathways, the work of Rachel Labastie enters a dialogue with that of Aimé Mpane. The two artists, a woman and a man, each question the symptoms developed within our societies. Very concretely, and beyond the pure artistic approach, they create a real space of consciousness and question the possible remedies, through the central eye of the Patio that is articulated between two floors of the Museum. Rachel Labastie lives and works in Brussels. MUSEUM IN QUESTIONS  The contemporary artists exhibited this season question the missions and values of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. Discover their questions, debate with us and share your point of view by following #MuseumInQuestions on our social media channels.

  • Opening times

    15/10/2021 - 13/02/2022: * 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: 0,00 € - Senior: 10,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 5,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

Fabrice Samyn has been invited by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts to create a subtle dialogue with masterpieces from both the Old Masters and the Magritte Museums. His art, not unlike a Trojan horse, is bursting through the collections where it triggers resonance and interference, shaking up our perception of the works. Fabrice Samyn is as elusive as his work is diverse. Mastering ancestral techniques as well as more modern ones, he expresses himself through painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, writing and performance, pursuing one goal: to “reveal the visible”. Showing more than 70 works, “To see with ellipse” is the biggest monographic exhibition of Fabrice Samyn (°1981), who lives and works in Brussels. MUSEUM IN QUESTIONS The contemporary artists exhibited this season question the missions and values of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. Discover their questions, debate with us and share your point of view by following #MuseumInQuestions on our social media channels.

  • Opening times

    15/10/2021 - 13/02/2022: * 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 € - Enfants: 0,00 € - Jeunes: 0,00 € - Senior: 8,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 3,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

He is the first Congolese artist to be exhibited at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. Travelling back and forth between Kinshasa, his native town, and Brussels, where he lives, allows him to cast a dynamic and innovative glance on Art History and moreover, on the history of civilization. His practice is grounded in dialogue and driven by an endless resilience imbued with hope. Aimé Mpane builds bridges : images nested into each other, augmented realities, passing through “the other side of the mirror”… his universe is the reflection of the state of mind of a true “local nomad”, someone who dares to ask “why not?”, who dares to dream the fraternity dream for Congo and for Belgium, and for human kind. « Reconciling humanity with itself, in other words human kind with human kind, each and every individual being in my eyes an atom of this huge universal body made of 7,8 billions of atoms. But human kind is sick, its body has been torn apart, cut into pieces… even though we have only one origin. » Mpane dreams of a true alternative to the errors committed in the past, aspiring for a future where other kinds of commemorative artworks are possible. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts have invited the artist to revisit an artwork of their collection. Aimé Mpane’s choice was instant : Four studies of the head of a Moor (1614), by Peter Paul Rubens is a painting of highly symbolic value that he has known his whole life. The painting used to be titled Negros head and was used to illustrate the back of a 500 francs banknote back in the 50’s, the front of the note bearing the portrait of King Leopold II. Mpane’s take on the masterpiece is a canvas-tapestry-sculpture that will be shown to the public at the opening of the exhibition. Through very different pathways, the work of Aimé Mpane enters a dialogue with that of Rachel Labastie. The two artists, a man and a woman, each question the symptoms developed within our societies. Very concretely, and beyond the pure artistic approach, they create a real space of consciousness and question the possible remedies, through the central eye of the Patio that is articulated between two floors of the Museum. Aimé Mpane lives and works in Brussels. MUSEUM IN QUESTIONS  The contemporary artists exhibited this season question the missions and values of the Royal Museums. Discover their questions, debate with us and share your point of view by following #MuseumInQuestions on our social media channels.

  • Opening times

    15/10/2021 - 13/02/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 17,00 € - Senior: 15,00 € - Jeunes: 8,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 8,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

ln its early days, the train was the ultimate symbol of modernity. lt was a major tool of the industrial revolution. lt carried the wildest dreams of development and prosperity but also crystalised anxieties and the rejection of change. ln the1820s, the first railway lines appeared in Great Britain to meet the needs of the mining industry. Belgium was the first to follow and in1835, King Leopold Iinaugurated a railway line linking Brussels with Mechelen. At the end of the19th century, the lmpressionists took up modern subjects, including the railways. Clouds of steam, the movement of trains, the changing light of the station and its surroundings are ail aspects Monet,Caillebotte, De Nittis andOttmann tried to capture. At the same time, the Lumière brothers made L'arrivée d'un train en gare de la Ciotat. Cinema and photography also took pride of place in the railway universe. Modern society- its speed, violence and the sensations it generated - also fascinated Futurists such as Severini, Carrà, Russolo, Baldessari and Sant'Elia. Boccioni was one of the first to take an interest in the psychological aspects of travel. The Surrealists adopted the point of view of the traveller: psychological aspects took precedence over the appeal of modernity. Freud's research on the train and its effect on passengers nourished their work. Max Ernst was interested in the microcosm of the train compartment, Blaise Cendrars associated travel with introspection.De Chirico, Delvaux and Magritte generated images of alternative realities, inhabited by motionless movements, timeless trains in a strange and even disturbing world. Artists' interest in the train diminished from the1950s onwards, but it's making a comeback in an era when modernity and the environment must be reconciled. The artist Fiona Tan will present an installation on this theme.

  • Price

    Normal: 15,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €

  • Price

    Normal: 8,00 € - Article 27: 1,25 €