Fine Arts Museum

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The Fine Arts Museum in Tournai constitutes an exceptional heritage in terms of both its architecture and extensive art collections.

- Major works -

The Fine Arts Museum is home to a modern art collection donated by Brussels-born patron Henri Van Cutsem, together with the only two works by Manet exhibited in Belgium.

Its paintings and sculptures range from the Flemish Primitives (Campin, van der Weyden, Bruegel, etc.) to contemporary artists. The 17th and 18th centuries are represented by Rubens, Jordaens, Snyders, Watteau, etc.

Visitors can also admire Impressionist works by Manet, Monet, Seurat and Van Gogh. Belgian artists (Ensor, Claus, de Braekeleer, etc.) are given pride of place, as are local Tournai artists (Rogier van der Weyden, Gallait, Pion, Dumoulin, etc.).

- The only museum of its kind designed by the architect Victor Horta (1908-1928) -

The building, featuring a very original tortoise-shaped design, provides an interesting example of the transition from Art Nouveau to Art Deco modernism.

Years ahead of its time (inaugurated in 1928; the initial plans were drawn up in 1907), it is without a doubt one of the world's very first modern museum prototypes.