Museum and gardens van Buuren, Brussels
Built in 1928, the house of the Dutch patrons of the arts, David and Alice van Buuren, is typical of the Amsterdam School with its red bricks and pitched roofs.
The interior, a masterpiece of Art Deco style, has remained untouched since 1929. Exotic woods were used, and rare furniture (studio Dominique), carpets, stained-glass windows, sculptures and an exceptional collection of paintings are still in their original places in this intimate setting. The gardens are a masterpiece of landscaping.
41 avenue Léo Errera
+32 2 343 48 51
Musee d'Ixelles, Brussels
The Musée d’Ixelles has been presenting an important collection of art to the public since 1892.
Consisting mainly of paintings, sculptures and drawings, along with posters and photographs, the collection includes masterpieces that attest to its international reputation. The museum's collection includes a fine selection of Belgian art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as some pieces of classical art. With more than 10,000 works, an exhibition area of 2,000 m2 and a library, the Museum is the envy of many national museums.
The museum was founded as a result of a significant donation of artwork made by the painter and collector Edmond De Pratere (1826-1888). A disused slaughterhouse was chosen and converted to suit its new function.
71, rue Jean Van Volsem
+32 2 515 64 21
Maison Particulière Art Centre, Brussels
Maison Particulière is a non-profit art centre created in 2011 on the initiative of two art collectors, Myriam and Amaury de Solages. Their objective is to show works of art from private collections in a unique setting that reinvents the interior space of a private residence, thus creating a novel approach to exhibiting art. Maison Particulière is created out of their profound desire to share their joy of living among ancient and modern works of arts. Theirs is a creative project on a human scale, which gives them myriad options for expressing their boundless love of art, in a residence open to the public without previous appointment.
Rue du Châtelain 49
+32 2 649 81 78
WIELS Centre d'Art Contemporain, Brussels
The Wiels Contemporary Art Centre is staging ‘Body Talk’ from 2 February until early May 2015.
The proposals by the six artists who have been approached can be seen as ways of rediscovering, reintegrating and reincarnating the body; the media of contemporary art—performance, photography, video, film—are among the many solutions, bringing together artists from North, Sub-Saharan and South Africa. They strive to define and articulate notions of feminism and sexuality in the work by six African women—artists whose bodies serve as tools, models, supports, subjects or objects.
Av. Van Volxem 354
+32 2 340 00 53
Museum Rubenshuis, Antwerp
Rubens and his family lived in this palatial setting for more than a quarter of a century. It was here that the artist did the lion’s share of his work, entertained Europe’s nobility and royalty and kept his impressive art collection in a beautiful art cabinet. The charming garden, the artist’s workshop and the fabulous collection attract visitors from all over the world.
Rubens reveals his true self in this house, for he personally designed the most important parts of this palazzo on the River Scheldt. You will discover a collection of splendid works by Rubens, his fellow artists and contemporaries.
+32 3 201 15 55
Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp
The Museum Plantin-Moretus is a unique book lover's paradise. It is just as if, after 440 years, the working day is about to begin for the type-founders, compositors, printers and proof-readers in this world famous printing establishment. The oldest printing presses in the world are there, intact and ready to roll. The offices and shop echo with conversations between Christoffel Plantin and aristocratic and scholarly clients from all over the world. The museum contains a superb collection of old drawings and prints by Antwerp masters from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the building and the walled garden are oases of peace.
+ 32 3 221 14 50
Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp
Museum Mayer van den Bergh (Antwerp) houses an exquisite art collection, brought together by one man, Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901). He was primarily interested in Netherlandish art from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, with a special interest in Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Two of his masterpieces, Mad Meg and Twelve Proverbs, are part of the collection. After Mayer van den Bergh’s death, his mother, Henriëtte van den Bergh, established this museum to house the works of art he had collected during his lifetime. The paintings, sculptures, tapestries, drawings, stained-glass windows and much more have found their place for posterity in this museum with its homely interior and adapted historical style.
Lange Gasthuisstraat 19
+32 3 338 81 88
Rockox House Museum, Antwerp
The Golden Cabinet: Royal Museum at the Rockox House. During the latter part of the sixteenth century and the early part of the seventeenth, Antwerp enjoyed an especially favourable artistic and economic climate. Many patricians and merchants built up magnificent collections of art.
Visitors will be able to see what an Antwerp art collection must have looked like in the Golden Age. More particularly, the residence of burgomaster and patron Nicolaas Rockox (1560–1640) is being transformed into a luxurious art cabinet with masterpieces from Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts (closed for renovation) and the most important works from the Rockox House itself. On display will be a range of fine paintings by such masters as Van der Weyden, Memling, Van Eyck, Rubens and Van Dyck.
+32 3 201 92 85